Team

Isabel Allen—Editor-in-Chief 

Isabel Allen was Editor of the Architects’ Journal from 1999-2007. She won numerous awards for journalism and editing and was a member of the jury for the Stirling Prize for four consecutive years. She left the AJ to launch HAB Housing with the broadcaster Kevin McCloud. HAB projects have won several awards for sustainability, landscape and architecture. Between 2007 and 2010 she was Head of Communications for Design for London, Ken Livingstone’s Design and Architecture Unit, and the curator and co-curator of various national and international exhibitions on architecture, urbanism and the public realm. She was most recently Creative Director of the London pavilion at the Seoul Biennale 2019. Isabel is an Honorary Fellow of the RIBA.

 

Simon Esterson—Creative Director

Simon Esterson has had a huge influence on editorial design, through his ground-breaking work on projects such as Blueprint, Domus and The Guardian. Since 2008 he has co-owned and designed Eye magazine. Esterson Associates has produced numerous magazines including Art Quarterly, Museums Journal and King’s College’s alumni magazines. Simon has a keen interest in subscription-based, niche publishing start-ups, with strong production values and a full integration with digital products.

Holly Catford—Art Editor

Holly Catford has been an editorial designer at Esterson Associates since 2012, working on projects including the Sunday Times, The Oldie, History Today, Swiss newspaper NZZ am Sonntag and Art Quarterly. She's also art editor at the international review of graphic design, Eye and Fedrigoni's Pulp magazine. She previously directed wine magazine Noble Rot and launched Pit, a magazine about food and fire, in 2017.

John Nahar—Engagement Manager

John is the LSA and Citizen’s Engagement Manager and is responsible for forging and maintaining mutually enriching external partnerships with our Practice Partner Network, Design Partner Network and organisations in the wider built environment community. John was previously the membership engagement manager at the Institute of Chartered Accountants, British Institute of Facilities Management and EngineeringUK.

Jason Sayer—Assistant Editor

Jason is Assistant Editor at Citizen and the Network Coordinator at the LSA. He is a freelance journalist and author and has written for The Guardian, The Architect’s Newspaper, Metropolis Magazine, Wallpaper*, the Architects’ Journal, FX Magazine and CityLab and is author of Odeon Relics 2019: Nineteen-Thirties Icons in the Twenty-First Century.

Julia Dawson—Sub-Editor

Julia Dawson is a freelance copy editor/sub-editor/proofreader. She has been working for The Architectural Review since 1986 and also works for Birkhäuser, Wiley, Circa Press, Watermark Publications and Thomas Manss.

Will Hunter—Co-Founder and Chief Executive at the LSA

Will Hunter was Executive Editor of The Architectural Review and editor of the monthly magazines of The Architects’ Journal and Building Design before founding the London School of Architecture. He has contributed to many titles including Wallpaper*, Blueprint and the Financial Times. He has taught architecture at both London Metropolitan University and the RCA and judged numerous competitions including the Global Architecture Graduate Awards and the RIBA Presidents’ Medals.