Rory Olcayto

Rory Olcayto

London, GB



Rory, award-winning journalist and critic, is director of Open House London, the world’s largest annual architectural festival. Before joining Open House, Rory was editor of the Architects’ Journal. Rory studied architecture at the University of Strathclyde, worked in practice in Glasgow, Liege and Istanbul, and as a designer in the videogames industry. He also led a first-year design studio at Strathclyde University for two years and today is a guest critic at a number of UK and Irish universities. Rory is a regular commentator on radio and television, and in national newspapers, and regularly speaks at industry events. Rory has been a BCI Awards judge since 2009, a RIBA Awards judge and in 2015, was a member of the Stirling Prize jury. Last year, under his editorship, the AJ was nominated for an unprecedented 12 media awards, winning four, with Rory picking up IBP magazine of the year on behalf of AJ (for the second time in a row) and Architecture writer of the Year (the third time he has won the award).

Rory's Featured Articles on Archinect

Former juror Rory Olcayto breaks down the 2016 Stirling Prize nominees, Tue, Jul 26 '16

It’s that time of the year again. The moment you’ve all been waiting for. No, not the Olympics. That’s still a few weeks off. The Euros? Over already. Not Wimbledon either. Done and dusted, init.No, no, no. What I’m talking about is bigger than all of these things put ...

Former juror Rory Olcayto breaks down the 2016 Stirling Prize nominees


Open House London and Open City, London, GB, Director

Mar 2016 - current