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Industry Professional's Comments

  • Comment on: Third of biggest housebuilders don't employ own architects

    Industry Professional's comment 3-Feb-2015 11:33 pm

    Planners insist on new houses looking the same as the adjacent houses and the houses in the surrounding area, therefore no real design is required. It would be nice to be able to put forward innovative design solutions not just basic red or buff brick square houses with very little character or Architectural design.

  • Comment on: Berkeley drops plans to demolish listed building for Crossrail development

    Industry Professional's comment 30-Jan-2015 4:59 pm

    Seems so obvious just to push back the taxi pick up turnaround back a bit in order to retain the building. Its not like this part of the Royal Arsenal is desperate for public space.

  • Comment on: Crystal Palace: Where did it all go Zhongrong?

    Industry Professional's comment 30-Jan-2015 11:07 am

    Good riddance I say. The park is not derelict as anyone ever setting foot in it will be bale to see. Locals are rightly fed up with people descending and declaring their much used local park in need of being concreted over. Would this have gone any further a really dangerous precedent would have been set not boding well for keeping green spaces in the city. It is too easy to feel all sentimental about a formerly bankrupt icon that burned to the ground for good reason. There is yet hope London will grow up and ditch its rampant icon-ism for a more interesting future should this project really disappear.

  • Comment on: 26.09.14: Materials science

    Industry Professional's comment 24-Dec-2014 9:18 am


  • Comment on: Robert Adam unveils Reading towers scheme

    Industry Professional's comment 11-Dec-2014 10:50 pm

    What on earth is that?!... no no no no no.... wrong on 28 levels

  • Comment on: Work starts on Design Engine’s £5.9m Reading footbridge

    Industry Professional's comment 5-Dec-2014 1:21 pm

    Not as aesthetically pleasing as Stockton-on-Tees' Infinity bridge but due to location, I feel this will get more coverage and praise.

  • Comment on: The last resort: Blackpool council offices by AHR

    Industry Professional's comment 5-Dec-2014 1:10 pm

    The regeneration developments in Blackpool look promising however, I feel out of season it'll always have the "Every day is like Sunday" theme associated with run down seaside resorts across the country.

  • Comment on: Mighty neighbourly: Pewsey One by Tony Fretton Architects

    Industry Professional's comment 1-Dec-2014 2:44 pm

    The nice brick area will shortly be covered by second/third cars and recycling bins!

  • Comment on: Palestinian and Israeli architects divided over UKTI visit

    Industry Professional's comment 30-Nov-2014 8:41 pm

    From Anne Markey: Nadia Habash was my counterpart on the British Council Women @ Work trip to Palestine in 2008 led by Angela Brady.  I was shocked by the impact of occupation on the daily lives of Nadia and other professional colleagues there. The West Bank was not the discrete parcel of land separated by a wall from Israel that I had ignorantly imagined it to be. Palestinian cities were separated from other Palestinian cities within the West Bank by Israeli checkpoints making the typical regular site visit that we are familiar with here in the UK an arduous and prolonged affair. Personally I think that UK architects should inform themselves fully of the situation on the ground before they chase opportunities in such a sensitive context.

  • Comment on: AJ Women in Architecture Awards: deadline extended

    Industry Professional's comment 25-Nov-2014 11:55 pm

    Out of interest and general equality, will there be an annual "men in architecture" awards?

  • Comment on: Expert warns small standardised schools 'are set to stay'

    Industry Professional's comment 2-Oct-2014 3:23 pm

    Isn't this the same M Johnson who at the BFE conference last year proudly presented these standard designs! " anyone that wants to move away from the baseline and can do so within budget is welcome to try. We’ve left room for innovation” ???

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

    Industry Professional's comment 10-Sep-2014 9:56 am

    According to the BBC report of the court case ( "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

    Industry Professional'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

    Industry Professional'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

    Industry Professional'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

    Industry Professional'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

    Industry Professional'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?

    Industry Professional's comment 30-May-2014 8:58 am

    Demolish the 'walkie talkie'.

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

    Industry Professional'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'

    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?