City Crit: Towering Ambition in the City of London, April 2020

City Crit: Towering Ambition in the City of London, April 2020


Join the Architecture Foundation’s expert guide Francis Pugh for a walking tour exploring the City’s “Eastern Cluster” of office towers

The primary focus will be on buildings constructed over the last forty years to house the major companies and institutions of the global insurance market, buildings like Richard Rogers’ high-tech HQ for Lloyds of London and Norman Foster’s Willis Building.

Throughout this walk there are extraordinary contrasts between the old and the new - Horace Jones’s 1880s Leadenhall Market juxtaposed with soaring new offices by an array of global architectural practices including Foster & Partners, Rogers Stirk Harbour, and KPF or the tower of Christopher Wren’s St Margaret Pattens confronting the dominant curves of Rafael Vinoly’s Walkie-Talkie. 


11:00am, Sunday, 26 April 2020


01:00pm, Sunday, 26 April 2020


Start: outside Trinity Square Gardens exit, Tower Hill underground station


Francis Pugh is a City resident and an official City of London Guide specialising in its multi-layered architectural history and the ways in which it continues to be shaped by successive waves of social and economic change. He was a lecturer in the Department of Culture, Policy & Management at City University and maintains an active interest in the cultural regeneration of towns and cities.

For over ten years Francis was Higher Education Events Organiser at the V&A where he organised events that supported the Museum’s major exhibition programmes including those on Art Nouveau, International Arts & Crafts, Art Deco and Modernism. He is currently a volunteer guide at the National Trust’s Goldfinger House, 2 Willow Road, Hampstead and has contributed guided walks on architectural themes to the former City of London Festival and the V&A’s programme of Art &  Design Year Courses.