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  • Comment on: A lesson from history - the untold Eden project scandal

    cis@architectsjournal.co.uk's comment 10-Sep-2014 9:56 am

    According to the BBC report of the court case (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/cornwall/3816713.stm) "Mr Ball left the Eden Project in 1997 after falling out with Mr Smit. A legal dispute between the two co-founders of the vast biomes was settled amicably in 2002 and Mr Ball is now a lifetime Friend of the Eden Project."

  • Comment on: Jane Duncan: The nine per cent president

    cis@architectsjournal.co.uk's comment 7-Aug-2014 6:06 pm

    There is a strong undertone in this article that suggests the President of the RIBA shouldn't be designing houses for celebrity clients, but more 'worthy' architecture - whatever that is. The RIBA serves all architects, not just the ones that design museums and cultural centres! Who cares if she hasn't won awards, in case no one's noticed the President of the RIBA isn't actually asked to sit down and design anything, it's about policy, management, and good decision making.

  • Comment on: Re-Format wins planning for Winchester townhouses

    cis@architectsjournal.co.uk's comment 19-Jul-2014 1:26 pm

    The hierarchy of the 3 forms works well. Its a shame the drawings are so small on here. If the varying forms/terraces relate to the function of the accommodation behind, and i feel they may well do, it makes for a very special scheme indeed.

  • Comment on: Re-Format wins planning for Winchester townhouses

    cis@architectsjournal.co.uk's comment 17-Jul-2014 11:13 pm

    The hierarchy of the 3 forms works well. Its a shame the drawings are so small on here. If the varying forms/terraces relate to the function of the accommodation behind, and i feel they may well do, it makes for a very special scheme indeed.

  • Comment on: Re-Format wins planning for Winchester townhouses

    cis@architectsjournal.co.uk's comment 17-Jul-2014 11:19 am

    Nice to see a bold contemporary scheme that is well articulated and provides a considered and respectful response to a challenging site. Impressed.

  • Comment on: Kennedy O’Callaghan's Bletchley Park visitor centre open doors

    cis@architectsjournal.co.uk's comment 27-Jun-2014 12:57 pm

    Is the traffic cone a permanent feature to stop people tripping offf the edge of the steps? What about an unobtrusive hand-rail? What about level or sloping access to make access easier for people with walking difficulties?

  • Comment on: How can we improve London’s emerging Skyline?

    cis@architectsjournal.co.uk's comment 30-May-2014 8:58 am

    Demolish the 'walkie talkie'.

  • Comment on: The profession has to value women to become business-savvy

    cis@architectsjournal.co.uk's comment 7-May-2014 11:11 pm

    It would be nice if the AJ could write an article that offered a different point of view rather than hammering bosses over paying women less than their male counterparts. Employers will pay their staff as little as possible, whilst maintaining the illusion of progression and fair pay, much like a carrot to a donkey. I personally have been on the receiving end of the unfair pay gap and have had to fight like mad to get myself on an equal footing (or at least I think I got level). It took several attempts and the threat of leaving before I gained equal pay with my colleagues. All bosses have favorites and all bosses are reluctant to increase their overheads, so it won't come easily. But instead of moaning about the issues and using manipulated survey results (comparisons need to be far more comparable than just stating women earn 25% less) , the underpaid (male and female) should directly confront their boss and be willing to take drastic action if required. This may mean leaving a practice, interviewing elsewhere to see what the market is offering or just taking a hard line with your employer. If as a profession we all started to have a bit more backbone and demanded a proper salary, we wouldn't have reduced our net worth as dramatically as we have in the past years. Since when has a project manager been worth more than the architect... isn't that what we used to do as part of our role??? Unequal pay is unfair and unjust, but sadly it is rife and until we all unite and demand more as individuals, low pay and long hours will remain.

  • Comment on: Hodder: lower wages for female architects 'deplorable'

    cis@architectsjournal.co.uk's comment 24-Apr-2014 12:28 pm

    We are debating salary differences between male and female architects which is 100% the right thing to be doing. But whilst on this topic I think we should address the other significant issue within the industry... the fact that we are all grossly underpaid. The following is a job advertisement currently (24/04/2014) shown on the AJ: Newly Qualified Architect £20000.00 - £25000.00 per annum This cannot be considered adequate remuneration for 7 years study, three qualifications and the accompanying knowledge. I am fully behind equal pay, having been fortunate enough to have worked with both brilliant male and female architects. Both have different skills to offer, but both are equally significant. The recruitment firm advertising this measly job, will pull in at least 20% of the agreed annual salary. They require no specialist training, they don't belong to a regulatory body and they earn an extortionate amount of money in comparison. If companies can afford to pay the 20% fee, why don't we start appointing directly and offer some of this cost to the employees?

  • Comment on: Cardiff: a city of big ideas

    cis@architectsjournal.co.uk's comment 20-Feb-2014 10:44 am

    Mr Macomish's regional xenophobia is quite staggering

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