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

    Industry Professional'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

    Industry Professional's comment 20-Feb-2014 10:44 am

    Mr Macomish's regional xenophobia is quite staggering

  • Comment on: Juice Architects unveils designs for Swansea Bay visitor centre

    Industry Professional's comment 29-Jan-2014 10:26 am

    Highly textured concrete in that Marine Environment - a brave move

  • Comment on: Moxon only Brit among latest Europan finalists

    Industry Professional's comment 6-Jan-2014 2:05 pm

    So which European practices were shortlisted?

  • Comment on: Goodbye Parts 1,2 and 3: RIBA endorses shorter route to qualification

    Industry Professional's comment 6-Dec-2013 12:38 pm

    [logging-in via Construction Information Service] Any system that allows one to develop a practice in architecture based upon one's own merits rather than constrained by the available employment and 'in practice' learning opportunities is potentially fairer and more open to much needed innovation in the field. - Gordon Hulley

  • Comment on: Scotland tackles teaching sustainable design

    Industry Professional's comment 8-Nov-2013 12:37 pm

    Another exhibition is also currently underway in The Lighthouse, Glasgow, which considers and promotes sustainable design. ‘CAST: Innovations in Concrete' has been developed by Architecture and Design Scotland, The Concrete Society and the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture Edinburgh College of Art (ESALA) to look at and consider the environmental sustainability, recyclability and other ancillary benefits of concrete construction. A number of lunch seminars are programmed, where the perception of concrete, along the impact it has had on our culture, built environment and architecture, are considered and discussed. Full details are availbel in the link below: http://www.thelighthouse.co.uk/visit/exhibition/cast-innovations-in-concrete ‘CAST: Innovations in Concrete' runs till 28th November in The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell Lane, Glasgow.

  • Comment on: Chipperfield dropped from Geffrye Museum overhaul

    Industry Professional's comment 6-Nov-2013 10:12 pm

    I do hope you will perhaps consider applications from smaller, architectural practices, those who are less publically renowned as 'big name' practices in the near future, alternates who have an intense affiliation with the arts with historic refurbishment projects, perhaps even more deeply than Chippererfield himself.

  • Comment on: Chipperfield accounts reveal slump in pre-tax profit

    Industry Professional's comment 17-Oct-2013 2:11 pm

    Worth pointing out he was sacked from the £1billion Cambridge University project for failing to meet brief and budget after 12 months of trying.

  • Comment on: Gort Scott bags planning for Jesus College ‘eco’ offices

    Industry Professional's comment 18-Sep-2013 3:10 pm

    Having looked at the planning application I continue to fail to see anything unusually eco about this project. The massing and modelling of the rear of the building is also rather sad - a compromise between good neighbourlyness and commercial greed for floor area.

  • Comment on: Footprint's 5 things to do this week

    Industry Professional's comment 30-Aug-2013 3:36 pm

    All of these things are taking place in London, there are other places where architecture is practiced in the UK.

  • Comment on: BDP offloads 'unaffordable' £88.3m pension deficit

    Industry Professional's comment 13-Aug-2013 10:33 am

    http://www.professionalpensions.com/professional-pensions/news/2288300/ppf-takes-on-bdp-scheme-to-stave-off-insolvency

  • Comment on: The petition for Scott Brown has failed, but let it be a rallying call for equal recognition

    Industry Professional's comment 22-Jun-2013 0:06 am

    It's quite embarrassing that this whole thing thing went on so long. If the AJ wasn't in the middle of a "girl power" movement at the moment this wouldn't have had half the airtime. The fact that one of the topics at the top of AJ is "women in architecture" highlights the magazines priorities at the moment. Why isn't there a tab for "young architects", "old architects", "part qualified architects", "architects of diverse ethnic origin", "homosexual architects", "heterosexual architects", "handicapped architects"??? Surely selecting one group as worthy of acknowledgement above all others is wrong! It seems that the entire section is in place purely to provide Christine Murray with a job and a platform to vent her personal frustrations. Surely to comment adequately on the profession you would need to be fully immersed in it, not just watching from the sidelines and choosing your own agenda.

  • Comment on: Stirling winner Accordia protected from ‘ramshackle’ changes

    Industry Professional's comment 19-Jun-2013 8:33 am

    Is the personalisation of space so bad?... is architecture more important than self espression?... Cambridge has streets of Victorian terrace houses part of their charm is the fact no two are the same, part of there appeal is their flexibility and adaptability over time. In an age where we are encouraged to design for changing households, lifetime homes and new patterns of tenure, are the beautiful hosues of Accordia relevant?...

  • Comment on: Pritzker jury says no to Scott Brown petition

    Industry Professional's comment 17-Jun-2013 3:48 pm

    Thank god this was rejected. No matter how much work she has claimed to have done, the award wasn't given to her and it appears common sense has prevailed

  • Comment on: Robert Adam unveils 'traditional' village expansion

    Industry Professional's comment 11-Jun-2013 5:46 pm

    This is almost as horrendous as when Americans glue fake classical details to their homes and consider it to be a sign good taste. It looks like a tacky recreation of what Prince Charles deems classically English! No two homes the same... intentionally ofset pitches to appear as though they were built at different times!!! Where is the horse and cart to really fool us all???

  • Comment on: Seafield House, Isle of Man, by Gort Scott Architects

    Industry Professional's comment 17-May-2013 1:41 pm

    Why are there no images of the interior?

  • Comment on: GSSArchitecture scoops planning for arts centre extension

    Industry Professional's comment 26-Apr-2013 2:35 pm

    Bring back Fielden Clegg

  • Comment on: Euston demolition plans dropped

    Industry Professional's comment 19-Apr-2013 1:49 pm

    Demolishing quite a chunk of London to the west of the station?.... no more St James Square

  • Comment on: Pritzker for Chipperfield?

    Industry Professional's comment 8-Apr-2013 1:39 pm

    David Adjaye?... seriously?... why?... for what?....

  • Comment on: The proposed policy is disgusting and should immediately be abandoned

    Industry Professional's comment 25-Mar-2013 1:32 pm

    I am startled that you make such an incendiary claim of 'ethnic cleansing' showing a lack of knowledge of what this term means - ask anyone who lived through the Yugoslav wars and they will tell you that murder and torture were the order of the day not downsizing award payments (current borough average is £1500 flat payment in addition to £400 for each bedroom given up) nor moving payments to help with furniture removal. Nor the offer of a different property elsewhere. Nor were they given the opportunity to stay by paying a small contribution to their rent. Not forgetting that 'social housing tenant' is not an ethnicity! For example, in Essex the majority of social tenants are caucasian, in Tower Hamlets the majority are Bangladeshi.

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