Rory is an award-winning journalist and critic and editor of the Architects’ Journal.
Before his career in journalism, Rory studied architecture at the University of Strathclyde, worked in practice in Glasgow, Liege and Istanbul, and as a designer in the videogames industry. He also led a first-year design studio at Strathclyde University for two years and today is a guest critic at a number of UK and Irish universities.
Rory is a regular commentator on radio and television, and in national newspapers, and regularly speaks at industry events. Rory has been a BCI Awards judge since 2009, a RIBA Awards judge and in 2015, was a member of the Stirling Prize jury.
In 2015, under his editorship, the AJ was nominated for an unprecedented 12 media awards, winning four, with Rory picking up IBP magazine of the year on behalf of AJ (for the second time in a row) and architecture writer of the Year (the third time he has won the award).
Top 10 buildings to see at Open House LondonSubscription
More than 700 buildings are open to the public this weekend. Open House’s director Rory Olcayto selects his top 10
The five years of fun and spectacle at Peckham car park demonstrated a vital alternative to the dead hand of official ‘regen’
Rory Olcayto examines the artistry that went into the creation of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners’ World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre at the British Museum
This week the AJ is celebrating craftwork: from model-making to hand drawing to developing your own buildings
We have lost a great visual communicatorSubscription
Scotland – and the world of architecture – are poorer for the untimely death of Gareth Hoskins
When they are civic-minded, skyscrapers and ground-up regen are both valid and central to London’s future,
It’s time to rewrite the history books to celebrate the unsung heroes and heroines of architecture
A shift to freelance employment is leading clients to demand workplaces that feel more like homes than offices, says Argent managing partner David Partridge
Hart Street House by Richard Murphy ArchitectsSubscription
Forget RIBA House of the Year – Richard Murphy’s Edinburgh home is the AJ’s house of the year, writes Rory Olcayto
It’s not ‘ye banks and braes’ that define modern Scotland, but its surpassing urban architecture