New Honorary Visiting Professors at the wsa for 2009-2010
[March 2010]

Jane Wernick FREng Hon FRIBA FRSA CEng FIStructE FICE is a structural engineer who collaborates with architects and other designers on any project that gives delight.  She worked for Arup from 1976-1998 including a secondment to Birdair Structures Inc. from 1980-1981.  She was Principal in Charge of Arup’s Los Angeles office from 1986-88.  Her most notable project with Arup was the Millennium Wheel.
In 1998 she founded Jane Wernick Associates, a small firm responsible for a wide portfolio of buildings, bridges, sculptures and furniture.  Projects include the Young Vic Theatre, London; the cemetery Island in Venice; the treetop walkway at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; an extension to the Henrietta Barnett School; Antony Gormley's studio; a classroom in the marshes for the RSPB at Rainham; and the new Lightbox Museum in Woking.  The work of the practice can be seen at

She has taught at many schools, including Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, the Mackintosh School of Architecture and the Architectural Association.  She is a member of the CABE Schools Design Review Panel; the CIC Diversity Panel; the Edge; and the RIBA think tank, Building Futures, for which she edited the book, ‘Building Happiness – Architecture to Make You Smile’.

M.J. Long MArch OBE RIBA Rolfe Kentish MA DipArch RIBA
Having completed her MArch at Yale University, M.J. Long won the Paris Prize (a travelling fellowship).  She took a “temporary” job in England, and never returned to the US.

She worked with Colin St. John Wilson on the British Library as partner and codesigner.  She also ran her own small firm specialising in studios for artists.  In 1994, as the British Library was nearing completion, she started a new firm, Long & Kentish.  They won competitions to carry out a library for the University of Brighton, and the National Maritime Museum Cornwall which won a number of awards.  In association with Colin St. John Wilson, they also won a competition to build the British Library for Conservation, and they completed Pallant House Gallery which won the Gulbenkian Museum of the Year prize in 2007.

Her book “Artists’ Studios” was published in 2009.

She is a Brother of the Art Workers’ Guild, a CABE commissioner and Chair of CABE Design Review.

She received an honorary OBE in 2007, and has an honorary PhD and DSc.

She has been an external examiner at several British Universities and continues to teach a studio workshop at Yale every year.