Christine Murray and Rory Olcayto

Two of the UK’s major architecture magazines have announced a reshuffle with the appointment of new editors for the Architects’ Journal and the Architectural Evaluation.

The April edition of the Architectural Evaluation (AR) will be the final beneath Catherine Slessor, who has been with the month-to-month magazine for above two decades and editor for five years.

She will be replaced by Christine Murray, who has been the editor of the weekly trade magazine Architects’ Journal (AJ) given that 2010, and launched the AJ’s Females In Architecture campaign and awards programme.

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“Slessor is a trailblazer in the male-dominated worlds of publishing and architecture, but she is also a gleaming website link in a golden chain that joined the AR’s present to its glorious past, the AR of [Nikolaus] Pevsner, [John] Betjemen, [Ian] Nairn, and other luminaries,” mentioned AR background editor Tom Wilkinson in a tribute published on the AR site.

“The questing spirit of the AR that she upheld – the search for an architecture of aesthetic and technical excellence that supports and nurtures, rather than crushes and exploits – will continue as incoming editor Christine Murray will take up the position.”

Rory Olcayto, who has been acting editor of the AJ for 14 months whilst Murray was on maternity leave, will now consider the helm. Will Hurst will consider more than Olcayto’s former part as deputy editor.

Olcayto joined the AJ from rival title Creating Layout in 2008. “I could not envision a much more interesting time to be editing the AJ,” he told Dezeen. “The position of the architect is altering fast – technological innovation, economics and politics are all assisting to move it beyond its origins as the profession concerned with mere building design.”

“Our work is to track that change, aid form that alter, and give a voice to the architect in the wider globe. It really is a excellent honour to consider on the challenge,” he said.

The AJ was founded in 1895, whilst the AR started in 1896. Each magazines are published by London-based media organization Emap.



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