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FAT and Grayson Perry\'s House for Essex

Skewed concerns at Grayson Perry house

20-May-2015 | By Astragal

Security was tight at the press opening of the much-photographed, two-bedroom holiday home designed by the now-dissolved FAT together with artist Grayson Perry.

RIBA Gold Medal

Close encounters with the stars

20-May-2015 | By Astragal

Ever fancied a helicopter ride over London? Well one lucky winner could be in with the chance for a ride in Norman Foster’s private helicopter.

Jeremy Paxman in 2009

HS2 fails to capture Paxman’s heart

20-May-2015 | By Astragal

No longer able to attack politicians on Newsnight, Jeremy Paxman has turned his attention to a much bigger, less animate target: the construction of High Speed 2.

Piano’s Whitney Museum is in the bag

14-May-2015 | By Astragal

As his new $422 million Whitney Museum in New York opens to the public, Renzo Piano has joined the ever-growing list of architects trying their hand at fashion design.

Owen Luder, former president of RIBA who has been re-elected to the RIBA council

Luder proves a shrewd political gambler

14-May-2015 | By Astragal

Such sentiments certainly won’t have been appreciated by most architects, who, according to the AJ’s pre-election poll, were hoping for a Labour victory. 

An unseemly display of post-election glee

14-May-2015 | By Astragal

As a rule, press releases should not enrage, so perhaps the authors of a post-election media bulletin issued this week should have considered the fact that 75 per cent of the electorate did not vote Conservative.

Lego Flatiron Building

Flatiron receives the Lego treatment

6-May-2015 | By Astragal

Lego has just released the latest model in its Landmark Architecture series – an interpretation of New York’s 1902 Flatiron Building.

Channel 4 HQ

Rogers protests his channel 4 innocence

6-May-2015 | By Astragal

Last week Richard Rogers gave a talk exclusively for Channel 4’s staff about his life and loves.

Heygate Estate Elephant and Castle

A dark site for regeneration dirt

6-May-2015 | By Astragal

Just when we’d almost forgotten about the (non) trials and tribulations of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, tantalising news emerges about a secret-sharing project specifically for architects and planners.

Damien Murtagh

Straight approach for 3D modelling system

30-Apr-2015 | By Astragal

An architect has designed a modular kit which he hopes will be ‘the next Lego’. Arckit, is the brainchild of Irish architect Damien Murtagh who designed it as a reaction to 3D computer models.

Heatherwick Garden Bridge

Garden Bridge loses its Silva lining

30-Apr-2015 | By Astragal

While plans for Thomas Heatherwick’s controversial Garden Bridge continue to inch forward, one of the scheme’s trustees has taken a running jump.

Tottenham stadium

Supersized changing prospect for Spurs

30-Apr-2015 | By Astragal

All eyes are on Tottenham Hotspur FC and what the club’s proposed new stadium may look like. Rumours are that a ‘big reveal’ is imminent.

International Spy Museum, Washington

I spy Richard Rogers in Washington

23-Apr-2015 | By Astragal

For many years public perceptions of spy architecture have been dominated by the work of GCHQ ‘doughnut’ designer Gensler and Terry Farrell – the architect of James Bond’s towering MI6 HQ.

Holl Mack poster

Glasgow School Of Art draws a blank

23-Apr-2015 | By Astragal

Students at the Glasgow School of Art have hit back at orders to not affix anything to the walls of Steven Holl’s Reid Building

Everyone wants a piece of the barracks

23-Apr-2015 | By Astragal

The £3 billion Chelsea Barracks redevelopment is on the move again. The scheme’s original architect, Richard Rogers, was famously thrown off the overhaul of the redundant barracks site in 2009 following a headline-grabbing intervention by Prince Charles.

Carsten Höller’s giant slides

Hayward slide show

17-Apr-2015 | By Astragal

Carsten Höller’s giant slides, which were erected at Tate Modern in 2006, are set to make a return


I’m not a monster, protests Glasgow-based architect Hoskins

17-Apr-2015 | By Astragal

Gareth Hoskins takes the prize for most unusual comment made by an architect about themselves after saying he was ‘not tall enough to be Godzilla’.

Grimshaw Western News HQ

Peregrines fly in to save Grimshaw ship

17-Apr-2015 | By Astragal

Grimshaw’s threatened Ship building in Plymouth could be handed a last-minute lifeline by rare birds.

Heatherwick Garden Bridge

No Kew to praise the garden bridge

2-Apr-2015 | By Astragal

The charity behind plans for London’s controversial Garden Bridge launched a new PR offensive last week.

Zaha Hadid Middle East Centre, University of Oxford

Birds take a shine to Zaha’s Oxford building

2-Apr-2015 | By Astragal

As the wraps come off Zaha Hadid Architects’ long-awaited Middle East Centre at the University of Oxford it appears the curved, funnel-like addition to St Antony’s College has received a harsh verdict from the local wildlife.

