City livery company the Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects enjoyed a shindig last week the RIBA would have struggled to match.
The lunch, held to mark the installation of the NLA’s Peter Murray as the company’s new master, was attended by dozens of movers and shakers ranging from top developers Nigel Webb and Collette O’Shea of British Land and Land Securities respectively, to former lord mayor of London Mike Bear and architects Michel Mossessian, Deborah Saunt and Foster + Partners’ Grant Brooker.
In fact the event was so popular that organisers had to switch to a larger venue.
The speaker was Richard Rogers who, slightly surreally, was given the job of presenting the company’s City Building of the Year award to fellow RSHP partner Graham Stirk for the Cheesegrater.
While the affection between the two seemed genuine, one wonders how Rogers felt as guests were asked to raise a toast to Prince Charles.