Angela Brady's comments
Congratulations good to see you in this new position which needs your experience to make the necessary changes
Students - we are thinking about you in these extraordinary times. This situation will pass and things will get better. Do lots of hand drawing and sketches for your portfolios it's good to build that up. ARB and RIBA as Walter mentions about, need to be very flexible and accept new ways of working assessing work. We are living in different times and must encourage you wonderful students. Do joint reviews on zoom with lots of your colleagues to encourage each other. Make sure all you students are in contact with each other as mental health issues are exacerbated in isolation. A friendly face or call on social media helps. Suggest new ways of working to your tutors and universities. Ask our profession for help with your reviews on line. You can postpone your end of year shows to suit yourselves and the times we are in - so if they are at Xmas then they will be celebrated well then.
Keep up your enthusiasm for our great profession- you are all needed more than ever and with our laterial thinking and creative minds we can put them to good use now. Good luck with your projects.
So pleased this #DymanicDuo have been honoured with the #RoyalGoldMedal which they absolutely deserve for their body of great work and they are an inspiration to architects and students alike worldwide
Angela Brady OBE PPRIBA
There seems to be a problem with the lack of architects and architecture on TV but when we do get there it is a good thing. As an architect I have been part of three primetime TV shows over the past ten years. The main reason I do it is to break down the barriers between architects and the public and make architecture and design more accessible and fun - without dumbing it down. People have a short attention span watching TV, but some architects have great communication skills and know how to speak in simple terms to engage and inform the public on good design.
We have had fantastic feedback particularly from our recent TV show “Designing Ireland” which is a 4 part TV documentary that Dr Sandra O Connell and I both wrote and presented for RTE, made by Newgrange Pictures, based on our ideas and format. It was broadcast on RTE several times over past 3 years and in Australia and New Zealand with a great response, giving a better understanding of Irish Architecture and design. We have been trying to get it on air in UK, but they are not interested - which is surprising. (@DesignEire)
A few years ago I worked on "The Home Show" with George Clarke making a 6 part series and I was the architect seeking out international design style in Copenhagen, Marrakech, Venice, Paris, Bavaria and Palma. It was a popular TV series and fun to research and present.
I also made the ITV x 62 part "Building the Dream" where at BMA we designed an eco home in Somerset, to be built in 14 weeks with 14 couples as the contestants. The last couple - not voted off - won the 500K home - the largest prize in TV at the time. This was a big risk for me working on a reality TV show as you never know how its going to work out. Luckily it went very well and was shown internationally for years. (https://bradymallalieu.com/project/whitam-friary/)
TV is a great media for getting our message across about quality design in architecture interiors and urban design. I would like to see more public debates on architecture so we can listen to peoples views and also give people a better understanding on how we work, how we design and how they can help the process and be involved in their own neighbourhood town or city.
There is a real opportunity for more architects on TV particularly in environmental awareness. We are working on this - but these days when TV channels are short of funding - we need to bring a sponsor with us to get it made.
Angela Brady OBE PPRIBA bradymallalieu.com
Happy International Womens Day
Thanks to all the women + men in architecture making our world better
I think to exclude the RIBA as a core contributor to this important inquiry is a mistake by the selection team. The RIBA and its team of specialist architects could make a very valid part of the team and draw on a wealth of experience and knowledge as building and design experts. architects are the only members of the design team who have a full understanding of the whole building process and specification details. Why would they not be included? Why is there no architect as one of the 3 key assessors? Maybe they don't realise the value we architects bring and are out of touch, or don't want to engage a full team of experts! The result would be a lot quicker and more professional if they did. It's not too late to have RIBA included?
Why the very Short TfL architects lists?
With so many homes to build the TfL procurement result of Lot 4 (housing) is that only 10 architects firms got onto the approved list from 204 applicants to build 10,000 homes across 254 sites on 5,700 acres?
Why only 10? It could have been 30 or 40.
and Lot 5 (commercial, health education etc..) 10 architects firms got onto this list from 185 applications.
Why only 10 on this list with so much potential TfL work across London? Surely this work could be better spread across many more architects firms. Even to get onto these TfL panels can help practices get work in other Boroughs as many share lists. They need to be expanded.
I think the approved lists should be transparent and published to showcase the range of practices selected, in particular the SME and small companies.
I think TfL should hold several open design competitions for specific sites to bring out the best designs and open up opportunities for more architects to work with one of largest developer clients in London in the coming years.
TfL ref: Lot 4 Architecture Design and Urbanism Panel 2 (ADUP 2)
Lot 5 - Architecture, Commercial, Workspace, Health, Education and Civic Buildings
Well said Russell The smaller practices have a lot of skills and add value
Why don't UK follow Ireland on this as they have had a State Architect for many years who is knowledgeable and is appreciated and advises on matters that might otherwise be misunderstood. Architects have a valuable role to play in politics
He advises on Government project, gives speeches in public and is recognises for his role on advising on architectural matters that affect all of us
Britain needs a state architect plus town and city architects too. All local authorities need in house architects to advise their planners and the public on matters of architectural design and public realm
The FARRELL REVIEWS recommendation should be taken up on employing a State Architect they are needed.
Further detail on current Irish State architect Cieran O Conner
Claire Bennie has been a fantastic person to work with and a role model for women in our industry. Peabody Trust are an inspiring client and we are sure will miss Claire's talent. However there are other sides to working directly in development and the radio play sounds fascinating.