Friday06 March 2015


Gillian Darley

The inestimable value of a good client

Gillian Darley mourns the widening chasm between architect and client and charts the history of a critical relationship

Andrew Barraclough

How can architects make contractors deliver their vision?

Now at Wates, Andrew Barraclough spent 19 years at HOK. Here, he advises on how the two disciplines can work together on BIM

Amanda Baillieu

Is selling the industry to the public a good idea?

Amanda Baillieu says a new advertising campaign by the AIA might not be the right thing

Eleanor Jolliffe, BD's student columnist

My education has been pretty useful, actually

Our student columnist Eleanor Jolliffe takes issue with some of the RIBA’s recent findings

Hank Dittmar

Can architecture reclaim the lost territory of the good ordinary?

Hank Dittmar says the profession needs to get better at the mundane

Some of the many new tower blocks in Ulan Bator, Mongolia

Setting up an office in Mongolia

In her final dispatch from Ulan Bator, Tanja Smith is ready for her next challenge – heading up Gradon Architecture’s new Mongolian office


How buildings sit in their landscape

Gillian Darley on using surroundings to frame architecture

Amanda Baillieu

Architecture is the loser if we censor history

Monographs contribute to the marginalisation of the profession, argues Amanda Baillieu

MEA House Newcastle by Ryder & Yates

Why even listing can't preserve the dynamism of our working lives

Architecture Foundation chair Simon Allford, whose Angel Building was shortlisted for the Stirling Prize, hails English Heritage’s office listing bonanza

St James’s House, Frederick Street, Birmingham, John Madin, 1954-7

'Listing buildings is not like stamp collecting - you can't have one by every architect'

As 14 post-war office buildings are listed, experts give their verdicts

James Maddock

Space: The final frontier

Our understanding of the kinds of workspaces employees require is changing and this will result in offices that are more flexible and responsive to the varied needs of their occupiers, says DTZ’s James Maddock

Hank Dittmar

Style wars are irrelevant when architecture is reduced to floor-plate cladding

Architects should stop bashing each other and concentrate on the real enemy, says Hank Dittmar

BD student columnist Eleanor Jolliffe

Fear and loathing in our cities

Should architects and planners be defending us from terrorists, asks BD’s student columnist

Basil Spence's £3.2 million Knightsbridge Barracks

Our challenges for the year ahead

Gillian Darley hopes she’s not being optimistic in wanting 2015 to deliver content over style

Manhattan apartment designed by Tim Seggerman

Why space standards are a bad thing for the housing crisis

Delivering better homes requires a subtler approach than the blunt instrument advocated by the RIBA, argues Paul McGrath

An example of a biophilic interior

Interior designers must take a leaf out of architects' biophilic books

Designer, writer and television presenter Oliver Heath invites BD readers to share examples of using nature in interiors

Tanja Smith, left, at a recent NAWIC conference with Alison Mackey, director at Edit Development

Mongolia - where it's normal for the boss to be a woman

In her third dispatch from Ulan Bator, Tanja Smith suggests one way UK construction firms could learn from their Mongolian counterparts

Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem

A season of goodwill and peace to all men?

Eleanor Jolliffe reports from a building at the crossroads of history

Mayfield Depot

Bringing buildings back to life

Amanda Baillieu laments the decision to give a permanent home to a Manchester arts festival held in disused buildings

Malaysia Square at Battersea Power Station

Bigging up Battersea: a progress report

Bjarke Ingels’ ‘urban canyon’ power station entrance repeats the mistakes of 1960s planning, warns Hank Dittmar

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