What happens when your plans to have Zaha Hadid build your new headquarters falls through and everyone is left disappointed and angry. Well, all pure speculation here, but if you’re Rowan Moore, Director of the Architecture Foundation in the UK, you resign shortly thereafter, which is exactly what has just happened. You’ll likely remember when the years-in-making Hadid plans fell through and it makes sense that, of all the dozens of people involved in the project, everybody would be looking for a scapegoat. And where better to look than at the top? Of course, no one is coming right out and saying that. Par for the course is that you say the exact opposite:
Former foundation chairman Will Alsop, who initially encouraged Moore to apply for the position, denied the scrapping of the headquarters building had led to Moore’s resignation.
“The Zaha building proved to be difficult,” he said. “But it’s not [Moore’s] fault or the fault of the trustees. I think he has done an excellent job, but it’s probably time for him to move on.”