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V&A begins hunt for talented small practices

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Keeper of the museum’s design, architecture and digital department Kieran Long announces new talent search

Up-and-coming architects have been invited to pitch their services to the Victoria & Albert Museum.

Speaking at the RIBA Guerrilla Tactics business conference yesterday (10 November), former AJ editor Long said the institution – which is planning a new venue within the Olympicopolis cultural quarter in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – was interested in harnessing new design talent.

He explained that the V&A, which was founded in 1852 following the Great Exhibition, is seeking to re-emphasise its historic focus on both the arts and industry, adding that he is involved in V&A building projects as well as exhibitions.

‘There are lots of opportunities for practices like your own to get involved,’ he said. ‘We hope that many people will help us rethink the idea of a public building… we need your help.’

In May, the V&A announced the appointment of David Bickle, a senior partner at Hawkins\Brown, to replace the late Moira Gemmill as its new head of design.

The museum is undertaking a host of major construction projects, including Amanda Levete’s £49 million Exhibition Road building, Kengo Kuma’s new outpost for the museum in Dundee, forthcoming phases of the ‘Future Plan’ for South Kensington and the new venue within Olympicopolis (see below).

Allies and Morrison's Olympicopolis proposals - contest win (May 2015)

Allies and Morrison’s Olympicopolis proposals - contest win (May 2015)

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