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Director Lucy Musgrave to leave Architecture Foundation

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Architecture Foundation director Lucy Musgrave is to step down after five years in the post. Musgrave announced last week that she would be leaving the organisation, just nine months after Will Alsop took over as chair.

Musgrave, who has been at the foundation for eight years in total, denied her decision was in any way connected to the organisation's recent funding crisis. And she added that it was financially robust, with a number of good projects on the go.

She said she would be taking a break before deciding on her next move and pledged to put all her energy into helping find her replacement.

Alsop said he understood Musgrave's decision to leave the 'demanding' position, and added that they had enjoyed a constructive working relationship.

Details of the recruitment process will be announced shortly. Alsop said he would be looking for someone 'jolly good' who has 'genuine deep feeling for architecture and the built environment in the deepest sense'. Though he would consider anyone, there were two or three people he would love to apply, he said.

The news indicates a further weakening of the link between the AF and its founder Lord Rogers - Musgrave's father-in-law. Since relinquishing the chair to Alsop, Lord Rogers has remained only a member of the advisory committee for its Glasshouse project, a nationwide design advisory service for residents, on behalf of the Glasshouse Trust.

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