The team

The Architecture Centre employs a small staff team supported by volunteers and a board of trustees.


Sarah James

Sarah joined the Architecture Centre in May 2017 with over 15 years experience in arts and cultural management. She is responsible for overall strategic and artistic direction of the Centre.

Head of Learning & Participation

Amy Harrison PGCE QTS

Amy is a qualified teacher and experienced educator /facilitator in the cultural and placemaking sectors. She champions place-based learning and engagment both locally and nationally.

Head of Programme

Pippa Goldfinger MSc

Pippa joined the team in 2017 as an experienced arts manager who is also a qualified engineer and urban planner, founder of Frome’s Architecture Club, and an independent Town Councillor.

Exhibitions & Events Curator

Jodie Marks

Jodie combines project management expertise with the sensibility of a practising artist. Since 2008 she has developed and coordinated many of the Centre’s inspirational architectural shows, talks and events.

Programme Manager, Opening Doors to Heritage and Marketing & Communications Manager

Katie Darling

Joining the Centre in 2016, Katie heads up the Centre’s communications and leads the Centre’s Bristol Doors Open Days festival delivery.

Centre Administrator

Vickie Whitehead

Vickie joined in 2008, bringing 20 years’ diverse administrative experience. She coordinates BUDF, supports finance and other operations, and is a key point of contact for members and volunteers.

Weekend staff

Jonah Silver, Amy Thorman and Andy Blayney are the Centre’s dedicated team of weekend staff. They provide a front of house welcome in the gallery space.


  • Spencer Back Director, Designscape Architects
  • Alastair Brook Vice-Chair, Bristol Buildings Preservation Trust
  • Philip Burbidge Consultant Solicitor, Battens
  • Nick Childs Director, Childs + Sulzmann (chair)
  • Karen Drake Operations Director, Engine Shed
  • Peter Jones Head of Area, Homes & Communities Agency
  • Elena Marco Head of Department Architecture and the Built Environment, UWE Bristol
  • Amy Robinson Business Development Manager, Triodos Bank
  • Tom Russell Director, Emmett Russell Architects
  • Sandra Stancliffe Head of Education and Inclusion, Historic England


Volunteers play a vital role at the Architecture Centre, contributing to year-round front of house support and also specific project involvement. Find out about volunteering opportunities here.


  • Sherban Cantacuzino
  • Robert Emmerson
  • Anthony Hunt
  • Jane Priestman OBE
  • Lord Rogers

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