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Vanessa 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.
Vanessa was previously Head of Exhibitions at the Architectural Association, one of the world’s most influential centres of architectural culture and learning. 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. Venice Takeaway sought ‘ideas to change British Architecture’ through travel and research of universal issues that explored the common ground of architecture. 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, is the editor of Construction of an Image on the work of Dutch photographer Bas Princen and is a guest critic at student juries.
Vanessa is currently Creative Director at the Building Centre, London.