About

Francesca Perry is a London-based editor and writer specialising in journalism centred on cities, architecture, design, transport, sustainability and culture.

Previously a commissioning editor at the Guardian and deputy editor at Blueprint, Francesca is now editor of ICON. She also writes and edits in a freelance capacity, including for the BBC and Wired. In 2012, she founded Thinking City, an editorial and events platform dedicated to exploring urban life. She is the editor of the book Welfare Architecture for All (Arvinius + Orfeus, 2021).

Francesca has chaired and spoken on panels at numerous events including Edinburgh International Science Festival, Habitat III, the UK Green Party Spring Conference, SXSWEco, RIBA’s Built Environment Summit, 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 on 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 and editing, Francesca has a professional background in participatory urban design, at make:good.