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Industry Professional's comments

  • Palestinian and Israeli architects divided over UKTI visit

    Industry Professional's comment 30 November, 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.

  • AJ Women in Architecture Awards: deadline extended

    Industry Professional's comment 25 November, 2014 11:55 pm

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

  • Expert warns small standardised schools 'are set to stay'

    Industry Professional's comment 2 October, 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” ???

  • A lesson from history - the untold Eden project scandal

    Industry Professional's comment 10 September, 2014 9:56 am

    According to the BBC report of the court case (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/cornwall/3816713.stm)

    "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."

  • Jane Duncan: The nine per cent president

    Industry Professional's comment 7 August, 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.

  • Re-Format wins planning for Winchester townhouses

    Industry Professional's comment 19 July, 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.

  • Re-Format wins planning for Winchester townhouses

    Industry Professional's comment 17 July, 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.

  • Re-Format wins planning for Winchester townhouses

    Industry Professional's comment 17 July, 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.

  • Kennedy O’Callaghan's Bletchley Park visitor centre open doors

    Industry Professional's comment 27 June, 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?

  • How can we improve London’s emerging Skyline?

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

    Demolish the 'walkie talkie'.

  • 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.

  • Hodder: lower wages for female architects 'deplorable'

    Industry Professional's comment 24 April, 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?

  • Cardiff: a city of big ideas

    Industry Professional's comment 20 February, 2014 10:44 am

    Mr Macomish's regional xenophobia is quite staggering

  • Juice Architects unveils designs for Swansea Bay visitor centre

    Industry Professional's comment 29 January, 2014 10:26 am

    Highly textured concrete in that Marine Environment - a brave move

  • Moxon only Brit among latest Europan finalists

    Industry Professional's comment 6 January, 2014 2:05 pm

    So which European practices were shortlisted?

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

    Industry Professional's comment 6 December, 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

  • Scotland tackles teaching sustainable design

    Industry Professional's comment 8 November, 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:


    ‘CAST: Innovations in Concrete' runs till 28th November in The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell Lane, Glasgow.

  • Chipperfield dropped from Geffrye Museum overhaul

    Industry Professional's comment 6 November, 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.

  • Chipperfield accounts reveal slump in pre-tax profit

    Industry Professional's comment 17 October, 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.

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

    Industry Professional's comment 18 September, 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.

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