Rory is an award winning journalist and critic. He is a frequent contributor to newspaper, radio and television features with an architectural focus and regularly speaks at a number of industry events.
Before entering the field of journalism, Rory studied architecture at the University of Strathclyde, worked in practice in Glasgow, Liege and Istanbul, and as a designer in the videogames industry.
Rory has been a RIBA Awards judge, has served on the jury of the British Construction Industry Awards since 2009, ran a first-year design studio for two years and is a guest critic at a number of UK and Irish universities.
Rory was shortlisted for IBP Architecture writer of the year three years in a row, winning in 2011 and 2013. In 2010, he also won IBP’s Feature writer of the year and in 2013 was shortlisted for PPA Writer of the year.
- E-mail: Rory.Olcayto@emap.com
Architecture Tomorrow doesn’t predict the future of the built environment, it is the future of the built environment, says Rory Olcayto
What makes the Small Project crits so special? Maybe it’s the high standard of work on show, says Rory Olcayto
The interface between digital and real is where the most exciting design opportunities are happening, says Rory Olcayto
A week in the south of France sounds like a jolly, but for Rory Olcayto and Richard Waite MIPIM is all about industry trends. Here’s what you need to know from Europe’s largest property fair
Whether you can measure the benefits or not, well-designed schools are simple common sense, says Rory Olcayto
Google’s exciting choice of designers for its HQ shows how architecture is being used to woo talent, says Rory Olcayto
The challenge: For this intensive one day exercise, a group of experts were split into teams to think about how they would arrive at City Airport, Manchester
For all that they fondly recall starting out in garages and student dorms, Google, Apple and Facebook are global super-clients on an imperial scale. What do their design choices say about tech firms?, asks Rory Olcayto
It may be cold and dangerous, but it’s also rich with ever-more accessible natural resources, says Rory Olcayto
With Ellis Woodman at the helm, the Architecture Foundation can be a truly independent voice for London, says Rory Olcayto
- Small Projects 2015 shortlist revealed: £0 - £125k
- Yet another skirmish in the architectural Style Wars
- The Price of Desire
- Universities don't exist to create oven-ready students
- Architecture an Inspiration
- Discrimination starts in the studio
- Review: Here by Richard McGuire
- The AJ is taking a long, hard look at the state of British house-building
- Welcome to the new-look AJ
- Stormen concert hall and library, Bodø by DRDH