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Co Founding Director of Duggan Morris Architects

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  • Comment on: Work nears completion on Ooze's King’s Cross outdoor pool

    J MORRIS's comment 13-Feb-2015 5:14 pm

    this is amazing! Argent continue to surprise and inspire

  • Comment on: Stirling Prize shortlist: the critics react

    J MORRIS's comment 17-Jul-2014 12:34 pm

    I agree with Ellis ;-) / :-((

  • Comment on: Ellis Woodman on One Pancras Square by David Chipperfield

    J MORRIS's comment 16-May-2014 9:09 am

    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

    J MORRIS's comment 23-Apr-2014 5:38 pm

    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.

  • Comment on: Government to scrap Design and Access statements for most works

    J MORRIS's comment 13-Jun-2013 8:09 am

    I reside on several design review panels across London Boroughs, and in some cases, the panellists are required to review schemes (some controversial/some small) by inclusion of wall mounted drawings and a presentation by the planning officer, minus Architect or Applicant. In these cases, the D&A forms an invaluable narrative and explanation for decision making both wrong and right. Invariably, a well formatted D&A reads true and reflects highly upon the application and design team to deliver quality, and in many cases this reassurance is important to local authorities. The current system is not infallible, and many abuse the format as a means to entice the poorly trained and the lay into thinking the scheme is delivering more than it can. The D&A is also often an excessive drain on resource and time. However, if programmed into the design development correctly and used as a record of progress, recycled regularly, it should not be a burden. Instead, a useful reference mechanism for the team, client and stakeholders. My view remains that the D&A is a useful and necessary tool. It provides an important reference tool for both local authorities and the wider community, and instils a degree of referential rigour allowing those reviewing, insight into chronic deficiencies within applications. A sense of proportion is all that is required however, and this isn't just a matter of scale, it is a matter of complexity.

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