The ACA believes that it is vitally important that those who choose to practise architecture have an effective voice to represent their interests whether through the press, parliament or in the eyes of the public.

The ACA is unencumbered with a large bureaucracy and can respond quickly and efficiently to members’ concerns and enquiries. ACA Council, presided by the President, runs the Association and deals with all issues.

Council members are elected democratically by and from the voting membership. Councillors are elected for a three-year term, renewable once for a further three years. Council is chaired by the ACA President who with other nominated officers are elected by Council, at the first meeting after the AGM each year.

The other principal offices of Council are Hon Secretary and Hon Treasurer. From time to time, Vice Presidents may be appointed. ACA Council is the single organ of governance of the organisation and has no further points of reference. It is thus capable of swift movement in the face of important issues and is directly approachable by the membership.

Council aspires to a “Cabinet” style of operation with individual council members adopting specific responsibilities or leading working groups and subcommittees. The ACA Planning Action Group is typical of the specialist groups that also cover education, student membership, press liaison and other topical issues. Council is supported by the Secretary General, the Director of Enterprise and the Chief Operating Officer, who also deal with general ACA business and the day-to-day running of the organisation.

Elected Council Members


BA(Hons) Dip.Arch RIBA ARB ACArch MAPM

Francis has spent the last thirty years working in private practice, involved in commercial, healthcare and residential works in both the private and public sectors.

He has extensive experience of construction project management and contract administration. Francis provides strategic advice on procurement and contract issues and spends much of his working life on the delivery and monitoring of projects to the housing sector across England. Francis is an active member of ACA Council and also provides guidance on the use of the PPC Suite of Partnering contracts to architects.

ANDREW CATTO – Immediate Past President


After studying at the AA, where he was student union treasurer, Andrew worked for, amongst others, Owen Luder and Middle East pioneer John R Harris before becoming a partner in Johnston & Mather

He has run Andrew Catto Architects Ltd. in Putney since 1999, providing a start-to-finish service to hundreds of residential, commercial and schools clients across SW London and Surrey. Andrew has a passion for both traditional construction and sustainable design, and has completed courses with the SPAB and Green Register. Like all those who deal regularly with the planning system he understands the need for accuracy and knowing the rules. This makes him an efficient and
exemplary Honorary Secretary. Somehow he manages to combine this with running the Buildings Panel for his local amenity society.

RICHARD HARRISON – Honorary Treasurer

DiplArchPoly RIBA ACArch

Richard has been in private practice for 41 years. He now operates a small practice based in Gosport, Hampshire.
As an Architect he founded Volume 3 Ltd. which for 15 years designed, managed and lead master planning, commercial and residential projects both in the UK and Internationally. He also established Dal Riva Construction Management, which delivering turnkey private houses for individual clients. Richard is a member of The Green Register of Construction Professionals and AECB underlying his interest in environmental and energy-efficient developments. He has been a member of ACA Council for 17 years. During this time he has represented the ACA for 5 years on the development of the Building Safety Act 2021 and is managing Architect Client Standard Forms of Appointment. He joined the ACA because of his belief that it is a very effective organisation in monitoring, debating and influencing the practice of architecture and construction industry change.

MA(Cantab) DipArch ARB RIBA ACArch

Patrick co-founded IBLA (as Inglis Badrashi) with Jamal Badrashi in 2000, and is one of three directors of the practice. He is responsible for new business and practice management, and takes a leading role in the strategic, feasibility and planning stages of IBLA’s projects. Patrick completed his Degree and Diploma at Cambridge University before studying at UCL where he qualified in 2000. Before founding the practice Patrick worked at ORMS and 20/20. With more than 20 years of experience in the industry, he has been responsible for award-winning projects across a wide range of sectors and scales. He is a Council member of the Association of Consultant Architects (ACA), a keen footballer, and a former Governor of Archbishop Sumner Primary School in Kennington.


BA (Hons) MArch (Harv) RIBA

Alfred Munkenbeck was educated in Switzerland and the USA finishing with a M Arch at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.   After making a movie of Stirling’s History Faculty Building as a student, he worked with Stirling and Wilford on the various German projects and eventually the construction drawings for the Stuttgart Staatsgalerie extension.  From there Alfred went to Athens where he was chief designer for a Saudi Firm doing new towns, palaces and entire universities.  Returning to London, this liaison enabled the beginning of Munkenbeck+Marshall who “ghost” designed the competition winning scheme for Umm Al Qura University, the largest architectural project in the world in 1985.  Alfred was design tutor at Cambridge University, the AA and Kingston Polytechnic.  The firm went on to win new build London projects which began winning awards.  In 1999 they won the Stephen Lawrence Award of the Stirling prize for the New Art Centre  Roche Court, a building with a budget of £100,000.   After winning competitions for the Grand Rapids Art Museum, and the Jerwood Space extension, the partnership split and was renamed Munkenbeck and Partners in 2008.  Alfred Munkenbeck continues to run the firm whilst  also pursuing some property development and serving on the RBK&C design advisory group.

