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Victoria Thornton steps down from Open City role

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Open City founding director Victoria Thornton has announced she is stepping down from her role at the organisation

Thornton will take over the running of the Open House Worldwide programme and will head up a new Open-City impact study.

The charity is set to start recruiting for a replacement for Thornton in October.

Thornton founded Open-City in 1992 to promote public awareness and appreciation of the capital’s building design and architecture.

Her new role, leading Open City Worldwide, as well as Founder of Open-City, will see her devoting one day a week to the charity. Recruitment for a new director is set to begin in October.

Thornton, said: ‘It has been an incredible ride steering Open-City along over the years and we are in a stronger place now than ever. My energy now will focus on Open House Worldwide, with an incredible ‘family of 32 cities’ in the anticipation of it growing to 50 by 2017 with applications in from Venice, Milan, San Diego, Amman, Lagos, Santiago and Kuala Lumpur. A key focus will producing an impact study to show the success it brings to cities and towns across the world.’

Open-City has also announced that the Berkeley Group’s executive chairman, Tony Pidgley is set to join the charity as a trustee.

Pidgley, commented: ‘You don’t learn to love architecture from a text book. You’ve got to touch the detail and understand how a place was made. Open-City’s education programmes play an excellent role in reaching out to future generations whilst the incredibly successful Open House festival of architecture and design helps us care about this great city. So I am very honoured to become a trustee.’

Pidgley will sit on the board of trustees alongside Alison Brooks, director of Alison Brooks Architects, Edwin Heathcote, FT architecture critic, Stephen Howlett, CEO of Peabody, Helen Newman, partner Olswang, former MP Nick Raynsford, and Alan Stanton, partner of Stanton Williams Architects.

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