Comment on: Spratley wins planning for Lambeth infill
It is very pleasing to see emerging practies, not always resident in London, being engaged by established developers such as Dorrington. Well done Spratley Studios. It will not only be a welcome edition, albeit small, to the area's housing stock but also is a harbinger of Spring when, surely, the built environment will gather pace again.
I attended last night's presentation and met & conversed with quite a number of young, energetic, articulate architects representing what I firmly believe are the next generation of cutting-edge practices. It was, therefore, both alarming & disappointing to see such a ill-considered, temporary structure gaining this financially miniscule but noteworthy prize. Particularly as this project was completely surrounded by thoughtful, engaging well-executed work. Royston Kent MSc
Comment on: 2011: New practice predictions
I have worked alongside a number of new practices in the past three years, encouraging them to punch above their weight and always to ensure they are engaged for an appropriate fee. With reference to winning new projects learning to listen is vital to long-term success. That way a new practice can rapidly gain a reputation for design solutions that meet the brief and exceed the client's expectations. The other thing that I attempt to get across to client architects is that they should always communicate the benefits of the features that have been incorporated in their design. 'The proposed fair-faced concrete walls and the polished concrete floors are not just aesthetically pleasing; they also contribute thermal mass, which means that the energy requirement will be less'.