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rory olcayto's Comments

  • Comment on: FAT in conversation: The death of the architect

    rory olcayto's comment 21-Aug-2015 4:27 pm


  • Comment on: FAT in conversation: The death of the architect

    rory olcayto's comment 21-Aug-2015 12:43 pm

    as ever, thanks for reading it Paul, and commenting!

  • Comment on: #GREATSCHOOLS: Take the AJ’s school building survey

    rory olcayto's comment 24-Mar-2015 12:30 pm

    Catherine, yes - we would like to take up your offer, and will of course comply with your terms and conditions. rory olcayto, acting editor.

  • Comment on: AJ/Argent charrette: new visions for Manchester's Airport City

    rory olcayto's comment 8-Mar-2015 6:53 pm

    All practices were paid to contribute by AJ, although the prospect of working with Argent, meeting key Argent staff, and having their work showcased in AJ, as well as in a special book AJ has produced and which will be distributed at MIPIM, was more important to the practices involved. each praxtice will also feature in a breakfast briefing in the manchester bar at MIPIM on thursday. If you are in MIPIM,please come along.

  • 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 graduates

    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 graduates

    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.

  • Comment on: Glasgow academics weigh in on Red Road flats demolition

    rory olcayto's comment 13-Apr-2014 3:28 pm

    Matt, thank you for your in-depth take on all things Red Road. Fascinating.

  • Comment on: Venice Biennale spat points to a deeper rift in architectural culture

    rory olcayto's comment 21-Mar-2014 4:16 pm

    not sure i follow your logic Urbanist. could you explain? cheers, rory

  • Comment on: Join the AJ for breakfast at O'Donnell + Tuomey's student centre at the LSE

    rory olcayto's comment 20-Mar-2014 7:32 pm

    click on the link above that says, 'book your places now'

  • Comment on: Time for Serpentine Pavilion to back Brits

    rory olcayto's comment 18-Mar-2014 10:22 pm

    Thomas, that was the point of the pavilion, as I said in my editorial, above. But the rule has been broken - H&dM built the pavilion in 2012 even though they had already built in England (Tate, Laban) so....time to change the rules! Or just scrap it. That said, the Radic scheme has a lovely neo-Neolithic aesthetic!

  • Comment on: Holl's Glasgow Art School Building: First reaction

    rory olcayto's comment 6-Mar-2014 4:59 pm

    Ahh John, you are right. He was living in suffolk when he was arrested under suspicion of being a spy. change has been made. Still the point stands!

  • Comment on: AJ Kiosk models revealed: Hadid, Hopkins, Parry and AHMM

    rory olcayto's comment 18-Feb-2014 12:17 pm

    Hello Sita: thank you for your question. We devised Kiosk for our partners Turkishceramics, although we have many similar programmes that engage with small firms. Recently we have produced charrettes in Glasgow and Birmingham with Philips and Argent, both for smaller firms. We are in the middle of our Small Projects coverage (which awards winners with a cash prize) and have just awarded and celebrated the best young female architects in the Women in Architecture Awards. It is also just a few months since we shortlisted young firms for the Future Reception competition with Derwent. We hope Kiosk will open a wider debate. At the Building Centre this week we have a crit with the mayor’s office, townscape expert Bob Tavenor and Thames Water (Daisy Froud of small (but growing practice) AOC is joining us too) and we are publishing a supplement exploring the designs and the wider public realm debate soon. An exhibition (also at the Building Centre), and designed by our art editor Brad Yendle begins on Friday. We hope you will come along. Of course AJ is dedicated to fostering young talent - it is our lifeblood too - but that shouldn't mean we don't engage with the proven best, like Zaha Hadid, Hopkins et al. PS. Studio Weave, part of the Kiosk programme, are what you might describe as a small practice too. We were delighted to be able to include them.