Cindy Walters


Cindy was born in Australia, studied in South Africa and moved to London in 1990 to work for Foster+Partners. She set up Walters & Cohen with Michál Cohen in 1994.

Cindy has worked on a diverse range of education, leisure, cultural and commercial projects, including the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art at Kew Gardens, Regent High School, Vajrasana Buddhist Retreat Centre, which was named RIBA East's Building of the Year 2017, and Newnham College, Cambridge. Current projects include those for The King's School in Canterbury as well as the new King's School in Shenzhen.

Outside the practice, Cindy regularly contributes to academic and professional institutions as an external examiner and guest lecturer. Her long-standing involvement with the RIBA Awards Group has included roles as a member of the Lubetkin Prize jury, Stirling Prize jury, and judge for the President's Research Awards. She is also a member of the RIBA Validation Board and has acted as an adviser for competitions.

In 2019 Cindy became chair of the Architecture Foundation. She is also one of the Design Council's associates and regularly judges at the World Architecture Festival. In 2012 Cindy and Michál were awarded the inaugural AJ Woman Architect of the Year Award and have judged subsequent awards: Cindy was also a board member for the Young Women's Trust and is proud to promote diversity and inclusion through her roles and practice. If that's not impressive enough, Cindy is also currently undertaking a PhD at the Bartlett.

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