Five figures set to become important players in the future

Nick Johnson (pictured)

Deputy chief executive at Urban Splash, Johnson is its architectural talent spotter. The figure behind the large regeneration-led projects at Manchester’s New Islington and Sheffield’s Park Hill, he is also driving the northern developer’s advance on the capital.

Judith Armitt

Newly appointed chief executive of the Thames Gateway, the former chief executive of Medway Council is responsible for implementing the government’s strategy for the Gateway. We expect to hear a good deal more from her.

Simon Allford

Allford Hall Monaghan Morris partner, and member of Cabe’s design review panel, Allford is also a unit master at the Bartlett and chair of the RIBA’s President’s Medals. Behind the RIBA’s moves to restructure architectural education, Allford’s public profile continues to rise.

David Adjaye

Adjaye has several key buildings on the way this year, including the Bernie Grant Centre, the Stephen Lawrence Centre and the Institute of International Visual Arts. As he becomes more established through his completed work his influence on other architects is sure to spread.

Ralph Luck

As director of property at the Olympic Delivery Authority, Luck could play a central role in the development of the 2012 games’ built legacy. As preparations press ahead, it will be interesting to see how he tackles his brief.