Ruth Brennan's Comments
Comment on: End of the road for RIBANet
The RIBAnet forum has been a very valuable resource, but its use declined thanks to the RIBA's lack of support or promotion to its members. It is a great shame that the RIBA does not value such a useful communication tool. Now it has gone, I wonder why I am spending nearly £400 a year to be a member of the RIBA? Thanks to the efforts of one ex RIBAnetter, William Sutherland, the new forum is now far more healthy than RIBAnet was in its dying throes.
That's a great set of tips from Claire Bennie. Next time they have a competition, I might enter! The number of women entering reflects almost exactly the number of women in architecture - does Peabody know that? From Mrs Bennie's comment, maybe not.
Comment on: Hundreds bid for Peabody small projects work
I did not enter this competition myself, but was very pleased to see that at last, a large national client was willing to consider small and even micro practices. The huge number of entries reflects the desire of many small practices to engage with an enlightened client, as well as showing just how few opportunities there are for practices which are not only small, but young, or which consist of just one person. There is an enormous pool of talent in such practices, as well as architects who understand the full procurement process, can run jobs on site and who can deliver practical and beautiful buildings. It is a shame that most clients ignore the fresh ideas and insight a small practitioner can bring and instead rely on the size of the practice's insurance. I hope the pool includes some micro practices and I look forward to seeing the successful schemes.
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?