Ruth Brennan's Comments
Comment on: Who is the most talented woman in your practice?
Who is the most talented woman in your practice? Easy. Me. Oh - there doesn't seem to be anyone else here. Can I nominate myself for one of the gongs?
Neville - obviously not, with brickwork that colour.
Comment on: Self-taught graduate aims for chartership
I passed the Part 3 in 2005, without an architect employer, whilst working in my own practice (as I did for the parts 1 and 2). I did not find it particularly difficult to pass as I had far more practical experience than I would have gained as a tiny cog in a huge machine. I attended Lincoln university occasionally and went for the interview there, but otherwise obtained advice from architect friends, RIBAnet and books. As a way to learn what you really need as an architect in practice, I thoroughly recommend it.
So how come you ended up as a journalist for a small architectural magazine?
Son of Shard?
I would like to point out that the ARB Reform Group stood only to hold the ARB to it's statutory powers and no more. Although some were all for going further and scrapping the ARB, several of us were not, myself included.
Yet another example of views of a fine historic building being ruined by mediocre glass things. (The Shard, for example, spoils the views of almost everything around it). What happened to modest, reasonably priced and useful housing for the people who really need it, with some usable open space rather than cavernous wind tunnels?
Comment on: City of Dredd
I am really looking forward to the new Judge Dredd film, having been a fan for... er... a very long time. The previous film with Sylvester Stallone was OK in parts, but the most terrible blasphemy to the Dredd legend was Stallone taking his helmet off. Dredd never, ever did that, not even in the bath. For a more authentic Dredd character (complete with Judge Anderson side-kick) try Robocop. I loved the architecture in the comic strip, especially those drawn by Brian Bolland. I based my Part 2 design project on some of it , but haven't found much demand for the style within my own practice. Can't wait to see it - I must go and dust off my Judge Death tee shirt!
Maybe the word 'vibrant' should be 'vibrating'?
If that was one of John Bancroft's good works, I'd hate to see what he designed on an off day. Absolutely hideous.