Maxwell Hutchinson (Founding Trustee – since 2005)
On Boxing Day 2004, Maxwell was caught up in the Asian Tsunami in Sri Lanka. He saw first-hand the devastation that a natural disaster can bring. He realised that better planning of shelter was a skill built environment professionals could deploy to both speed up post-dsaster recovery and alleviate poverty as part of long-term development. Maxwell established Article 25 (then ‘Architects for Aid’) to address this need and asked Dr. Victoria Harris to be CEO. Maxwell has been an architect and broadcaster for many years, presenting on television and radio, and is a past president of the Royal Institute of British Architects.
Jack Pringle (Founding Trustee, Chair – since 2005)
Jack is a past president of the RIBA and managing partner at architectural firm Pringle Brandon. As one of the founding Trustees of Article 25 he has been involved from the very beginning in setting up the charity and working to make it a success. Jack’s practice, Pringle Brandon, is also a major donor to and supporter of Article 25, and gave us a home in their office for the first years of the organisation’s life.
Lord Norman Foster (since 2006)
Lord Foster is one of the most renowned architects practicing in the world today. His practice, Foster + Partners, is based in London and has offices worldwide. Since its foundation in 1967, the practice has been responsible for a wide range of internationally recognised projects including London’s Swiss Re ‘Gherkin’ building, Wembley Stadium, and the restoration of the German Reichstag. Lord Foster was one of the first people requested to join the board of Article 25 and did not hesitate, becoming a trustee early in 2006.
Peter Murray (since 2006)
Peter is the founder of the prestigious London Architectural Biennale, now known as the London Festival of Architecture, and Chairman of Wordsearch. He is Exhibition Director of the New London Architecture Gallery, former editor of Building Design, the RIBA Journal, and publisher of Blueprint Magazine. Peter is also a passionate long-distance cyclist and founded the Annual Charitable Cycle2Cannes bike ride to raise money for various charitable organizations, including vital funds every year for Article 25′s work.
Geoffrey Payne (since 2012)
Geoffrey is a housing and urban development consultant with four decades of experience in developing countries. He has undertaken consultancy, research and training assignments in most parts of the world for a wide range of development agencies and directed postgraduate teaching and professional training programmes internationally. Geoffrey founded GPA in 1995, is an External Associate Adviser to the British Council, a trustee of the Building and Social Housing Foundation, and a member of the RICS President’s Commission on Disaster Management. He is also a founding member of the Development from Disasters Network and a member of the RIBA Knowledge Community for Development and Disaster Relief’s Expert Peer Group.
Robin Cross (since 2008)
Robin is Article 25′s C.E.O and Director of Projects. As a former elected councillor for one of the most diverse and multicultural communities in London, Robin has extensive experience using inclusive building projects to engage a marginalised community in determining the future of their neighbourhood. As Chair of the Design Panel of the London Borough of Lewisham, and as adviser to the New Cross Gate Trust community regeneration group, Robin has used these professional skills to tackle the challenge of regenerating underdeveloped areas of London.