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rory olcayto's Comments

  • Comment on: DRDH or Haworth Tompkins to design London's new concert hall?

    rory olcayto's comment 20-Feb-2015 2:41 pm

    erm waitey - what about: Flannagan Lawrence - royal welsh college of music and drama Allies Morrison – refurb of royal festival hall Page Park – refurb of theatre royal, glasgow

  • Comment on: Universities don't exist to create oven-ready students

    rory olcayto's comment 12-Feb-2015 7:00 pm

    Paul - we will gladly take you up on your offer to come to the MSA awards... and as for writing - please send us your proposal and we will consider it seriously.

  • Comment on: Universities don't exist to create oven-ready students

    rory olcayto's comment 12-Feb-2015 11:26 am

    It's a debate Paul. Thanks for your comment. Not everyone has been as astonished as you, though. If you're a regular reader you'll know too that the AJ editorial team regularly gets out of London. We obviously have more to do to shift your perception of us! You list some of problems facing the profession to do with fees - do you think better trained students will solve them? And don't you think you and those in practice have a role to play too? What's the two years in practice for? Of course, opinion should be treated as opinion, rather than fact - and that's what I've given you. That said, I can’t see what’s unreasonable to suggest to the profession that paying overtime and training future architects should be central to a practice’s duties. You’ve obviously got some thoughts to share though – so could you address how students can become better architects? cheers!

  • Comment on: 09.01.15: DRDH in Bodø

    rory olcayto's comment 14-Jan-2015 10:03 am

    We wil print a correction. Sorry for the confusion!

  • Comment on: AJ Small Projects Awards 2015: Deadline extended!

    rory olcayto's comment 30-Nov-2014 8:29 pm

    Yes, we do accept conservation projects for small projects. But you'll need to be very clear what the budget has been spent on, and make very clear the work that has been carried out so that our shortlisting team can make a reasonable assessment.

  • Comment on: AJ Kiosks named as one of 13 key future projects for London

    rory olcayto's comment 29-Oct-2014 4:40 pm

    True Dat. My bad. (I wrote the brief!)

  • Comment on: Amanda Levete: the social networker

    rory olcayto's comment 25-Sep-2014 5:27 pm

    The article is researched the AJ news desk - there is no single author. I'm sorry you think the piece is nasty Sutherland. Amuch of the material within it is drawn from information in the public domain and any criticisms have been balanced with praise. It's fairly typical of a profile format.

  • Comment on: Last chance to enter: How would Scottish independence impact architects?

    rory olcayto's comment 7-Aug-2014 10:28 am

    Thank you Walter, for your very thoughtful commentary.

  • Comment on: You asked for it. We built it. The AJ is now on iPad

    rory olcayto's comment 8-May-2014 4:30 pm

    Ian: no - not as yet. Our website has been optimised for your mobile however. And our own research has shown most architects use Apple rather than windows or android tablets.

  • Comment on: Skyline campaign: Prospects and views

    rory olcayto's comment 15-Apr-2014 9:11 am

    Thank you for your comments Robert. All of our campaigns – Women in Architecture, More Homes Better Homes and now Skyline – argue in favour of raising standards, whether in terms of a fair working environment, a better quality of housing provision, or a more thoughtful approach to building tall. On the whole, I believe most architects, whether in the AJ100 or not, share these aspirations and while there is always more any business can do to improve – and that includes AJ too – it is also reasonable to celebrate success where it occurs, hence our passion for the AJ100 Awards. In any case, a strong critical culture is good for business - more often than not it inspires innovation. As for your comments regarding height – it’s a good one: ultimately it’s all relative – apparently the first use of the term skyscraper was applied to steel framed buildings just 10 stories high. We’ve gone with Peter Murray’s definition however, and the research NLA published for its London’s Growing Up! Exhibition. about planned tall buildings for the capital.

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