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Laurieston Transformational Area, Glasgow by Page\Park Architects and Elder and Cannon Architects

Despite self-harm, Scotland's magnificent cities still shine

19-Nov-2015 | By

It’s not ‘ye banks and braes’ that define modern Scotland, but its surpassing urban architecture


Let's keep it ethical as we try to win work

22-Oct-2015 | By

With architects’ fees on the rise, the way we win work provides a basic building block for sound ethical practice


Time to apologise to past Stirling judges I’ve indirectly lambasted

14-Oct-2015 | By

Picking an outright winner of this year’s RIBA Stirling Prize is going to be tough, says Rory Olcayto

Qatar construction workers

Help us fill the ethics void

2-Oct-2015 | By

What are the moral duties of the architect in today’s chaotic, globalised marketplace? asks Rory Olcayto


Many in the profession still consider Hadid an exotic anomaly

24-Sep-2015 | By

Why is it that Zaha Hadid, recipient of this year’s Gold Medal, is still thought of as an outsider? asks Rory Olcayto

Open House Guide 2015

Open House London is more than just another open day

18-Sep-2015 | By

It’s the greatest boost for the profession in a generation, says Rory Olcayto

Temple of Bel, Palmyra

War over the destruction of ancient ruins is madness

11-Sep-2015 | By

However much we revile the events at Palmyra, it is not worth going to war over ancient ruins, says Rory Olcayto

FAT cover - 21 August 2015 - AJ special issue

RIBA should buy the FAT archive

21-Aug-2015 | By

There must be a cupboard somewhere full of FAT’s drawings, models, and photographs and the RIBA should get its hands on it, says Rory Olcayto


Architects must engage public on emotional level to win planning

6-Aug-2015 | By

Sincere engagement with the public on an emotional level is vital, says Rory Olcayto

Guardian rankings screenshot

Debunking the architecture school rankings

24-Jul-2015 | By

The schools are doing fine regardless of The Guardian’s rankings, says Rory Olcayto

Darbishire Place by Niall McLaughlin Architects

The great housing face-off

16-Jul-2015 | By

It’s the RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist’s housing projects that say most about British architecture today, says Rory Olcayto

Autonomouscar 1956

Driving the future

10-Jul-2015 | By

Are contractors the only ones who are thinking about tomorrow? asks Rory Olcayto

Robin Hood Gardens in Poplar

Architects are in the thick of it

26-Jun-2015 | By

Architects are at the heart of the housing debate. Here’s a few examples, says Rory Olcayto


We can't please everyone, all the time

17-Jun-2015 | By

Clients can be hard to please. So can awards panels. And the public. Nobody said architecture was easy, says Rory Olcayto

Aylesbury protests outside the AJ120 event at the Tower of London (June 2015)

Let's use our influence wisely

12-Jun-2015 | By

Take strength from the protests at last week’s AJ120 awards – they recognise that architects matter in the world, says Rory Olcayto


Welcome to the future

4-Jun-2015 | By

We’re still drawing by hand, but one in five AJ120 practices is using drones, says Rory Olcayto

Scotland map

If the Scottish Government is serious about architecture, some wrongs will need righting

29-May-2015 | By

It will take more than RIAS’s festival fun to boost public confidence in Scotland’s built environment, says Rory Olcayto

FAT and Grayson Perry\'s House for Essex

The profession still fails to communicate how architects shape the world

22-May-2015 | By

Will this month be remembered as the time the art world swallowed ‘architecture’ in one clean gulp? asks Rory Olcayto


May Day is more than a day off work

1-May-2015 | By

On May Day we must reflect on the deadly toll construction takes on its workforce, says Rory Olcayto

The Mackintosh Building, Glasgow School of Art

Take a risk and stay true to Mackintosh and Glasgow

24-Apr-2015 | By

As Page\Park embarks on restoring the Mack, it needs to ignore the heritage bores, says Rory Olcayto

One St Peter\'s Square

Does the construction upturn signal architectural constraint?

