Karen Latimer


Member and former Chair, UK Designing Libraries Advisory Board


Karen Latimer, recently retired from academic librarianship, is a library building consultant who is currently Chief Advisor to Designing Libraries UK. She is a past Chair of the IFLA Library Buildings and Equipment Standing Committee, and a former Secretary of the European LIBER Architecture Group. She is also a Trustee of the Architectural Heritage Fund, the Irish Architectural Archive, and two Historic Buildings Trusts. The author of more than 50 publications, Karen has served on judging panels for the Australian Library Design Awards, the RIBA architectural awards, the Irish Georgian Society Conservation Awards and library building design competitions in Europe and China. Karen is a CILIP Fellow and an honorary member of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects. She received an IFLA Award for her work in international library design in 2018 and was awarded an OBE in 2007.


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