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MacKenzie Architects

MacKenzie Architects

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Degree & Diploma @ Mac
Got job at RRP
Started own practice
Bought 2 cad workstations 1987 so we could stay small
trained all our own staff whenever possible
Started second company to provide specialist support to Architects and Contractors on over-complicated designs
Started third company for modular design and manufacture
Working UK, Europe, Middle East, Far East at various times
Try and only work with clients we know, like, and trust.
Despair at lack of leadership from RIBA
Don't know what ARB does (are they even called that these days?)

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  • Comment on: Big names line up to defend timber buildings against proposed fire-safety 'ban'

    MacKenzie Architects's comment 20 April, 2020 11:50 am

    They should also be making sure the building warranty market supports the continued use of timber.
    In my experience, they are nowhere near up to date on MMC in general, and in any particular system or product. They will sink you below the waterline if you don't keep on top of them.

  • Comment on: VAT chance: Can tax reforms spur a retrofit renaissance?

    MacKenzie Architects's comment 17 January, 2020 10:51 am

    For every rich guy, there are probably 5,000 poor guys.
    I don't think we should worry over-much about VAT on someone's private basement cinema, if the rest of us can save 20% on our little home improvements.

    Keep it simple, there should be absolutely NO tax burden on the basics of life. Food, clothes, home. Governments of all colours raise enough taxes on everything else. The point is they waste most of it -maybe almost all of it.

  • Comment on: Architects react to Tory landslide election victory: ‘Our country is left in tatters’

    MacKenzie Architects's comment 13 December, 2019 10:06 am

    The people were asked, and two-thirds of them bothered to answer.
    You can argue all you want about the voting system -and also the calibre of the candidates, but their vote is more important than yours or mine. So the result is a fact of life.

    Who knows whether Boris will go for a WTO arrangement, or death by a thousand cuts in a fudged deal with Brussels, but either way, you have industrial, commercial, public and private clients and users who are looking to you lot to give them the best solutions to their challenges.

    I am surprised at how hysterical some people are reacting, they should perhaps use their imaginations on their design work.

  • Comment on: HAT Projects’ Pocket Living scheme loses appeal over ‘unacceptable’ tenure mix

    MacKenzie Architects's comment 3 December, 2019 12:12 pm

    Written-in-stone policies sound like they aren't flexible enough.

    There are an awful of of people in London who need a 1-Bed Flat with no gardens, don't demand parking, and probably make noise at night when kids are asleep. I don' think they mix particularly well with family requirements on a hundred levels.
    For a 44-Apt development, you would think there was a case for some sites in Haringey to be entirely first-time buyer 1-Beds ...... just as there must be plenty of other sites that would suit family homes better.

  • Comment on: Climate crisis: should architects still be designing airports?

    MacKenzie Architects's comment 27 November, 2019 11:30 am

    There is no climate crisis, there is nothing happening just now that hasn't happened a thousand times in the past, long before our time.
    Send every climate scientist off to do a 1-day geology course and then ask them again if CO2 at 400ppmv is a big deal, or sea levels are a big deal, or greening the Sahara to feed a couple of billion people is a big deal.

    Life on this planet only evolved because of the cracked shell, the tilt of the earth, the position in the Milky Way and our elliptical orbit. From the amount of oxygen in the air, to the salinity of the sea, every single tiny creature had to adapt to change or go extinct. We are no different. We've got skeletons, eyes, brains, stomachs only because our family tree replicated with enough flaws for some of them to be fat enough, hairy enough, mobile enough or smart enough to cope with the next phase of climatic change.
    Even the amoeba figured that out.

    Perhaps if we focused on saving the rainforest, and planting a billion trees, they would take up the CO2 that 'architects' are worried about.
    Perhaps if we also focused on true pollution and plastic, we would make some progress.
    Perhaps if we focused on true sustainable energy, and low-impact design, we would make the world a better place.
    Building electric cars running off the power grid is just infantile, building huge steel windfarms which can only operate with massive subsidies, is no better.
    If 50% of the UK population stopped flying, you wouldn't need the airports, so maybe start there. Don't buy this week's iph*ne with all it's rare-earth metals, and don't replace your kitchen furniture every 5 years.
    Perhaps design buildings with less concrete, less steel, less heating and cooling.

    That doesn't need anyone out on the streets with banners -and might use some of our more objective creativity. Focus on that.

    If you want a real climate crisis, wait 'til the poles switch around 2042, they've already started a serious wobble.

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