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Welcome to the new-look AJ

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It’s a new year and a fresh new look for the AJ, says Rory Olcayto

Happy New Year and welcome back to your new-look AJ. The magazine has been redesigned for three simple reasons: 1) to reflect the broader dialogue we have with you through our website and social media, 2) to help you get the most out of your subscription, including additional content online and 3) to help you thrive at work, whether you run a firm or are a practice employee.

It’s pretty straightforward: we’ve organised the content into four easy-to-navigate sections: News, Buildings, Business and Culture, each bolstered by typically strong opinion from our regular columnists.  The sections open with a ‘home page’, which directs you to extra stuff on the AJ website, in the AJ Buildings Library or in your weekly iPad edition.

We’ve also revamped our letters section to reflect the broader dialogue we have with you on a daily basis, so LinkedIn comments, tweets, emails and online comments are published alongside traditional letters (we still get some!).  You’ll notice, too, that news stories have been augmented with your comments, selected from social media platforms (like Twitter) and the AJ’s website.

The other big change is the typeface: Franklin Gothic for headlines (designed in 1902 by Morris Fuller Benton) and Monotype Grotesque for text, designed by Frank Hinman Pierpont, and which debuted in 1926. Culture has retained Caslon (designed by William Caslon in 1722) for text.

We welcome your feedback, on Twitter, LinkedIn, email, online comment or plain old letter in whatever font you like.

New Year Honours

What a great start to 2015: New Year Honours have been awarded to three architects, two of whom are women. Katherine Heron, head of University of Westminster architecture school since 1997, was made an MBE, as was Ann-Marie Smale, a partner at Cardiff-based Powell Dobson architects and chair of Construction Industry Council – Wales.

Classical architecture

The other architect, a man this time, is Classicist Quinlan Terry, who has been made a CBE.  Terry’s on a roll: last month the 77-year-old joined a new government panel set up to ensure UK homes are built to better design standards. And now gong from the Queen. I wonder: does Her Majesty know Terry was fined £25,000 in 2007 by the City of  Westminster Magistrates’ Court for demolishing two listed buildings in Regent’s Park – by John Nash, no less – owned by the Crown Estate?

rory.olcayto@emap.com Twitter: @roryolcayto

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