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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

The Mackintosh Building, Glasgow School of Art

Join the AJ on a tour of the burned out Mack

21-Apr-2015 | Updated: 28-Apr-2015 | By

Rory Olcayto explores the burnt out remains of the Glasgow School of Art as part of last week’s symposium on the Mackintosh building

Moira Gemmill

Moira Gemmill's revolutionary approach will become her legacy

16-Apr-2015 | By

Moira Gemmill spurned celebrity architecture in favour of new talent and ideas, says Rory Olcayto


Politicians need to be educated when it comes to building schools

2-Apr-2015 | Updated: 12-May-2015 | By

We’re campaigning to put education and school building at the top of the political agenda, says Rory Olcayto


Architecture Tomorrow showcases real projects that will get built

31-Mar-2015 | By

Architecture Tomorrow (ATOM) doesn’t predict the future of the built environment, it is the future of the built environment, says Rory Olcayto

Sanderson House by David Kohn Architects

Small Projects: the crits, the quality and the hidden fox

25-Mar-2015 | Updated: 16-Apr-2015 | By

What makes the Small Project crits so special? Maybe it’s the high standard of work on show, says Rory Olcayto


Spatial thinkers needed for the digital and physical overlap

18-Mar-2015 | By

The interface between digital and real is where the most exciting design opportunities are happening, says Rory Olcayto


Few can argue against good school design

13-Mar-2015 | By

Whether you can measure the benefits or not, well-designed schools are simple common sense, says Rory Olcayto


Google's news finally gives workplace architecture the recognition it deserves

9-Mar-2015 | By

Google’s exciting choice of designers for its HQ shows how architecture is being used to woo talent, says Rory Olcayto


Woodman's appointment is a good move for the Architecture Foundation

18-Feb-2015 | By

With Ellis Woodman at the helm, the Architecture Foundation can be a truly independent voice for London, says Rory Olcayto


Yet another skirmish in the architectural Style Wars

13-Feb-2015 | By

Luxury goods designers Thom Mayne and Peter Zumthor will make perfect neighbours in Vals, says Rory Olcayto


Universities don't exist to create oven-ready students

6-Feb-2015 | By

Practices are claiming architecture schools don’t teach the practical skills. Isn’t that their job? asks Rory Olcayto


Discrimination starts in the studio

23-Jan-2015 | By

The Women in Architecture survey shows discrimination is more rife in the office than on site, says Rory Olcayto

Helen Hayes, MP

Helen Hayes MP: 'Labour's cities regeneration prioritised design quality'

6-Jul-2015 | By

New MP and former town planner at Allies and Morrison: Urban Practitioners, Helen Hayes, talks about the housing crisis, managing conflicts of interest and how to avoid homogenous cities

Aylesbury Estate (planning submitted October 2014) - View from Westmoreland Square: Design team HTA, mae and Hawkins/Brown

Where do people go to cry?

6-Jul-2015 | By Dieter Kleiner

Architects need to show more compassion in their approach if they are be truly socially engaged, says RCKA’s Dieter Kleiner

Consultation on the Karakusevic Carson\'s Kings Crescent Estate in Stoke Newington

Just because you're a council tenant, it doesn't mean you can't have a say


An estate resident and members of Hackney Council’s regeneration team on their experiences of the regeneration of London’s housing estates

Safdie Architects’ Jewel Changi Airport, Singapore, currently on site

Green roofs are slowly gaining ground

1-Jul-2015 | By Peter Sheard

Green roof experts gathered in Istanbul recently to share best practice, Peter Sheard reports

Colm Lacey,  Director of Development at Croydon Council

To meet housing needs we need simple, deliverable schemes

30-Jun-2015 | By Colm Lacey

To be genuinely effective in meeting dire housing need, we must create simple, deliverable schemes, says Croydon Council’s Colm Lacey

John McRae

Housing crisis: 'Architects should challenge the issues of supply and demand'

26-Jun-2015 | By John McRae

John McRae of ORMS poses some of his own questions about the housing crisis - and offers some possible solutions


There goes the victimhood

26-Jun-2015 | By

Ian Martin insists his conscience is socially clean

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

Cedric Price\'s Fun Palace

The needs of artists and audiences should be put first

26-Jun-2015 | By Ellis Woodman

The preference for concentrating arts buildings in a small number of central locations needs to be challenged, says AJ Critic-at-large Ellis Woodman

Airport and infrastructure strategy by Fosters

Internal RIBA matters are trivial, architects need to play a key role in the wider world

24-Jun-2015 | By

The RIBA is at its best when it is looking out rather than in, says Paul Finch

Kate Macintosh

Public wealth is being transferred to the pockets of property speculators

23-Jun-2015 | By Kate Macintosh

Kate Macintosh, architect of the recently listed Leigham Court sheltered housing scheme, on the threat to London council estates

Return to Lunch at Halley VI

Designing for the most extreme place on Earth

23-Jun-2015 | By

Hugh Broughton staffer and former AJ technical editor Felix Mara reports from a recent LFA event on designing in Antarctica


Be confident Historic England and admit you got it wrong on Robin Hood Gardens

23-Jun-2015 | By

Seven years ago Historic England’s predecessor took a populist rather than an expert line over the listing of the east London estate, argues Will Hurst

James Gowan

Wilford: 'Gowan was a major inspiration and mentor' Video

22-Jun-2015 | By Michael Wilford

Michael Wilford pays tribute to fellow post-war architect James Gowan who died last week, aged 92


Living in a dematerialised world

19-Jun-2015 | By

Ian Martin explores the future from an experimental 1970s pub


Will Hurst: 'RIBA winners still delight despite climate of austerity'

18-Jun-2015 | By

This year’s winning schemes have overcome severe budgetary constraints through ingenuity and close co-operation with clients


Letting your intentions be known

17-Jun-2015 | By Mark Klimt

Legalese: A letter of intent needs to be handled with the level of care appropriate to a full appointment, says Mark Klimt


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


The mysteries behind the Queen’s Birthday Honours

17-Jun-2015 | By

Honours are a worthwhile method of recognition, but remain rather mysterious, says Paul Finch

Karen Cook of PLP Architecture - the project lead on 22 Bishopsgate

Karen Cook: 'Any tall building is a big responsibility'

16-Jun-2015 | By

Karen Cook of PLP Architecture, one of only a handful of women designing skyscrapers in the UK, explains how the designs for the Helter Skelter changed to something more ‘dignified and simple’