The PoW Alumni Group is the membership group for Alumni and ex-staff of the former Prince of Wales's Institute of Architecture, Urban Task Forces, Summer Schools, and of the academic programs of The Prince's Foundation for the Built Environment. Members can post examples of their work, ask for technical advice from other Alumni, organise reunions, gossip or even look for a job.
The group is supportive of the views of HRH The Prince of Wales on architecture and planning. Click here to go to the official Prince's Foundation site.
Membership is restricted to individuals from one or more of The Prince of Wales's Institute of Architecture courses or Summer Schools. (See below for a full list.)
European Summer School at Villa Lante, Italy, 1991. Full image
Photo: Richard Ivey
If you are a PoW Alumnus, send an email to Dr Matthew Hardy, moderator of the group, explaining which course you were on and when and asking to be joined up.
You can also join the PoW Alumni group on LinkedIn or Facebook.
The PoW Alumni Group is supported by INTBAU and The Prince's Foundation for the Built Environment.
"This group's a great idea and my compliments to the people who compiled the list and brought all from POWIA together again" - Deependra Prashad, American Summer School 1997
We are assembling an online library of images from the PoWIA and Foundation. Click on a year to view that class photo. All photographs are by Richard Ivey unless noted otherwise.
The Prince of Wales's Institute of Architecture (PoWIA) opened at Gloucester Gate, London, in September 1992. The PoWIA merged with the Urban Villages Forum and Regeneration Through Heritage in 1998 to form The Prince's Foundation for Architecture and the Building Arts. The school was then known for a short time as 'School of Architecture and the Building Arts'. The Graduate Programme finished in July 1998, and the school transferred to Shoreditch in January 2000. The remaining Foundation Course in Architecture and the Building Arts closed in July 2001.
A new chapter was opened in 2008 with the first intake of students into the Graduate Fellowship Programme in Sustainable Architecture and Urbanism.
In 1990 HRH The Prince of Wales held his first Summer School in Civil Architecture. The name was carefully chosen as the word 'Civil' suggests both 'of the city' and 'politeness/respect' which neatly encapsulated what HRH considered architecture ought to be about. These were more than just summer schools and were initially held at Magdalen College Oxford, The British School at Rome and the Villa Lante in Bagnaia. Later courses run by The Prince of Wales's Institute of Architecture were known as 'The Prince of Wales's Urban Design Task Force' while those in the United States went under the title 'The Prince of Wales's American Summer School'. The last two (1998 and 1999) were not formally organised as separate events, but rather run as part of the Graduate Programme.
The Prince's Foundation for the Built Environment began offering Summer Schools again in 2008, with the residential summer school The Culture of Building held in Lincoln and Poundbury, UK. Since then the Residential Summer School, now known as 'Building Skill in Summer', has been held in London, Lincoln, Wales, and in 2012, will be held Scotland.
1990 Summer School in Civil Architecture (Oxford, Rome, Bagnaia) and class list
1991 Summer School in Civil Architecture (Oxford, Rome, Bagnaia)
1993 Summer School in Civil Architecture (Oxford, Chinon, Bagnaia)
1994 Summer School in Civil Architecture (London, Chinon, Viterbo)
1995 Summer School in Civil Architecture (Caprarola,
1996 Urban Task Force (Potsdam)
1996 Urban Task Force (St Petersburg Academy of Fine Arts)
1996 American Summer School (Asheville, Charlottesville, Washington DC, Richmond VA)
1997 Urban Task Force (Berlin)
1997 Urban Task Force (Beirut, Sidon) (Yuri Starodubtsev)
1997 American Summer School (Richmond VA, El Cerrito CA)
1998 Urban Task Force (Viterbo)
1998 European Summer School (Sala Baganza)
1999 European Summer School (Salsomaggiore Terme) (Chantal Quattromini)
If you have an image that we don't - those in black above - then please contact Dr Matthew Hardy. We'd love to put them on this site.
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