Comment on: BBC apologises to Hadid over Qatar allegations
The Today interview was poor but Janice Turner’s article ’Hadid’s Deals with Despots Come at a Price’ in The Times yesterday was very good - if uncomfortable - reading. It centred on the issue of morality and architecture and asked whether architects have an ethical duty to question who they work for and for what purposes they serve. “Of all art, architecture requires the deepest faith and investment in your vision from those with money to burn. And who has dosh for grand projects but oligarchs, Chinese party high-ups and kleptocrats?” Of course there is serious money and backing behind certain grand projects and a chance to build something beautiful but if starchitects don’t take an ethical stand or use their influence they have to campaign for safety then the chance is that they will be remembered as a bunch of latter day Albert Speers.
What has Jane found to be workable with regard to the full inclusion of disabled staff and clients? Is the office fully wheechair accessible and what adaptions needed to be made? If so, were the implications of costs and disruption on the business manageable?
How many Part II women Architects has Jane mentored through Part III in her own practice over the years? How many women Architects with children under 5 has the practice employed over the years? What challenges have the issues of lack of experience and the need for flexible working brought? What has Jane's practice been doing differently to other practices in overcoming these challenges over the years?
Comment on: Historic England on hunt for best post-war pubs
The King Offa in St Albans, not a spritzer in sight. ( I think they still hold meat raffles.).
Can we hear more from practice owners - their own stories - as to how they personally have dealt with difficult issues such as lack of experience in junior staff or helping their staff balance being a productive staff member with an engaged family life? As for the leading by example issue, well, I from personal experience I can write that one of the leading advocates of mentoring and promotion of women in the industry is the very same person I worked for as a Part 2 where I got F All help with my Part 3 studies and experienced a hatchet job on my confidence. Very much a case of do as I say not as I do!