Launched in 1996 and based in East London, the Building Exploratory helps people discover the secrets of their local area and gain a better understanding of the buildings and spaces that surround them.

Innovative programmes are the touchstone of the way we work. We specialise in creating opportunities for people to engage creatively in changes taking place in their community.

Working closely with school children, local residents, partner organisations, private companies and others, we build resources that have resonance and relevance and celebrate the built environment.

If you would like to know more about the history of the Building Exploratory, click here to download the pdf

Please click here for a list of current vacancies

Our Staff Team:

Nicole Crockett, Chief Executive

Karen Elmes, Lifelong Learning Manager
Katie Russell, Administrator and Marketing Coordinator

Our Trustees:

Barbara Ainger OBE, Housing & Finance Consultant
William Mann, Architect, Witherford Watson Mann
Ken Bartlett OBE, Housing Consultant; Chair, Afghan Action
Stephen Hill, Chartererd Surveyor
Kate Moorse (Chair), Education Consultant
Patrick Devlin, Partner, Pollard Thomas Edwards
David Taylor, Civil Engineer, The Urban Engineering Studio

Our policies can be downloaded here



Current Vacancies


We currently have no job vacancies - if you are interested in working or volunteering with the Building Exploratory please email us.

The Building Exploratory is a registered charity, number 1077600,
and a company limited by guarantee, number 3684034.