And not forgetting Keith Williams of Malowe Theatre Canterbury, Wexford Opera House and Unicorn Theatre fame. Or Ian Richie...
Of course this list isn't definitive - I'm sure RHWL [especiallly now with the Aedas powerhouse behind them], Foster + Partners and Dixon Jones would be in with a shout...
Comment on: AJ Writing Prize: Call for Entries
The brief is more about the sensual experience of being in a building - how the spaces that architects create make us feel - we wanted to get away from critiques of buildings from a purely aesthetic point of view.
*Response about the procurement process from Glasgow City Council’s lead architect Kerr Robertson: "The design service for the New Wing at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall is being led, and largely delivered, by an in-house design team as governed by the Teckal Procurement Process. Where projects related to council owned property (particularly with that council is also a major joint funder) in-house services may be used without any need to appoint external consultants. There are of course strict procedures that apply under Teckal, and Local Authorities must demonstrate that they have sufficient and capable in-house resources and that this offers best value. In the case of Glasgow Royal Concert Hall the Council does have particularly good in-house expertise in delivering a wide range of significant capital projects of this type, value and complexity. Indeed, the same team here successfully completed a similar project for GCC in partnership with the BBC SSO at Glasgow City Halls – a project which has been received much acclaim in terms of value for money, quality of accommodation and acoustics. The proposal here will see the in-house team provide Architectural, Quantity Surveying, Project Management, CDM and Inspectorate services. Due to other project commitments this was augmented with the appointment of external consultants for other disciplines such as Structural, Civil, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, as well as Acousticians/Venue Engineering. Procurement of these external consultants was made under the GCC Construction Consultant Framework. This Framework, which has been running for 3 years, was put in place for this specific purpose and subject to close scrutiny under Scottish Government and EU procurement rules."
Comment on: The Diary of an Anonymous Architect #1
News editor's note: The anonymous architect has contacted me to say that they did 'charge a fee for the time spent'. And they were paid.