Calls to include a more diverse cohort of architects, urbanists and thinkers in the canon have gathered momentum across the world with many forward-thinking academic institutions now earnestly reexamining who their teaching centres and why. But while a consensus for canon rebooting has clearly emerged, the question of who to drop and what to keep is still hotly contested.

For this debate, Open City‘s Accelerate has invited a group of speakers to each outline one practitioner they believe is essential, brilliant and useful enough that every architect of tomorrow should know their name and work. No more hand-wringing over whether the canon needs a refresh, on 2 February 2022, we’ll decide once and for all who’s in and who’s out.

Join us to vote for your favourites and help Accelerate Reload the Canon.


Ellis Woodman (Director of the Architecture Foundation) arguing for Austen St Barbe Harrison

Farshid Moussavi (Farshid Moussavi Architecture) arguing for Le Corbusier

Hanif Kara (Co-founder of AKTII Engineers) arguing for Luigi Nervi

Bushra Mohamed (Studio NYALI) arguing for Minette de Silva

Cameron Carrington (Central St Martins) arguing for Phyllis Birkby

Jane Hall (Assemble) arguing for Lina Bo Bardi (and other women modernists of Brazil)

Sahiba Chadha (Cullinan Studio and Podcards From The Colonies presenter) arguing for Ted Cullinan

Stephanie Edwards (Urban Symbiotics) arguing for Sharon Egretta Sutton

Douglas Murphy (Author and journalist) arguing for Francis Pym


Siraaj Mitha (Head of Accelerate)

Phineas Harper (Director of Open City)

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