Vanessa is head of exhibitions at the Architectural Association, one of the world’s most influential centres of architectural culture and learning. She is one of the leading curators of architecture in the UK and has commissioned and curated a range of exhibitions that celebrate architecture in a wider context.
A pioneer of urban installations, Vanessa has overseen a series of temporary pavilions in Bedford Square. She was co-curator of the exhibition Venice Takeaway for the British Pavilion at the 13th International Architecture Biennale in 2012, for which she asked 10 architectural teams to undertake study trips to find new ways to respond to the challenges of the relationships, policies and structures that surround architecture in Britain. First shown in Venice, the exhibition then travelled to the Royal Institute of British Architects in London. In 2015, Vanessa joined a panel of international experts advising the Albanian Government on a series of cultural competitions. She has contributed to publications, magazines and blogs on the subject of art and architecture, and is a guest critic at student juries.
Vanessa is interested in the effect of 'cultural insertions' in the city, examining the role of the artist and architect in provoking dialogue through the act of positively interrupting everyday life.