The image above shows the London local network as five new London Architect Groups - North, East, South East, South West and West - due to launch later in 2017.
This new model of local Architect Groups is based around a simple radial model which aligns with transport corridors and regeneration areas. Although all areas share central and suburban boroughs, they each have unique issues both for the capital and the work of our members.
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Branch Network 2016
Camden Architects Forum (CAF)
The branch previously organised CPD events at Sheppard Robson offices. They maintain a relationship with the Architectural Association for giving awards to first year students.
In 2013 CAF commissioned a film to explore the public’s perception of architects and ask Camden residents what the profession does beyond designing buildings. Committee members and local practices were interviewed as part of this process and you can view the film 'What do architects do?' online.
Croydon, Sutton & Bromley (CSB)
Boroughs: Croydon, Sutton and Bromley
The branch organises regular CPD events and socials held at members’ practices and local venues. Planning debates with local authority officers have been popular.
In 2015 the branch co-ordinated a local ‘CSB Architectural Award’ for practices that work and have delivered projects within the Croydon, Sutton and Bromley boundaries. An exhibition of entries and winners (Architype and Geraghty Taylor) coincided with London Festival of Architecture. The branch repeated the awards in 2016.
Chair: Bernard Humphrey-Gaskin / Contact Secretary: Paul Ugwu
Cities of London & Westminster (CLAWSA)
Boroughs: City of London and City of Westminster
The branch reformed in 2015 after a successful tour of The Leadenhall Building by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, and a tour of Hotel Cafe Royal with Donald Insall Associates. The branch maintains a relationship with the University of Westminster for selecting student award winners and for local events.
In June 2015 CLAWSA hosted the 'Tale of Two Cities' event at LSE's Saw Swee Hock Centre with Peter Rees, Rosemarie Macqueen and moderated by Daisy Froud.
East London Architects (ELA)
Boroughs: Barking & Dagenham, Havering, Newham, Redbridge and Waltham Forest
The branch re-launched in 2014 and have developed some key local contacts and projects since then. They maintain a relationship with the University of East London and are associated with ArchitectsE17.
With the imminent redevelopment of Wood Street in Walthamstow, ELA facilitated a community build project in collaboration with ArchitectsE17, Wood Street First, University of East London and local community groups. The aim was to tune into local needs and aspirations for future development and to encourage involvement in local placemaking.
Two bus tours of residential buildings were organised by ELA for London Festival of Architecture in June 2014. These E17 Bus of Buildings tours aimed to start discussion about housing design. A printed booklet with photos, drawings and data for stops on the tour provided a comparison of scale, density, tenure and design approach.
North East Thames Architectural Society (NETAS)
Boroughs: Hackney, Islington and Tower Hamlets
In 2015 the branch established events such as talks, tours and socials for members in these busy North East boroughs under the banner of Architecture THHIS.
North West London Society of Architects (NWLSA)
Boroughs: Barnet, Brent, Ealing, Enfield, Haringey, Harrow, Hillingdon and Hounslow
The branch covers a wide geographical area and have organised events and projects linked to specific places such as Tottenham (Summer on the Green). The branch also hosts tours and general interest events e.g. talks on CDM regulations. The committee maintain a relationship with the CASS school of architecture for the student awards process.
Following a successful building visit to the Brent Civic Centre in Wembley in 2014, the branch organised a talk, 'The Importance of Civic and Cultural Projects for North West London', to highlight key projects in the NW boroughs.
Contact Chair: Vinesh Pomal
Richmond, Kingston & Merton (RKM)
Boroughs: Richmond, Kingston and Merton
The branch has organised CPD events and socials at architects’ offices and local venues including Kingston University. They have also organised tours and outings e.g. a visit to the Queen Elizabeth Park in Stratford.
For London Festival of Architecture in June 2013, RKM hosted an entertaining and relaxing return boat trip from Kew to Hampton Court. Attendees could take in the fantastic views along the Thames and listen to speakers talk about past, present and future development.
South East London Society of Architects (SELSA)
Boroughs: Bexley, Greenwich and Lewisham
The branch organises various events and socials. SELSA maintain relationships with both Greenwich University and Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication. A talk by Robert Firth about Generation Z accompanied the branch's recent AGM.
They have also organised tours to coincide with London Open House weekend, site visits of the newly opened Greenwich University building by Heneghan Peng Architects and lectures by architects such as Duggan Morris.
Chair: Malachy McAleer / Contact Secretary: Justin Kelly
South London Society of Architects (SLSA)
Boroughs: Lambeth, Southwark and Wandsworth
The branch has delivered a range of different events and competitions focusing on topics such as BIM and photography. SLSA maintain a relationship with London South Bank University for student prizes and other links.
Chair: Debbie Flevotomou / Contact Secretary: Dmitry Ivanoff
West London Architectural Society (WLAS)
Boroughs: Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea
The branch hosts regular monthly meetings, organises building tours and engages in projects focusing on changes to key sites in the boroughs. WLAS maintain a relationship with the Royal College of Art for student awards.
The Hammersmith Flyunder Project is an ongoing piece of work for local architects, including WLAS members, who propose the flyover as a flyunder to open up new space in Hammersmith. For London Festival of Architecture the branch engaged school students and members of the public through workshops and exhibitions.
Chair: Allan Baird / Contact Secretary: Simone de Gale