PARDEY'S WORK IS PRETTY, BUT WHAT ABOUT THE REST?
How does John Pardey do it (AJ 17.11.05)? Most of us spend an entire lifetime searching for the ideal client - the imaginative, creative couple with disposable income to spare. Yet Pardey seems to have a steady stream of them knocking at his door. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that, unlike the rest of us, everything he produces ends up in the AJ. How about giving the rest of us a chance?
Pardey's houses may be beautiful, but they can hardly be said to be representative of British architecture. Might I suggest that the AJ devotes a lavish feature to some gritty social housing or, better still, a deeply flawed, highly compromised private dwelling which is pretty mediocre and done on the cheap, but which represents a triumph when compared to the pitiful aspirations of the client. I'm sure you would have plenty of material to choose from.
Tom Edwards, by email