Co Founding Director of Duggan Morris Architects
Comment on: MIPIM: Warts and all
True...however, with a bit of an open mind, a relaxed attitude, and a flexible approach, MIPIM can yield results. The task is NOT to approach MIPIM as a work generator. Think of it more as a NETWORK builder. If work comes from this immediately...its a bonus. I've attended seven years in succession, six as a rider of the Coram Ride to MIPIM event (cycle-to.org), which I must stress is head and shoulders above the actual event in Cannes, in both experience and networking terms. Whilst it is difficult to quantify exactly what has come from attending MIPIM each year, and whether or not the connections made would have been made otherwise, the fact remains that my practice has, as a result of those people I have met on ride and in tent, secured many £10-100M's of work across several sectors, with some of the industry's most revered clients. Add to this the strong bond of ambition/ethic/culture which grows between you and other participating consultants, especially architects...too numerous to mention. Over the years this growing family of like minded, ambitious and talented architects has grown, facilitating many collaborative working relationships across many schemes, ordinarily too large to tackle on one's own. In addition, and not to be scoffed at, are those chance encounters, lunches, dinners and so forth which would never happen in London. The reason...because everybody is doing the same...because that is what people attend MIPIM for...and thus they are accessible. On Thursday before leaving this year, I was biding time on La Croissette, reading up on matters, taking in the sun...when Patricia Brown (currently overseeing the LFA) coincidentally passed...we chatted for a short period...and I ended up several hours later attending a dinner she had organised to discuss the content of this year's LFA. Scintillating discussion, with Rab Bennetts (MIPIM first timer), David Taylor (NLA Quarterly), Sadie Morgan (DrMM), Patricia (of course), Phil Coffey (as ever), Tamsyn Curley (Place) and others...you cannot put a price tag on this...
this is amazing! Argent continue to surprise and inspire
Comment on: Stirling Prize shortlist: the critics react
I agree with Ellis ;-) / :-((
This is a sublime and sophisticated piece of work, within a sector continually devoid of charged intellect or narrative. It has reduced the banality of corporate office building design into a hugely efficient diagram of free spanning naturally ventilated spaces with stunning views across the southern stretch of the KX site; and all without the plastic gimmicks usually employed to mask or conceal a building's bulk or mass. Concurrently, Ellis Woodman's critique is head and shoulders above anything we read in the architectural press. A real coup for the AJ.
Comment on: Women architects paid a quarter less than men
Which practices, and are we taking about a straight position for position comparison? If the statistics suggest blatant discrimination, name and shame each practice individually including the directors who set out such a policy. I know of no practices within my network which deploy inequality. Our office, for example, employs a strict grade system, with absolutely no distinction between age, gender, race...simply experience and qualifications. I'd be interested to see what responses are encouraged if this course of action is pursued.