26-Nov-2015 | By Denise Chevin

Just as there’s more money flowing into the market, rising building costs mean the straitjacket is tightening on architecture, says Denise Chevin


In praise of Croydon

25-Nov-2015 | By

The south London borough is an urban Cinderella about to go to the ball, says Paul Finch


Foulkes: 'We want people to fall in love with Plymouth'

23-Nov-2015 | By Bernie Foulkes

Bernie Foulkes of LDA Design details how the practice is remasterplanning Plymouth’s famous postwar grid


See you later, tourism aggregator

20-Nov-2015 | By

Ian Martin salutes Edinburgh with his Och o’ the Noo project

Scottish parliament ariel view

Recovering the joy in the craft of making things

19-Nov-2015 | By Catherine Slessor

Malcolm Fraser helped free Edinburgh from historical intertia, now he’s calling for a critical national renewal to help make better buildings 

Laurieston Transformational Area, Glasgow by Page\Park Architects and Elder and Cannon Architects

Despite self-harm, Scotland's magnificent cities still shine

19-Nov-2015 | By

It’s not ‘ye banks and braes’ that define modern Scotland, but its surpassing urban architecture


Why do cities try to be more like somewhere else?

18-Nov-2015 | By

For Paul Finch a visit to Adelaide revealed exciting new architecture, but also an unfortunate readiness to demolish a distinctive building


Dreamlining for megalomaniacs

13-Nov-2015 | By

Ian Martin proposes a big ice cream cone filled with brains and more for west London


Farrell: 'Why are we not building new bridges in East London?'

12-Nov-2015 | By Terry Farrell

Terry Farrell sets out his wish list for the next mayor of London – including more bridges east of Tower Bridge and a plea to turn the capital into a National Park


A new arrival within the display and discussion of architecture

12-Nov-2015 | By Ellis Woodman

As well as architecture exhibitions targeted at a broad audience, there is a vital role for ones that develop the architectural discourse

Private house, West Sussex by Wilkinson King Architects

Jonathan Manser: McCloud's show steers clear of sensationalist drivel

11-Nov-2015 | By Jonathan Manser

Grand Designs’ coverage of the RIBA House of the Year has avoided X-Factor-like sensationalism, says Jonathan Manser, son of Michael Manser who helped set up the original award


Lessons from Singapore as architecture proves its worth

11-Nov-2015 | By

Last week’s World Architecture Festival demonstrated what can come out of a culture of creative thinking

Royal Academy debate on architectural ethics

Royal Academy architectural ethics debate: review

10-Nov-2015 | By

Architects have the power to directly promote the public interest when cities embrace ethical governance, says Rory Olcayto

Inversion Reflection

Balfron residents: 'Privatising the tower will segregate the community'

3-Nov-2015 | By Vanessa Crawford

Housing campaigner Vanessa Crawford says why residents think plans by Studio Egret West and Ab Rogers for the east London tower betray its legacy


Campus carry on

30-Oct-2015 | By

Ian Martin is shocked to discover transphobic vibes in his safe space

Royal Arsenal Square

Make rail projects play the regeneration game

30-Oct-2015 | By

Broadening who pays for rail infrastructure projects could transform their design quality

David Tittle of MADE

David Tittle: 'We need a review of design review'

29-Oct-2015 | By David Tittle

The design review process needs more teeth and a blend of national and local expertise, says the chief executive of West Midlands design review organisation MADE


An uncompromising approach to sustainability

29-Oct-2015 | By

In the face of mounting sustainability fatigue, leading practitioners are shifting the debate to ‘beyond green’ and ‘invisible architecture’

Colm Lacey,  Director of Development at Croydon Council

Croydon Council's Colm Lacey: 'Why we set up our own architectural practice'

28-Oct-2015 | By Colm Lacey

Colm Lacey, director of development at Croydon Council, says the authority’s new in-house architectural practice will share the guiding principles of the ‘fabled council architects departments’


Ensuring infrastructure is an engine for local transformation

28-Oct-2015 | By

Assessing the merit of ‘place’ design is difficult, but investment depends on it