Amanda Levete (b. 1955, Bridgend) has spent her career exploring the transformative potential of space through a number of remarkable buildings and furniture pieces.
Her interest lies in the physical and metaphysical, the organic and the man-made. She has forged long-term relationships with artists, such as Anish Kapoor for the Naples Subway project. Amanda Levete’s individual furniture pieces for Established & Sons have been called sublime. Through this relationship she has produced a number of iconic pieces, including the Drift bench and the Around the Corner pieces – each carved into a form by an advanced software programme and then worked by hand. Levete trained at the Architectural Association and worked for Richard Rogers before joining the influential office Future Systems in 1989, in partnership with the late Jan Kaplicky. One of the most innovative practices of its time, Future Systems completed award-winning and internationally-recognised buildings, including the Selfridges department store in Birmingham and the Media Centre at Lord’s Cricket Ground, which won the prestigious Stirling Prize.
She is a visiting professor at the Royal College of Art and a trustee of Artangel. Levete is a regular TV and radio broadcaster and she writes for Building magazine. The formation of AL_A – Amanda Levete Architects, in 2009, follows the end of Levete’s 20 years at Future Systems. Since its formation, AL_A has made its mark with work of originality and integrity, where concepts push client ambitions, aesthetics and technologies to their limits. Commissions include the media campus for News Corporation in East London, the highly anticipated expansion of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, a cultural centre in Lisbon commissioned by EDP, a media campus for BskyB and a large scale luxury shopping mall and hotel in Bangkok for Central Retail Corporation.