Celebrated for her creation of innovative structures and unique application of construction materials and courageous architectural schemes, Amanda Levete, founder of architecture studio AL_A, has established a particularly impressive reputation as one of Britain’s leading creatives. Recent commissions include the highly anticipated expansion of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and a 1.5 million soft luxury shopping mall and hotel in Bankok. Levete trained at the Architectural Association and worked for Richard Rogers before joining Future Systems as a partner in 1989, where she realised ground-breaking buildings including the Media Centre at Lords Cricket Ground and Selfriges department store in Birmingham. She is a visiting professor at the Royal College of Art and a trustee of Artangel, the Young Foundation and the Arts Foundation. Levete is a regular TV and radio broadcaster and has written for a number of magazines.