Comment on: ABK co-founder Richard Burton dies
Richard was a giant of a man, open, kind, generous yet determined
I remember those early days on PFI hospital designs, Richards most valuable shared insight to all on how best to engage a contractor and their accountants into the value of light + space + air quality healing qualities in visionary hospital design
Richard is another great Architect who makes engineering a worthy and valued profession
Our thoughts are with his family and great practice
Christopher et al
Comment on: Eric Kuhne dies aged 64
For those who were lucky enough to work with Eric, this is a sad day; for those unlucky enough not to have met Eric, you have been robbed of an incredible experience.
Our profession is a journey of continuous stories of inspirational experiences.
Our collaboration with Eric marks the first chapter of our practice's history, when we first set up at the time of the RIO 92 conference.
He was my heroic and skilful ringmaster when we worked together on the Bluewater Shopping Centre.
As a ringmaster, he introduced our various new sustainable engineering proposals to the Lend Lease Board, and guided them through the joy of environmental engineering experiences and directing their attention to the various unbelievable global opportunities for money makers.
In as much as engineering is applied science, architecture is applied engineering; and the value of applied scientific discovery may become the success of art and science in architectural experiences.
In this cycle of creativity in search of the unbelievable discovery, Eric was an integral part of the architectural engineering and science cycle, as well as the muscle turning the wheel of chance, drawing out the exceptional values of his team in his dramatic fashion.
With declarations of the "inspirational", "amazing", "spectacular", "unbelievable" . "irresistible" and similar expressions of a ringmaster, will remain in my memories forever.
At a time of uncertainties, the loss of his inspirational leadership for a better world is a devastating loss for the joy of architecture
Chris McCarthy -
Comment on: Obituary: James Gowan (1923 – 2015)
James was a testing architect and thought provoking mentor for student architect who have progressed to do inspiring work world wide at the royal college
a special period in my life as fellow tutor and Engineering lecturer at the rca with memories of James of his sharp wit and repeated reawakening
Comment on: Make sets up home in a car park
I find it a bit disconcerting that their employee's only connection to the outside appears to be a small courtyard with a few plants dotted around. Quite ironic considering that the profession is heavily promoting well-being as a part of architectural design.