About the Speaker
Cindy Walters is director and co-founder of Walters & Cohen Architects. Since establishing the practice with Michál Cohen in 1994, Cindy has been responsible for a variety of projects in the UK and abroad, including several schools, Vajrasana Buddhist Retreat Centre in Suffolk, the Gallery of Botanical Art in Kew Gardens, and the Dorothy Garrod Building for Newnham College, Cambridge. She believes strongly in creating beautiful buildings and spaces that have civic and social purpose and encourage a wider conversation about architecture. Buildings designed by Cindy have been called elegant, miraculous and timeless. They are unique to their context, create a sense of place and are loved by the people who use them.
Cindy and Michál provide a supportive, creative environment, one where staff know they are appreciated. Outside the practice, Cindy regularly contributes to academic and professional institutions as an external examiner, speaker, competition judge and mentor. Her long-standing involvement with the RIBA includes being on the jury for the Lubetkin Prize, Stirling Prize, President’s Research Awards, Honours Committee and a member of the RIBA Validation Panel. In 2019 she became chair of the Architecture Foundation. She is also one of the Design Council’s associates, a governor at Regent High School and completed a PhD at the Bartlett School of Architecture in 2022.