Senior Architect: wide-ranging design and technical experience of high quality residential, hospitality, and conservation sectors.
Detailed knowledge of modern methods of construction and sustainability criteria.
Key skills: balancing design intent with cost, application of diagrammatic tools, conveying ideas imaginatively, resolving
architectural and construction problems, intelligible application of Cad and, document control and referencing procedures.
Gonville + Caius College
1982 – 1990
Diploma in Architecture: commendation
(Dalibor Veseley, Peter Carl, Phil Meadowcroft, Carolyn Steele)
BA (Hons): Class 2 Division I
(Colin St John Wilson, Joseph Rykwert, Robin Spence, Nick Bullock, Peter Sparks, Nicholas Ray, Peter Carl, Mohsen Mostafavi,
Frosso Pimenides, John Olley, Eric Parry)
Well said Meg. Endurance Land investors include whitbread (kentish town fiasco) and AdamID after Adam Smith, proud to be rich, and Scottish widows, presumably spending some of the cash that fell out of a pension pot.
So Paul, despite the fact that you do your architectural intelligence an injustice by simply posing a portrait of ‘clean’ and ‘crisp’ (those flesh-crawling adjectives used by Bartlett types) air-conditioned facades stretching monotonously an entire urban block, are you a bit clearer now about why people object to urban rape, greed and social cleansing by aggressive land banks and their architect dinner guests ? you might pop in the archway premier inn for night or two - call it research.
Comment on: dRMM’s Camden tower gets go-ahead
the locals think it is not quality architecture - one can't help agree - but what would they know ? read here
“to make more effective use of public land to help solve the ‘housing crisis’ by creating additional homes and widening access to home ownership”
the modus operandi is then to sell public land for private development, simultaneously shifting the ‘social’ dimensions elsewhere. how is that balancing the community ? nice little earner me old m8.
owen hatherley writes caustically on this
also recognise the scramble in town halls to sell as much silver before Jeremy Corbyn takes power, which he will of course, as sure as brexit means brexit.
the repellant assumption that home ownership is a universal aspiration belies the corporate greed and social injustice behind it, enshrined by the errant shirley porter, and the deceitful blair creature, who reneged on the promise to return capital receipts from right-to-buy for council (not housing association) house building in 1997. 1997 also saw the final demise of sitting tenants rights, so that now everyone renting is at the mercy of the draconian 28 notice to quit - what kind of a society is that you advocate ? a thatcher one of course, and Ben you clearly relish her baton passing to you and the clean, beautiful, ‘designer’ people working with you.
Of course you are mere pawns in market forces as Jeremy Till has written, drawing largely from Zygmunt Bauman, helplessly a-moral instruments. Our hearts bleed as we need only listen to Ken Loach on the reasons for the housing supply ’crisis’, let alone the ‘demand’ crisis, a global phenomenon. But hear this, from the people who feel insulted, disenfranchised and robbed by your metropolitan elite cohorts in Camden
“more (architectural) crap in exchange for investment”
thank you Paul for your courage and honesty. may we also be reminded that PFI was a result of EU policy on % GDP for public spending, and that the withdrawal of RIBA recommended fee scales a result of EU anti-competitive rules?
Make seem to have over 100 employees, so a 10% temporary staff pay cut (perhaps even less among the directors) would have averted the redundancies. In 2008 many practices preferred to offer that option to staff to avoid the trauma (and disgrace) of 'letting people go', that obnoxious euphemism. The industry has a hire-and-fire culture unthinkable (and in many countries impossible) elsewhere in europe. It extols the free movement of labour, while treating that human resource as little more then live-stock it can 'shed'.