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Architecture Foundation launches search for new director

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The Architecture Foundation has advertised for an ‘inspirational and entrepreneurial’ director as part of its efforts to relaunch as a smaller and nimbler organisation

As AJ revealed in June, the cash-strapped organisation has had to be rescued from a financial and leadership crisis since long-standing director Sarah Ichioka and Noemi Blager, who took over last September as maternity cover for Ichioka, left the organisation.

Chairman Simon Allford - co-founder of AHMM - said at the time that the Foundation was looking to relaunch as a different kind of foundation.

He added: ‘We want to be more nimble, relevant, mobile, responsive to challenges, not afraid to express an opinion and provoke a debate. The changes are about focusing on a programme, not a base.’

The new job description states: ‘The Architecture Foundation is seeking an inspirational, entrepreneurial and experienced person to lead it into the next phase of its development.

‘The director will ensure excellence and financial resilience through the development and implementation of a vision and business strategy that further develops the Foundation’s reputation and profile within London, nationally and internationally’.

The new vision for the Foundation also includes a new home.

The organisation, – which famously saw its dreams for a £5 million Zaha Hadid-designed headquarters dashed in 2008 – has quit its Tooley Street headquarters in Southwark and moved to a temporary home at the Cass at London Metropolitan University.

The deadline for applications to the role is 1 December. Information for how to apply can be found, here.


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