Straight after my studies, I worked with Eric Parry Architects and Allies and Morrison observing first hand how these practices handled their communication. This led me to establish an agency in London with a range of architects and developer clients, including giving strategic PR advice to Arup for over 15 years. I worked on press campaigns with Arup's Deputy Chairman Cecil Balmond and his Advanced Geometry Unit (AGU). In addition to day-to-day PR support for the AGU, I looked after the Unit's PR for the Serpentine Gallery summer pavilion launches, a major exhibition at Louisiana Museum in Denmark and the first site specific exhibition at the Graham Foundation in Chicago. I also led on international press visits for the exhibitions and other AGU and Arup projects.
From the outset, I was interested in the role of drawing in the promotion of architecture and in 2016 I began working with Make Architects on The Architecture Drawing Prize – a collaboration with Sir John Soane’s Museum and the World Architecture Festival (WAF). The Prize is heading into its fourth year and enjoys a thoughtful wide reaching social media campaign including a blog post series about architecture and drawing.
Drawing also features in my book Is It All About Image (Wiley 2014) which discusses how communication works in architecture, including the experiences of practices such as Foster + Partners, SHoP Architecture and Kivi Sotamaa's research-led studio in Helsinki. The foreword of the book is by the Financial Times' Architectural Correspondent Edwin Heathcote concluding with the following sentiment, "You can succeed without publicity. But it will be harder". Is It All About Image features viewpoints from other leading critics on the topic of architects in relation to media. There are also project case studies, including a couple focussing on my clients, Ushida Findlay and Rafael Viñoly Architects. I supported both practices when they first set up their London offices and have represented other international studios, like Sauerbruch Hutton, by helping to build their profiles in the UK.
Working remotely with international clients is something I am doing increasingly. For example, I have collaborated on several publication projects with San Francisco based Form4 Architecture including an Architectural Review monograph published in 2016 and an Oro Editions book dedicated to watercolours by John Marx published at the start of 2020.