A New York Times profile of British architect Amanda Levete—timed to coincide with the Oct. 5 opening of Lisbon's Museum of Art, Architecture, and Technology (MAAT), which her firm, Amanda Levete Architects (AL_A), designed—traces the trajectory of her career through recent and upcoming projects. Levete, now 60, rose to prominence as a partner in Future Systems, which won the 1999 RIBA Stirling Prize for its Lord's Cricket Ground Media Centre. After the 2009 death of partner (and former husband) Jan Kaplický, Levete re-emerged with her new firm. Surprisingly, Hettie Judah writes, the reputation Levete had built with Future Systems was not as easy to transfer to her solo practice as she had expected.
But with a 2011 competition win to design a new wing of London's Victoria and Albert Museum, commissions have followed, including the MAAT, the 2015 MPavilion in Melbourne, a Maggie's Center in Southhampton, U.K., and a mosque in Abu Dhabi. AL_A has expanded to include three directors: Max Arrocet, Alice Dietsch, and Ho-Yin Ng. The firm also has a redesign of the Galeries Lafayette in Paris on the boards, set to open next fall.
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