Francesca Perry is a London-based editor and writer specialising in journalism centred on design, cities, architecture, sustainability and culture. She writes for the BBC, Financial Times, Wired, The Economist, CNN and others. She is editor of the book Welfare Architecture for All (Arvinius + Orfeus, 2021).
Francesca was previously a commissioning editor at The Guardian, deputy editor at Blueprint, and editor-in-chief of ICON. In 2012, she founded the editorial and events platform Thinking City. She has collaborated with The London School of Architecture, Quality of Life Foundation, UCL, and Map Project Office, offering a range of editorial services. She is currently working with African Futures Institute.
Francesca chairs events, speaks on panels and delivers lectures. Previous events include the Edinburgh International Science Festival, Habitat III, the UK Green Party Spring Conference, SXSWEco and the London Festival of Architecture. She has sat on juries for grants and residencies at the Design Museum, British Council and Smart Oxford.
She has been a mentor for Design Can and the New Architecture Writers programme, trained journalists at the UN’s Urban Journalism Academy, and been named one of The Planner’s Women of Influence. As well as journalism, Francesca has a professional background in participatory urban design.