President Elect, RIBA , Director, AHMM
Simon Allford is a leading architect and a founding director of Allford Hall Monaghan Morris.
Working from AHMM’s Clerkenwell based studio he leads a design team of two hundred plus architects based in London, Bristol and America. The team work internationally on a wide range and scale of award winning environmentally considered projects that each look at a particular way of finding the potential for the extraordinary in the everyday buildings of the city. Key recent buildings include the University of Amsterdam; Google and DeepMind’s HQ offices in London, Berlin and Canada as well as The White Collar Factory, Hawley Wharf and Post Building in London.
Currently Simon is leading the design of a series of large scale urban research and design projects in London, the UK, Europe, India and America. These look at the design of places to live, work and play and the many combinations thereof. The studio uses its track record of Bream Outstanding buildings such as the White Collar Factory to focus on leading the engagement of clients in the design of low carbon architecture and environments that look at both the immediate present and out to the long term future. His interest is in an architecture of a particular quality that successfully eschews the rigid confinements of the particular use that brought it in to being!
Simon recently retired after a seven year term as Chair of the Architecture Foundation. He is a former trustee of the Architecture Association Foundation; Honorary Secretary and Treasurer of The Architectural Association; RIBA Vice President for Education; member of RIBA Awards Group and Chair of Design Review at CABE.
Simon is a frequent judge of major awards and competitions, a writer, critic and advisor to various bodies. He studied at Sheffield, then the Bartlett and has taught and examined at Liverpool, Nottingham, Sheffield and schools around the world. He is visiting professor at The Bartlett at the GSD Harvard where he recently ran a studio with Hanif Kara.
Simon’s long term support of accessible pathways into Higher Education is reflected by his engagement in many initiatives at AHMM, his founding membership of the practices Employee Ownership Trust Board and his current role as both a supporter and Trustee of both the London School of Architecture and Chickenshed Theatres Trust.
Simon became President Elect of the RIBA on 1 September 2020 and will assume the presidency from 1 September 2021 for a two-year term.