George Ferguson, is Mayor of Bristol, which is the 2015 European Green Capital. He has been a past President of the Royal Institute of British Architects, was co-founder of Ferguson Mann Architects in 1979 and founded the national UK wide network of practices, Acanthus, in 1986.
He has a wide variety of experience in architectural, master planning and regeneration projects, including urban regeneration and historic building work that formed the foundation of his practice.This includes many award winning schemes such as the Bristol Millennium project with its new urban spaces, Royal William Yard in Plymouth, and his own mould breaking Tobacco Factory mixed use project and nationally acclaimed theatre that has helped kick start the regeneration of South Bristol.
He is a lateral thinker and has been a prime mover for change in attitude to planning and redevelopment in the South West Region and beyond. This led him to being elected RIBA President (2003-2005) when he was noted for championing the causes of education, the environment and urbanism. He was appointed a CBE in the 2010 New Years Honours for services to architecture and to the community in the South West.
A co-founder of the Academy of Urbanism, he writes, broadcasts and lectures extensively on the environment, planning and architectural matters at home and abroad. He is among many other things a Trustee of Bristol’s Arnolfini art gallery, recently of the London based ‘think tank’ Demos and is an Academician of the Royal West of England Academy. He is also founder of the Bristol Beer Factory.