Episode One – Peter Murray

Peter Murray
Peter Murray (c) Simon Way

Architecture Masters is a new podcast about the people shaping our cities – a series of short conversations with some of architecture’s leading lights.

For this week’s episode we speak to acclaimed architectural communicator Peter Murray about his career spent writing and talking about architecture.

We discuss the founding of both Blueprint Magazine and the London Festival of Architecture.  Peter tells us how architects can be better communicators and how to make sure you get things done.

And finally, we find out which architect dressed up as a pantomime cow for a protest and which engineer went a year without speaking.

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In the podcast Peter mentions the Architect Skills website, as well as his video on the importance of a marketing strategy.

He also recommends watching the videos of Park Avenue pitches by OMA, Rogers, Zaha, and Foster.


My guest this week is Peter Murray.

Peter trained as an architect in the 1960s but then – in his own words – spent his career writing and talking about architecture.

He was editor of industry magazine Building Design in the late 70s and subsequently Editor of the RIBA Journal in the early 80s.

In 1983 he and Deyan Sudjic – now director of London’s Design Museum – went on to found Blueprint Magazine, a pioneering magazine that first brought together design and architecture in one publication.

He is chairman of New London Architecture – an independent forum of the discussion of issues relating to physical change in the capital;  founding President of Wordsearch, the global communication agency; and Professor of Architectural Communications at the IE University in Madrid,

In 2004 he founded the London Architecture Biennale – which went on to become the now annual London Festival of Architecture.

Peter is keen cyclist and campaigner on cycling issues. He founded the charity Cycle to Cannes bike ride to MIPIM – which has raised millions for charity.

Peter is a transcontinential cyclist having organised the Portland to Portland to cycle tour from Portland Orgeon to Portland Place – home of the RIBA.


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