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V&A director of design set to leave for Royal role

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Moria Gemmill is set to leave her post as director of design at the Victoria & Albert Museum for a new role upgrading Royal palaces

During more than a decade at the museum, Gemmill has presided over a series of architectural projects to create new gallery space and the commissioning of Kengo Kuma’s V&A Museum of Design Dundee.

But at an Archiboo talk on the museum’s recent past and its future, hosted at Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios’ London base today (December 4), Gemmill revealed she would be leaving her current role later this month.

‘I’m going to work for the Royal Household,’ she said.

‘It’s a new job they’ve created to look at masterplanning for Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse.’

Gemmill said her 13 years at the V&A had been ‘extraordinary’ and that she hoped her next role would be as ‘fantastic and enjoyable’.

Gemmill, who is due to start at the Royal Household in February, said she expected that Holyroodhouse in particular would require ‘a lot of attention’ as it was ‘beginning to look decidedly municipal’.

Her V&A role includes responsibility for its Future Plan portfolio of projects, which has included development of the Sackler Centre, and the recent completion of one of the South Kensington centre’s two ‘Cast Courts’, which was undertaken by Harrap.

Speaking at today’s event, Gemmill said she was inspired by the use of light planned for Amanda Levete Architects’ (AL_A) £49million work-in-progress underground gallery and new entrance for the main museum’s Exhibition Road entrance.

Gemmill said she ‘couldn’t say she was sorry’ that the earlier £100million Studio Libeskind proposals for new Exhibition Road gallery were dropped around 10 years ago.

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