BRIAN WATERS – Press Officer

MA DipArch (Cantab) DipTP RIBA MRTPI FRSA ACArch

Brian continues to advance the development of the ACA as well as providing sage planning advice as a co-chair of the ACA Planning Action Group. Brian is also the ACA’s Press Advisor and is principal of architects and planning consultants BWCP. He served five years as chairman of the National Planning Forum and has chaired since 1990 the London Planning & Development Forum. He is joint publishing editor of Planning in London magazine. He has written for most of the professional journals and has received four commendations as Architectural Journalist of the Year for articles in Building, AJ and the RIBAJ and is planning correspondent for the AJ. He has tutored at PCL and Cambridge and lectured at the AA, PNL and Welsh schools of architecture as. He is a past-master of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects. He enjoys dressage, tennis, Siberian huskies, painting, throwing (pots) and growing fruit, lavender and vines in Cataluyna where he has a second studio.


B.A. (Hons) Arch. Dip. Arch. Dip. Arb. FCIArb. ARB. DPLG, MRIAI

Shane is a registered Architect with over 24 years experience in architecture, construction, interior design and the procurement of buildings.  He is a Council Member of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI).  He is chair of the RIAI Board of Architectural Education and Conservation Accreditation Board, is a member of the RIAI Practice Committee, Finance Committee, Professional Practice Exam Board, and is an assessor for the RIAI Technical Assessment Board.  He has a post graduate diploma in Arbitration and is an RIAI/CIF accredited Conciliator and Arbitrator.  He is also a registered architect with the Ordre des Architectes in France.


DipArch GradDipAA MSc HonDrDesign RIBA FRSA ACArch

John is an award winning Architect with over thirty years’ experience running his own practice. He has won numerous awards for design including The Sunday Times British Homes Awards’ Architect of the Year in 2008, 2014 and 2016. His other passions lie in being an exemplar employer, looking after the profession and supporting the future generation of Architects. His practice won the Architects’ Journal Employer of the Year in 2017, it was ranked number 1 in the Building Magazine Good Employer Guide in 2014, 2015 and 2017, and has been on The Sunday Times Best Small Companies to Work For list eight times, most recently in 27th place in 2018. John is a nationally elected member of the RIBA Council and Honorary Treasurer of the RIBA, a Trustee of the Architects Benevolent Society and a Member of their Executive Committee. John has been a Visiting Fellow at Oxford Brookes University since 2000, who awarded him Honorary Doctor of Design in 2017, and is President of The Doric Club, the alumni association for architectural students. He is an external examiner at The Bartlett and London Metropolitan University and has lectured at Lincoln, Nottingham, Oxford Brookes, Sheffield and London Bartlett, Metropolitan and Westminster Universities.

Co-opted Council Members


BA (Hons) DipArchM.St (Cantab) ACArch, RSA

Academically, Jonathan has studied at the universities of Bristol, Cambridge & Aachen, qualifying in both Architecture and Interdisciplinary Design, supported by studies in urban and regional planning issues, ongoing translation & journalism following field trips in Europe & French-speaking West Africa and activities with European & United Nations groups. These interests set sustainability, environmental awareness and economic viability at the heart of any long-term investment policy. In professional practice, Jonathan focusses on strategic concepts being interpreted into detail designs: an attitude which he particularly attributes to four years working for John Partridge CBE ACArch at Howell Killick Partridge & Amis. He has experience of project management & contract procurement required by a wide range of client sectors: both public & private sector, both commercial & residential and in sports, education, ecclesiastical & charitable organisations to achieve viable developments at strategic & practical levels. The Practice reputation has attracted a core group of clients for strategic concept and feasibility option studies as well as for long-term advisory appointments. Jonathan has been in private practice since 1987 and is, since 2003, Cathedral Architect for St George’s Roman Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral Southwark, Honorary Estates Advisor to the Trustees for The Friars, Aylesford since 2012 and has, since 1992, been a business delegate to the strategic partnerships in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.


AADipl ACArh DipTP DipEnv&Dev (open) MRTPI and ACArch

Andy trained at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in the late 1960s and ran his own practice in West London from1973 to1979, when with Michael Manser he founded what is now The Manser Practice, working in Hammersmith. He secured a Town Planning degree from the University of the West of England by Distance Learning in 1997 and won the Grimley Prize for a paper on Conservation Areas in 1995. He was elected as a full ACA Council member in 1992, was President of the ACA from 2001- 2003 and is now Chairman of the ACA Planning Action Group. He represents the ACA on the National Planning Forum and London Planning and Development Forum, and was part of the Householder Development Consents Review group for the ODPM (now DCLG), which reported at length on proposals to re-write the permitted development rules (subsequently abandoned). Andy now works from home in Dorset, mainly as a consultant Town Planner, dealing with planning applications and appeals. He specialises in changes of use and smaller projects often involving permitted development.


The ACA works collaboratively with a number of industry professional bodies.


The ACA is governed by a Council to ensure the activities of the ACA are in line with its mission and constitution.


The ACA’s membership and day to day’s operations are run by a small team; their responsibility is also to support the Council.