The London Festival of Architecture has appointed a new director, Rosa Rogina, who is the event’s outgoing program director.
Architect, researcher and curator, Rogina has been Program Director of the London Festival of Architecture (LFA) from 2016 and has also participated in the Venice Architecture Biennale 2018 and Vienna Design Week 2020.
She succeeds Tamsie Thomson, who has assumed the role of Managing Director of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland. Rogina will lead the 2022 festival program.
The director brings international festival experience
In addition to her continued work with the festival, Rogina was part of the international team behind the Montenegrin pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2018 and was curator in residence at Vienna Design Week in 2020.
She also teaches architecture at the University of East London and holds an MA in Architecture from the Royal College of Art and an MA in Research Architecture from Goldsmiths, University of London.
She has many writing and speaking credits to her name, and previously worked in the offices of Dutch studio MVRDV and UK studios Grimshaw and Farshid Moussavi Architecture.
Peter Murray, chief curator of New London Architecture (NLA), the organization behind the festival, said Rogina’s appointment represented “welcome continuity” for the organization.
“I am very happy that Rosa has agreed to take on the role of Director of LFA,” said Murray.
“She is well known to all who have been involved and supported the festival in recent years and brings a welcome continuity to the role which is reinforced by her work in practice, academic teaching and international curatorial projects.”
Impact festival “more than ever needed,” said Rogina
Rogina reported that topics around the pandemic and climate change will continue to be the focus of the LFA’s concerns and that she intends the event to have an impact on the city.
“I am delighted to become the new director of the London Festival of Architecture,” said Rogina. “I look forward to working with my festival colleagues and the New London Architecture team, as well as our wonderful network of supporters to shape the future of the festival.”
“Since joining the festival team in 2016, I have been struck by the ability of the LFA to make an impact on the city’s daily experiences: something that will be needed more than ever as London emerges from the Covid-19 pandemic, and as we focus more intensely on the climate emergency, “she continued.
“I am proud to be part of a team that does so much to promote the value of London’s built environment, and I am excited about the future of the festival.”
Festival is back in 2022 after theme call
The LFA is the largest annual architecture festival in the world. After going online in 2020, it presented in June 2021 a hybrid program of digital and live events under the theme of “care”.
Projects included photographer Andy Billman’s Daylight Robbery exhibition capturing bricked-up windows of homes and the annual City Benches installation of imaginative seating designs.
The “care” theme was chosen following a call for suggestions from the network of existing and new LFA event organizers. It was chosen by a jury who also participated in the event.
The 2022 event will be shaped by a similar process, with the theme to be announced later this year.