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Sean Walsh

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  • Comment on: The RIBA desperately needs a credible figurehead

    Sean Walsh's comment 19 May, 2020 5:39 pm

    Rather than being the "socially acceptable" rule for affairs, the "half age plus seven" is actually used as a guide for men to imagine the ideal age for their female partner......it's not clear if women generally agree with this rule.

    Picking up on the idea of re-purposing Portland Place as playboy mansion for members, there should be no reason why the building couldn't be fully inclusive by having a range of amenities to suit the proclivities of all sexes, sexual leanings, races and ages.

  • Comment on: The RIBA desperately needs a credible figurehead

    Sean Walsh's comment 19 May, 2020 1:15 pm

    Catherine Slessor mentions that the woman Alan Jones is alleged to have had an affair with was 15 years his junior. Does the age of the woman matter any more than her ethnicity? Would if be more acceptable to all if she was more or less the same age as Alan Jones himself?

    As Slessor herself says with regard to affairs: "Everyone does it". (Do they really?). It would seem to be a form of ageism if an age difference of 15 years were to be considered unacceptable but having the same age not so. What is the age-difference cut-off point for having an "acceptable" affair? 10 years? 5 years??

    If 15 years were to be considered an "unacceptable" age difference for a practice leader to have had an affair with an office junior (possibly later leading to marriage), one wonders how many architectural practices might not meet such a criteria of acceptability.

  • Comment on: The RIBA desperately needs a credible figurehead

    Sean Walsh's comment 19 May, 2020 10:19 am

    The qualities RIBA need for their President probably aren't very different from those that English football fans hope for from the England team manager:

    - a champion of the profession
    - a deep knowledge of professionals
    - a strategic thinker
    - good leadership qualities
    - a good communicator
    - scandal free.

    RIBA probably wouldn't mind if he/she wore a waistcoat.

  • Comment on: The RIBA President is no Wolf of Wall Street

    Sean Walsh's comment 14 May, 2020 7:51 pm

    Maybe the AJ should offer RECENTLYQUALIFIED an anonymous column?

  • Comment on: dRMM hits back at ‘perceived hypocrisy’ in row over Silvertown Tunnel job

    Sean Walsh's comment 11 May, 2020 9:52 am

    The phrase "the practice had taken the decision to be involved in order to try to make the project more sustainable" could be used to justify working on any project, including coal power stations if it came to it.

    That said, the new Silvertown Tunnel could be argued to be a good solution in that it will reduce pollution creating bottlenecks in the Blackwall Tunnel and will allow better bus links across the river.

    All architects and consultants need to think carefully before they proclaim a strong stance against selected perceived "unsustainable" projects. They will find that virtually any building project could be argued to be "unsustainable" in that they will involve carbon emissions and pollution.

    Are architects prepared to accept less work as a price to pay for stopping new infrastructure projects?

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