The Architecture Foundation faces a series of crunch meetings this week with housing minister Lord Falconer, London mayor Ken Livingstone and the EU, in an attempt to secure vital funding.
The meeting with Livingstone is due today. The foundation will present a letter calling for increased support and the establishment of a London architecture centre. It will include more than 200 supporting signatories from the arts, architecture and business community.
Haruo Morishima, associate director of the Architecture Foundation, said: 'London is a world city and is perceived as a leader in architecture, yet we have no architecture centre.'
The petition will also be presented to Lord Falconer tomorrow. Will Alsop, director of the foundation, said: 'Many government agencies seem to support what we do. They like the idea, but are not prepared to pay. These meetings are about finding out where we really stand.'
But the foundation is expected to score one financial success this week. It will form part of the European GAUDI (Governance, Architecture, Urbanism, Democracy, Interaction) initiative. It will share an EU grant of £555,000, which will fund nine European architecture organisations for collaborative exhibitions and research.