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Alan Dunlop's comments

  • Sketchbook: Catherine Hennessy

    Alan Dunlop's comment 19 June, 2020 9:07 am

    These sketches are great and perfect examples of what what a sketchbook journal should be. "I’ll draw in my journal so now I can look back over 23 years of life." Absolutely.

  • Sketchbook: Adam Clark

    Alan Dunlop's comment 4 June, 2020 10:44 am

    The coffee pot, cup and glasses too Gavin, it's art. The simplest hand drawing, well observed and crafted....... better than any pumped up, photo realistic computer generated image.

  • Sketchbook: Adam Clark

    Alan Dunlop's comment 4 June, 2020 7:27 am

    Ha! These are great. Particularly studio interior. Wonderfully observed.

  • Elections 2020: How will a new president change the RIAS?

    Alan Dunlop's comment 2 June, 2020 2:42 pm

    You'd be wrong to think this is all about the past and I'm certainly not frustrated. I wish the candidates well. But enough from me, for the moment anyway.

  • Elections 2020: How will a new president change the RIAS?

    Alan Dunlop's comment 2 June, 2020 12:45 pm

    Your hert may well have lept oot yer chest, although what on earth that has tae dae wi the price a fish, a've nae idea.

    As you well know, the incentive for the police to pursue referrals must meet higher levels of what would be considered as in the "public interest". However, it is certainly in my interest as an architect in Scotland and fellow of the incorporation of long standing for the incorporation to come clean.

    It may well take time to reform an organisation, such as the RIAS, but start with that and we'll see how things go.

    Nae apologies either as this comment was from Alan Dunlop's account

  • Elections 2020: How will a new president change the RIAS?

    Alan Dunlop's comment 2 June, 2020 11:42 am

    Although Rab, Robert , not gutless wonders for it does look like the days of the gentleman’s club are at last over the incorporation has still, in my view, to come clean about the resignation of the previous secretary and investigated.

    Information regarding financial accountability and past governance is still to addressed and be made accessible and available to all the members who are involved in the RIAS and who, like me, pay substantial subscription fees and any criticism not passed off, as it was, as “fake news” https://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/news/astragal-rias-criticisms-are-fake-news-claims-president/10027298.article

    It is a positive move that elections for RIAS President and Council are now open to all RIAS members but the incorporation now needs significant restructuring, until that happens the new president, however worthy will still be re organising deck chairs.

    Looking at other similar, more effective organisations that represent professionals, operating structures and governance have moved away from what is still an old RIAS model to clearly separate the senior members representative from and executive.

    The RIAS should be run like other similar organisations such as the BMA (British Medical Association), the ICAS (Institute of Chartered Accountants in Scotland) or the IET (Institute of Engineering and Technology) in that it should have a Chief Executive and a properly functioning board drawn from qualified trustees, which are elected by the various local chapters.

    The president would act as a chair of the new board and that’s the way it should move forward.

  • Elections 2020: How will a new president change the RIAS?

    Alan Dunlop's comment 2 June, 2020 11:10 am

    Rab, surprised, really?

    Perhaps you could outline briefly any change, driven by the RIAS that has had any effect whatsoever on the work, perception and real worth of the many architects, students struggling at present and architecture in Scotland.

    Moreover, in the last two/ three years there have been major architecture, education, building procurement and fee related issues and stories here, including hospital procurement, failings in new hospital building, Non Profit Distribution, school building collapses, student numbers and fees, Glasgow School of Art, The Burrell, the Royal High School, St Peters, Glasgow Winter Gardens and many more yet we have not heard a peep from the RIAS regarding any of them, they have been missing in action because their opinions on matters architectural, practice, contractual, education, student hardship, does not register beyond the walls of Rutland Square. I suspect for fear of upsetting the government and the vested interests of those in the incorporation.

    I'd be grateful if you would let me know otherwise

    RIAS is still housed in a building that is not fit for purpose and is inaccessible for people in wheelchairs and with other special needs.

  • Graeme Nicholls reveals proposal for O-shaped Glasgow housing scheme

    Alan Dunlop's comment 28 May, 2020 9:22 am

    "We men wi big windeas" of course. Sorry for the lazy typo: big banana fingers; small android keyboard.

  • Graeme Nicholls reveals proposal for O-shaped Glasgow housing scheme

    Alan Dunlop's comment 28 May, 2020 9:16 am

    That's true Robert it would be good to see a floor plan. But what is a tenement other than repetition of street front elevation and form? Jack Coia's definition of Glasgow as wee men wi big widindows no longer applies floor to ceiling heights have reduced and I would imagine parking numbers for this area is set in planning regulations. I'm sure the architect would have non within the inner space if possible.

  • Graeme Nicholls reveals proposal for O-shaped Glasgow housing scheme

    Alan Dunlop's comment 23 May, 2020 12:34 pm

    Daft thing to say Hamish, don't you think, without explaining why? It would be like me saying for Alexander Kirkland it would be a labour of love. Alexandra Road and the Dunboyne Estae would be as incongruous in Govan and on this site as this would be in Campden. Seems to me there are shared and compatible ideas, in this case a modern version of Glasgow's traditional housing stock, urbanism and context. But I'm no Neave Brown expert, but you obviously are.

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