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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: Boost for efforts to protect listed Lasdun block at University of East Anglia

    MacKenzie Architects's comment 5 June, 2019 8:36 am

    Denys Lasdun was a really great Architect.
    Well overdue for re-discovery.

  • Comment on: Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands reveals Thames Barrier bridge plans

    MacKenzie Architects's comment 4 June, 2019 1:08 pm

    I flew into Southend Airport yesterday for the first time.
    Very nice experience too, and a seat on a mostly-empty train in and out of London. Much more civilised way of travelling than any of the 4 main airports around the capital who are desperate for more runways and more passengers.

    Anyway, the point is-
    If the Thames Barrier is going to be swamped with rising sea levels (which won't happen) the entire Essex coast from Harwich southwards is going to be inundated and no matter what monstrous barrier plan is created, central London around the Thames will be lost.

    Maybe they should have a two-way tilt on this design, and bend it downwards when there is a flood warning .......

  • Comment on: University fees shake-up would make things worse, say architecture students

    MacKenzie Architects's comment 31 May, 2019 8:54 am

    I think that you won't get that particular genie back in the bottle.
    Typical Govt misguided thinking. Allow the universities and colleges to become profit centres, with the collegiate real estate boom, then tell them the goalposts are to move.

    You can bet your bottom dollar that the amount of student resi. getting built is relyiant on continued big student numbers with big healthy student loans (or foreign students)

  • Comment on: Japan’s biggest housebuilder invests £22m in Urban Splash’s modular arm

    MacKenzie Architects's comment 15 May, 2019 10:01 am

    Absolutely right on supporting smaller builders -that's what the Homes England's cashflow funding was supposed to be doing.

    If they aren't manufacturing in UK, why do they get internal funding. We need UK-owned businesses to grow -and then sell abroad.
    Sounds like typical government easily-seduced by foreign marketing. We've had that for decades, then they disappear when the taxation or interest rates change against them.

  • Comment on: Adjaye and Arad’s ‘eleventh-hour’ holocaust memorial redesign fails to silence critics

    MacKenzie Architects's comment 1 May, 2019 10:11 am

    I suspect that this is the future for all such public-domain commissions, public, charitable and private. The great and good decide something should be built, prepare a lazy brief for probably the wrong site; don't check out key stakeholders, desert the winning design, and then vacate the debating area to the doubters and self-important.

    It might be a good idea to reduce a tonne of funding to a lot of Quangos, so they stick to their fundamental terms of reference.

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