As a Trustee of the Architects Benevolent Society, I am grateful to the Architects Journal for promoting this event and for the collaboration of the RIBA and the other professional bodies which represent architectural assistants, technologists and landscape architects in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. For more information about how the charity supports the profession and their dependents - do look at the website www.absnet.org.uk
The new building is nearing completion and looks wonderful from Pusey Street. The effect of the smooth stone on the chamfered window surrounds sailing over the rough stone wall is stunning. A great addition to the Oxford streetscape.
Comment on: Charles Knevitt dies aged 63
Sorry Charles has gone - will miss his good humour and enthusiasm.
Are there really so few women architects in the UK?
I can't help feeling a bit sad and disappointed for my fellow British women that the Architectural Journal is raising the profile of American, Mexican, Japanese, Finnish, Italian, German and Chinese women architects and not focusing on home grown talent.
I wonder whether the decision to make the women in architecture award 'global' is to do with the global ambitions of the AJ and AR publishers EMAP? Or their sponsors and advertisers? Is access to the awards ceremony the reason why large practices sponsor the 'AJ Women in Architecture campaign' ? Do they prefer a global view?
Certainly what started out as a celebration of UK women architects getting together in London seems to have become a private party. I can find no information about buying tickets to the awards ceremony as in previous years.
Either way, as a British woman architect I am left feeling marginalised and isolated.
Excellent comments. I would also recommend Steven Hodder's RIBA publication The Client & Architect.
‘Clients believe that architects who listen properly are rare’ RIBA Client & Architect report
‘Invest in understanding clients’ world views, speak their language, pre-empt problems and optimise designs to meet their key drivers’ RIBA Client & Architect report
‘Architects need to be business analysts – you need to understand how the client’s business works’ Andrew Bugg Knight Frank
‘Successful outcomes cannot be delivered by an individual. Successful buildings … have been with the collaboration of many people including an engaged client.’ Stephen Hodder
‘Being good with people smooths project stresses and forges lasting business relationships’ RIBA Client & Architect report
‘Architects need to be business savvy, demonstrating an awareness of how to deliver value’ RIBA Client & Architect report