Peter Murray OBE
Founder, New London Architecture
Peter is Co-Founder of NLA and started the organisation together with Nick Mckeogh in 2005. He founded the London Festival of Architecture the previous year. He is a Mayor of London’s Design Advocate, Chairman of the Temple Bar Trust, Past Master of the Architects’ Company, a board member of Be First, Barking and Dagenham’s regeneration delivery company, and of the Association of Architectural Organisations.
His role is to oversee the quality of NLA’s output and to act as its public face.
Director, London Festival of Architecture
Rosa is Director at London Festival of Architecture, where she leads on strategic development, curation and delivery of the festival’s annual programme. In parallel to her work at LFA, Rosa also teaches architecture at the University of East London.
Jules Pipe CBE
Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills · Greater London Authority
Jules Pipe is working on key priorities for the Mayor, including: implementation of the London Plan, major and community-led regeneration projects across the capital, building a skills system that properly addresses the needs of Londoners and the economy, and ensuring London’s infrastructure supports good growth, meets the needs of London’s communities and makes London a cleaner, greener and smarter City. Jules has unrivalled knowledge of London government, becoming the first directly elected mayor of Hackney in 2002 and serving as Chair of London Councils from 2010 until he joined the Mayor’s team in 2016.
CEO, London & Partners
Laura is CEO of London & Partners, the business growth and destination agency for London. She leads the organisation to promote London internationally as a leading word city in which to visit, invest, grow and meet.
Prior to London & Partners, she was Managing Director of the Government & Public Sector Practice at WPP, the world’s largest marketing and communication services business.
CEO, Foundation for Future London
Maria Adebowale-Schwarte is CEO of Foundation for Future London. She is a placemaking and grants strategist with over 25 years cross-sector experience in heritage, human and environmental rights, improving urban places and green spaces. Maria’s book The Place Making Factor explores the role of philanthropy in unlocking siloed approaches to funding.
She is the founder of Living Space Project, an Ambassador for the Design Council and an Inaugural Fellow at the Centre for Knowledge Equity, Skoll Centre, University of Oxford.
Maria also sits on several governance boards and advisory groups that hold a strong place-led, sustainable development, culture, and heritage focus including National Lottery Heritage Fund, and Mayor of London’s Sustainable Development Commission, leading on social value regeneration, and City of London’s Culture and Commerce Taskforce.
Judy Ling Wong CBE
Honorary President of Black Environment Network (BEN) & a founding trustee, Greater London National Park City
Judy is a painter, poet, environmentalist, and expert advisor on multicultural environmental participation. She is probably best known as the Honorary President of Black Environment
Network (BEN). For 27 years she was the UK Director of BEN, with an international reputation as the pioneer and creator of the field of multicultural environmental participation in the built and natural environment. Judy is a major voice on policy and practice towards social inclusion.
She is recognised as a visionary advocate for diversity and equality. She was awarded an OBE for pioneering multicultural environmental participation in 2000, and a CBE for services to heritage in 2007. Recently, she was included in the BBC Power Women List 2021, and the Forbes List of 100 Leading Environmentalists in the UK 2021, Climate Reframe List of 100 best-known UK BAME activists. She was given the Vanity Fair International Women’s Day Challenger Award 2021 and the Earth Day Green Plaque Award 2021. Judy is a regular guest on the Sky News Daily Climate Show.
Her current contribution includes Chair - Green Apprenticeships Advisory Group, supporting the BEIS Green Recovery Taskforce, Member - UKRI Hidden Histories Advisory Group, Member - Weston Communicating Climate Advisory Group. Media Trust, Co-Founder - National Park City Foundation, Member - Living Landscapes Research Steering Group. Royal Society, Member - IUCN/WCPA Urban Conservation Strategies Specialist Group, Member – Aluna Cultural Strategy Development Group, Patron - Population Matters Advisory Group, Patron – CIEEM Chartered Institute of Ecological and Environmental Management, Board member - Botanic Gardens Education Network, Ambassador – Women’s Environmental Network.
Mayor of Hackney & Exec. Member Transport & Environment, London Councils
Mayor Philip Glanville is Chair of London Councils’ Transport & Environment Committee, and was elected Mayor of Hackney in September 2016, becoming the borough’s second directly elected Mayor. Previously a councillor in Hoxton West for 10 years, Philip spent 3 years as Cabinet Member for Housing before becoming Deputy Mayor in 2016, and then Mayor in September of that year.
Shravan Joshi MBE
Chair of the Planning & Transportation Committee, City of London
Shravan Joshi has served since 2018 as an elected member at the City Corporation and has held various positions including:
He is Chairman of Planning & Transportation Committee and Local Plans Sub Committee and a Member of the Policy and Resources Committee and Resource Allocation Sub-Committee.
Shravan started his career in investment banking but moved to the energy sector in 1999. He specialised in trade structuring and supply chain contracts into Central Asia, Eastern Europe, the Far East and North America. He has worked with several new energy technology companies, and he advises and consults on commercialisation of new innovations and solutions.
Clara Bagenal George
Associate Environmental Design Engineer, Elementa Consulting & a Mayor's Design Advocate for Good Growth
Clara Bagenal George is an Associate at Elementa Consulting and one of the London Mayor’s Design Advocates for Good Growth. Clara initiated LETI in 2017 and is the chair of the technical steering group for the new UK Net Zero Carbon Buildings Standard, a cross-industry initiative.
Dean and Professor of Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
Andrés Jaque is an architect, researcher and curator. His work explores architecture as the entanglement of bodies, technologies and environments. He is the Dean and Professor of Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. He has been awarded with the Frederick Kiesler Prize for Architecture and the Arts, the Silver Lion to the Best Project of the 2014 Venice Biennale and the Dionisio Hernández Gil Prize. He is the Chief Curator of the 13th Shanghai Biennale, Bodies of Water, and the co-curator of Manifesta 13th in Palermo, The Planetary Garden. Cultivating Co-Existence, an inquire into the ecologic, technological and political roles Palermo plays in the boundary of the global North and South.
