Amanda Levete was born in Bridgend in 1955. She trained at the Architectural Association and worked for Richard Rogers before joining Future Systems as a partner in 1989. Amanda Levete is a RIBA Stirling Prize winner and founder of the architecture and design studio AL_A. Since its formation in 2009, AL_A has refined an intuitive and strategic approach to design that has led to a diverse range of concepts for cultural, retail and commercial schemes around the world. Recent commissions include the remodelling of Galeries Lafayette Haussmann in Paris; a cultural centre in Lisbon commissioned by the energy company EDP; and the highly anticipated expansion of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, which was finished and revealed in 2017.