Principal of AL_A
Amanda Levete is a RIBA Stirling Prize-winning architect and principal of architecture studio AL_A. Collaborating with ambitious and visionary clients, AL_A develop designs that are conceptualised not just as buildings, but as urban propositions – projects that express the identity of an institution, a city or even a nation. Recently completed projects include two new buildings for Wadham College at the University of Oxford; a new centre for the cancer care charity Maggie’s in Southampton; the Victoria & Albert Museum Exhibition Road Quarter in London, the V&A’s largest building project in over 100 years; and MAAT, a Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology in Lisbon, commissioned by EDP, one of the world’s foremost energy companies. Ongoing commissions around the world include the renovation and expansion of Paisley Museum in Scotland; three hospital buildings in Cyprus; the reimagining of the D’Ieteren Headquarters in Brussels; and the design of a prototype fusion plant for clean energy firm General Fusion in Oxford. Levete trained at the Architectural Association and worked for Richard Rogers before joining Future Systems as a partner in 1989, where she realised ground-breaking buildings including the Media Centre at Lord’s Cricket Ground and Selfridges department store in Birmingham. In 2017 Levete was recognised in the Queen’s Birthday honours list and made a CBE for services to architecture. In 2018 she was awarded the Jane Drew Prize and in 2019 she was elected an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.