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New Open City chair Kelly aims to 'triple income'

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Crispin Kelly wants to ‘double or triple’ contributions to the charity which organises Open House London, following his appointment to chair its board of trustees

Kelly, who is chief executive of Baylight Properties, will lead the board of Open-City in setting the strategy and policy of the organisation.

Speaking to the AJ, he said that the charity needs to raise more money to grow the organisation’s educational outreach work.

He said: ‘The Open House stuff is very important - but equally important is the work we do running courses and teaching young people or non-architects involved with architecture about the discipline.

‘It isn’t done in school and at the moment a lot of people are in a bit of a mess when it comes to expressing their view on architecture beyond saying they like or hate it.

‘Doing that goes hand-in-hand with greater fundraising and we are certainly looking to double or triple our income.’

He said that he would be looking to raise the profile of the charity beyond the architecture profession in order to help the drive for more money.

As well as organising Open House London, which each year sees hundreds of properties open their doors to the public, the organisation runs schools education programmes and corporate social responsibility initiatives with companies.

It also works with local authority officers and councillors, regeneration professionals and developers to advocate for good design in new development.

Kelly has been chief executive of Baylight since founding the company in 1982.

He also set up development and research firm Groundplan, which aims to create improved housing projects.

He studied architecture at the Architectural Association and became president of the organization in 2001.

The Open-City board of trustees also includes Alison Brooks, director of Alison Brooks Architects, Edwin Heathcote, FT architecture critic, Stephen Howlett, chief executive of housing provider Peabody, Helen Newman, partner at law firm Olswang, Nick Raynsford MP, and Alan Stanton, partner at Stanton Williams Architects.

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