Open City gets new chief

David Rogers

Source: Michael Colman

Ex-BD man Rory Olcayto to take over from founder Victoria Thornton

Former BD reporter Rory Olcayto has been named as the new chief executive of Open City.

He will take over from founder Victoria Thornton, who is stepping down next March. Thornton is taking over the Open House Worldwide programme and the Open City Impact Study for its 25th anniversary year.

Olcayto, who has been the editor of the Architects Journal since last year, said: “Victoria and her team have created an organisation which uniquely has the confidence of the public and the profession. I see my role as expanding on this work and engaging the very broadest range of people in the discussion to ensure that London becomes a more equitable city.”

Thornton founded Open City in 1992 to champion good design in creating a liveable city and promoting popular support for the capital’s building design and architecture. The organisation supports a variety of initiatives including Architecture in Schools and its hugely successful Open House weekend in September.


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