His books include: Superpowers of Scale (Columbia Press, 2020), More-Than-Human (with Marina Otero and Lucia Piestroiusti; Idea Books, 2020), Mies y la gata Niebla. Ensayos sobre arquitectura y cosmopolítica (Puente Editores, 2019), Transmaterial Politics (MCD, 2017), Transmaterial / Calculable (ARQ, 2017), PHANTOM. Mies as Rendered Society (ACTAR, 2013) and Different Kinds of Water Pouring into a Swimming Pool (CalArts, 2013).
Jaque is the founder of the Office for Political Innovation, an architectural practice based in New York and Madrid. The office has a broad portfolio of awarded projects, that includes the Reggio School in Madrid, the Babyn Yar Museum of Memory and Oblivion in Kiev, the Thyssen Bornemisza Ocean Space in Venezia, Colegio Reggio in El Encinar de los Reyes, the Clergy House at the historic center of Plasencia, COSMO MoMA PS1 in New York, Escaravox at Matadero Madrid, Transvector at Lafayette Anticipations in Paris, Rambla Climate-House in Molina de Segura, House in Never Never Land in Ibiza, Ròmola in Madrid, Hybrid Infrastucture: RUN RUN RUN, TUPPER HOMES, Rolling House for the Rolling Society, among others. All these projects are part of a critical practice rethinking architectural formats as performance projects that include: Being Silica (Performa NY, 2021), IKEA Disobedients (MoMA, 2012), Superpowers of Ten (Lisbon Architecture Triennial 2013; Chicago Architecture Biennial 2015; Jumex Museum, Ciudad de México, 2016; ZKM Karlsruhe, 2016), 12 Actions to Make Peter Eisenman Transparent (Cidade da Cultura, Santiago de Compostela, 2004), 1L Oil Banquet (Madrid, 2007); and research-based installation projects including: Spirits Roaming the Earth (Whitechapel Gallery, London, 2018), Pornified Homes (Oslo Architecture Triennial, 2016), Intimate Strangers (London Design Museum, 2016), Sales Oddity. Milano 2 and the Politics of Direct-To-Home TV Urbanism (14 Venice Biennale, 2014), PHANTOM. Mies as Rendered Society (Arts Institute of Chicago, 2012), Fray Foam Home. When Decoration Becomes Political (12 Venice Biennale, 2010), among others.
Principal, CM Design Atelier and Curator, 2nd Sharjah Architecture Triennial
Tosin Oshinowo is a Lagos-based Nigerian architect and designer renowned for her expansive residential and commercial spaces, and insights into socially-responsive approaches to urbanism. Grounded in a deep respect for Yoruba culture and history and coming from a markedly African context, Oshinowo’s designs embody a contemporary perspective on the next generation of African design and afro-minimalism: a responsive reflection of the past, present, and future of architecture and design that prioritizes sustainability, resilience, and poise. She is also the curator of the 2023 Sharjah Architecture Triennial.
As an architect, Oshinowo is best known as the founder and principal of cmDesign Atelier (cmD+A), established in 2012. Based in Lagos, the practice has undertaken a number of predominant civic projects, including the design of the Maryland Mall, as well as a wide range of residential projects, including luminous beach houses on the coast of the oceanside city. Her interest in architecture extends into a broader vision of urbanism and community as well; she is currently working on a project with the United Nations Development Programme in Northeast Nigeria, building an entire new community for a village displaced by Boko Haram.
Prior to founding cmD+A, she worked in the offices of Skidmore Owings & Merrill in London and the Office of Metropolitan Architecture Rotterdam, where she was part of the team that designed the 4th Mainland Bridge proposal in 2008. Upon returning to Lagos, she practiced at James Cubitt Architects and led on notable projects including the master plan and corporate head office building for Nigeria LNG in Port Harcourt.
As a product designer, her work is primarily focused on the design of chairs; in 2017, she created Ilé-Ilà, which means House of Lines in her native Yoruba language. A luxury brand, Ilé-Ilà chairs are made to order, designed and handmade in Lagos and has been featured as a highlight of contemporary African furniture design in publications around the world, including Harper's Bazaar Interiors April 2018, Elle Decor January 2020, and Grazia online June 2020.
Oshinowo’s work also spans into the conceptual sphere, with a strong interest in architectural history and socially-responsive approaches to architecture, design, and urbanism, underpinned by a passion for supporting African design and innovation. In 2020, she partnered with Lexus on conceptual design explorations for Design Miami/, and written prolifically on urbanism, afro modernism, design, and identity in publications including Expansions, a publication as part of the 2021 Venice Architecture Biennale and Omenka Online, a topic also explored in her TEDxPortHarcourt talk in November 2017. She also co-curated the second Lagos Biennial titled How to build a Lagoon from a bottle of Wine? in 2019.
Oshinowo is a registered Architect in the Federal Republic of Nigeria and a member of the Royal Institute of the British Architects, with design and architectural degree from Kingston College in London, a masters degree in urban design in development from the Bartlett School of Architecture, a Diploma in Architecture from the Architecture Association London, and an MBA for Architecture and Design from IE University. She has won numerous awards, including 3rd City People Real Estate Awards for Architect of the Year 2017 and the Lord’s Achievers Awards for Creativity, in celebration of World Achievers day 2019.
Ecocity World Summits are an initiative by Ecocity Builders. Delivery of the London 2023 Ecocity World Summit is being led by NLA, in partnership with London & Partners and event delivery partner MCI.