Till, 51, will become dean of the Westminster school in October and will replace outgoing dean Alan Jago who has moved up to a pro-vice chancellor role.
In 2005 Till unsuccessfully ran to become chairman of the Architectural Association – and was beaten by Brett Steele – although later that year he was chosen to curate the 2006 Venice Biennale and focused his exhibition on the regional cities.
According to a spokesman from Westminster, Till is a ‘sometimes controversial design critic’ who has ‘cemented himself as one of the leading figures in UK architecture.’
Till said: ‘The built environment is such a complex beast that it needs a range of approaches to address any issue; Westminster is one of the few places in the country that is able to provide this joined up-research and thinking.
‘It is also an opportunity to contribute to the development of one of the world’s great cities. I am interested in the idea of the public intellectual – how academics might contribute to the wider good; the school is in a perfect position to do this in relation to urban and design issues that will be critical to building a sustainable and green future for London.’
Till will keep his role as a director and consultant with his partner Sarah Wigglesworth’s practice.