It’s been a turbulent 2016 and who knows what the next 12 months will bring, but we will do our best to assist and champion our readers, says Christine Murray
How much we took for granted at the dawn of 2016, with no inkling of what we stood to lose: Zaha Hadid, David Bowie and Leonard Cohen, the UK’s membership of the European Union and a dignified American president.
It would be a fool’s game to attempt predictions for 2017. Instead, here are some New Year’s Resolutions for how the AJ will serve the profession over the coming year.
Brexit was our biggest story of 2016 – and it’s not even happened yet. Next year, the AJ will poll the profession on what agreements they would like to see enshrined in the Brexit negotiations – from guaranteeing the status of EU citizens working in practice, to the EU-wide acceptance of professional qualifications – so we can lobby the government on behalf of architecture PLC.
We will highlight how education needs to change to support students, while celebrating their work
The AJ’s multi-award-winning investigative journalism has characterised our coverage this year, exposing unfair procurement on the Garden Bridge. In 2017, we want to focus on dubious practice in the housing sector and hold those in power to account to make the profession a fairer place to work.
We’ll reveal the results of the AJ fee survey (you can still contribute by clicking here) as part of our campaign against undercutting and cut-throat fees – a worsening problem that threatens to starve out talented up-and-coming and design-led practices.
The AJ will continue to champion equality in the profession through exclusive stories on issues facing the LGBT community, black, Asian and ethnic minority architects and women in architecture, because we believe a sustainable profession is a diverse one.
Climate change is firmly on the agenda, with the government set to lay out its plan in January for how it will meet tough new carbon targets. This is sure to include changes affecting the built environment, and the AJ will be there to explain the impact this will have on your practice.
After the AJ’s shocking revelations about the student mental health crisis, we will highlight how education needs to change to support students, while celebrating their work in our bumper student summer issue.
We promise to bring you the competitive intelligence you need to win planning, design better buildings, and grow your practice through the AJ’s daily breaking news coverage, complemented by the fortnightly rhythm of the print edition, publishing 24 issues of AJ and 10 issues of AJ Specification in 2017.
Despite the ups and downs of a turbulent year, it has been my honour to serve as your editor. Thanks to subscribers for your support, and all the best to you and yours for a peaceful and prosperous new year.