Architect and historian
Prof Flora Samuel
Flora Samuel is the first elected Vice President for Research at the Royal Institute of British Architects where she has been fighting the cause of research in practice for over five years. An Architect and historian she was the first female Head of the highly ranked University of Sheffield School of Architecture before moving to the University of Reading to help set up a new industry led architecture school in close collaboration with Construction. She is extremely critical of architectural education in its current UK format. Flora is an internationally reknowned writer on Le Corbusier but turned her attention to the issue of the way in which architects have become marginalized largely because of their inability to say what they do and to demonstrate its value through research, the essence of her books Why Architects Matter and Demystifying Architectural Research (with Anne Dye) and a series of reports developed with the RIBA, most notably Building Knowledge: Pathways to Post Occupancy Evaluation (2016).