Superdensity - Hong Kong

Superdensity driven by 'frenzy of avarice'

22-May-2015 | By Keith Cooper

Leading architects have demanded the end to the unbridled rise of ‘super-dense’ developments in London spurred by a ‘frenzy of avarice’ from investors

First Light Pavilion

New FCBS schemes move forward at Jodrell Bank

22-May-2015 | By Jim Dunton

A pair of Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBS) projects at Cheshire’s Jodrell Bank Observatory have taken significant steps forward

#Great Schools round table

Making the case for #greatschools

21-May-2015 | By

An opportunity exists for an architect-led lobbying effort to promote good design, delivered at low cost, an expert roundtable concluded

Hall McKnight\'s \'yellow pavilion\'

Hall McKnight reveals pavilion for London Festival of Architecture

21-May-2015 | By

Hall Mcknight has revealed plans for a pop-up pavilion to showcase Irish design at next month’s London Festival of Architecture

31/44\'s proposal for Redchurch Street

31/44 wins go-ahead for £1.8m Shoreditch refurb

21-May-2015 | By

London-based 31/44 has won planning for the £1.8 million transformation of a of a building in Shoreditch, East London

The Chapel by a21studio

Last chance to enter: World Architecture Festival Awards 2015

21-May-2015 | By

Architects have until tomorrow (22 May) to submit schemes for this year’s World Architecture Festival (WAF) awards

Lambeth Town Hall model

Cartwright Pickard lodges large-scale Brixton plans

21-May-2015 | By Jim Dunton

Proposals for a multi-building redevelopment of Brixton’s civic quarter, designed by Cartwright Pickard Architects, have been submitted for planning

Scotland studio

Keppie film studio scheme goes in for planning

21-May-2015 | By Jim Dunton

Proposals for a £135 million studio complex and visitor attraction on the outskirts of Edinburgh by Keppie Design,have been submitted for in-principle planning approval.

Studio Octopi\'s Thames Baths near City Hall

Studio Octopi exceeds Thames Baths' crowdfunding target

21-May-2015 | By

Studio Octopi has exceeded its £125,000 crowdfunding target for its proposed Thames Baths floating lido

Ruairidh C Moir of BARD

New practice: BARD


The latest in a series of practice profiles looking at those who have recently decided to go it alone

Glaze by Cousins & Cousins

Ben Cousins: 'It's been a challenge to make it look elegant'

20-May-2015 | By James McLachlan

Cousins & Cousins founder Ben Cousins speaks to the AJ about the practice’s glazed pavilion for Clerkenwell Design Week

Burrell Collection

HLF agrees £15m towards Burrell Collection refurb

20-May-2015 | By Jim Dunton

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has handed £15million towards the proposed revamp of Glasgow’s cultural showpiece - Barry Gasson Architects’ Burrell Collection

Charlie Palmer

Sheffield student bags Foster travelling fund

20-May-2015 | By

Sheffield School of Architecture student Charles Palmer has been handed the 2015 RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship

Allies and Morrison\'s Olympicopolis proposals - contest win (May 2015)

Revealed: winner in Olympicopolis competition

20-May-2015 | By

A team led by Allies and Morrison, with O’Donnell & Tuomey and AJ’s 2013 Emerging Woman Architect of the Year Olga Felip’s studio, has been chosen to design the new Olympicopolis

Wright & Wright\'s Geffrye Museum proposals

Geffrye revamp gets funding green-light

20-May-2015 | By

The Heritage Lottery Fund has handed the Geffyre Museum £11 million, meaning Wright & Wright’s proposed revamp can now go-ahead


In pictures: what to see at Clerkenwell Design Week 2015

19-May-2015 | By

The AJ picks out the architectural highlights of the three-day-long creative festival


Fraenkel and Parnaby keep grip on ARB board

19-May-2015 | By Jim Dunton

Beatrice Fraenkel and Richard Parnaby have been re-elected unopposed to their positions at the helm of the Architects Registration Board (ARB).

Architecture Students

Hoare Lea and AJ launch £2k student bursary

19-May-2015 | By

Get support for your ideas with the AJ Hoare Lea Part 2 research bursary

FAT and Grayson Perry\'s House for Essex

Holland on Julie's house: 'It is the ultimate decorated shed'

19-May-2015 | By

FAT’s final project – a collaboration with artist Grayson Perry for Living Architecture – has finally completed

Paul Morrell, chief construction adviser

Paul Morrell warns RIBA could become 'irrelevant'

18-May-2015 | By Denise Chevin

Paul Morrell, the former government chief construction adviser, has warned that professional bodies in the sector are in danger of becoming ‘irrelevant within five to 10 years’