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The Architecture Centre appoints Sarah James as Director

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The Architecture Centre is pleased to announce the appointment of Sarah James as its new Director.

Sarah joins the Architecture in an exciting period of growth as it continues to expand its role in advocating good design and better place-making in our towns and cities. 

Responsible for overall strategic and artistic direction, Sarah brings a wealth of arts management experience to the Director post, following the recent departure of Christine Davis after five highly successful years. 

On her appointment, Sarah said; 

“Taking on the Directorship of the Architecture Centre is the highlight of my career, building on the strong foundations that Christine so ably put into place. I am incredibly excited to work with the team to help steer the Centre into its next phase; developing new audiences and building its reputation nationally and internationally as a centre of excellence and innovation in the built environment.” 

With over 15 years in arts and cultural management, Sarah has an extensive and wide ranging career portfolio. Beginning her career at English Heritage and then Arts Council, she continued in the arts as Executive Director at Seachange Arts and latterly as Deputy Director at Situations. Critically she brings a strong commitment to education following her management of programmes of Learning and Participation at the Royal Opera House and at Alexandra Palace. 

Speaking of the appointment chair of trustees, Nick Childs, said; “We are delighted to confirm Sarah as the Architecture Centre's new Director. She has excellent experience in leading multidisciplinary cultural and educational organisations and a real passion for engaging the public in city design and place-making. We very much look forward to working with her.” 

Sarah joins an established team at the Architecture Centre, including Amy Harrison, Head of Learning & Participation; Pippa Goldfinger, Head of Programming; Jodie Marks, Exhibitions & Events Curator; and Anna Farthing, Bristol Doors Open Days producer. For more information of the Centre’s team, visit the new website.

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