Issue : 1998
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People & practicesSubscription
Stuart Hendy has retired as the contract-administration partner of FaulknerBrowns, based in Newcastle. He will continue to act as a consultant and to represent the practice on the Design & Build Foundation.
O little town . . .
A design by Richard Rogers Partnership and Ove Arup & Partners with a 'great floating roof' has been shortlisted for a competition for a convention centre in Rome.
Anyone hoping for a complete description of the magnificent American Airforce Museum at Duxford would have been disappointed at Fosters director Spencer de Grey's presentation at the riba. Not only were there no jury members on hand - even in the audience - to explain their choice, but de Grey chose to present six buildings including Duxford - the only one of the half-dozen 'with which I have not been involved'.
Martin Pawley: no previous experience necessarySubscription
Last week I thought I read that Tony Blair intended to appoint a 'new strong independent voice to speak for government', but I was mistaken. It was Chris Smith, not Tony Blair, and all he was going to do was shuffle the old pack of Tory Arts quangos, re-deal them crony-style, put a 'new strong independent voice to speak for architecture' in charge, and smother the lot in democratic safeguards.
In the newsSubscription
Nigel Howard is a busy but happy man. 'I have the best job I could have,' he says, having just taken over as director of the bre's Centre for Sustainable Construction, following the retirement of Roger Baldwin. He is trained as a chemist, not the most obvious discipline perhaps, but a lot of his work is to do with the embodied energy of products and, he says, 'I find it very useful. I can understand industrial processes and thermodynamics, so I can tell if I am having the wool pulled ...
Some things work out for the bestSubscription
The debacle of the Code of ConductSubscription
My first column this year criticised the arb's new Code of Conduct. In particular, I challenged Standard 11 (the 'whistle-blowers' clause'), suggesting this was an obstruction to normal justice as experts representing fellow architects in litigation owe a duty of confidentiality which would be threatened. I also argued that staff and partners would be dissuaded from the open reporting of mistakes to their colleagues for fear of being carted off late at night to the gulag; and I argued ...
London Calling: CHRIS BRYAN, CIRCUSSubscription