Ben Flatman

It’s time the Stirling loosened up


How can you possibly assess a railway station against a private house, asks Ben Flatman

Eleanor Jolliffe

Architectural education is a problem of degrees


The profession’s unprofessional origins might have something useful to say about its future, writes Eleanor Jolliffe

Latest Digital Edition

The Twist by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) at the Kistefos Sculpture Park in Jevnaker, Norway

BD Digital Edition - September 2019

Highlights from September in a magazine format


Building Studies

  • Building Study: The Twist, Norway, by BIG

  • Building Study: Tintagel Bridge, Cornwall, by William Matthews Associates

  • Building Study: James Simon Galerie, Berlin, by David Chipperfield

  • Building Study: Churchill College housing, Cambridge, by Cottrell & Vermeulen

  • Ike Ijeh’s verdict: Junya Ishigami’s Serpentine Pavilion

  • Building Study: Drayton Green Church, by Piercy & Company



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Jamie Fobert: ‘Our AYA win feels like a new beginning’


Gallery: Pictures from BD’s Architect of the Year Awards

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Jamie Fobert crowned Architect of the Year


Full list of winners from BD’s Architect of the Year Awards 2019



Aarhus City Hall on Park Allé, by Arne Jacobsen and Erik Møller

Angela Brady’s inspiration: Aarhus town hall, Denmark


The former RIBA president first went to Denmark as a student to study co-housing but fell in love with this gesamtkunstwerk

Ben Flatman

It’s time the Stirling loosened up

2019-10-16T06:00:00+01:00By Ben Flatman2 comments

How can you possibly assess a railway station against a private house, asks Ben Flatman

Eleanor Jolliffe

Architectural education is a problem of degrees

2019-10-15T06:00:00+01:00By Eleanor Jolliffe8 comments

The profession’s unprofessional origins might have something useful to say about its future, writes Eleanor Jolliffe

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What the Future Homes Standard means for you

2019-10-14T06:00:00+01:00By Andrew Mellor

Andrew Mellor explains how to future-proof schemes in a fast-moving regulatory landscape

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Charting the contours of history


From school atlas to GPS, maps are the key to understanding ourselves, says Gillian Darley

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Back to planning school

2019-10-03T06:00:00+01:00By David Rudlin1 comments

In his first lesson from an illuminating new lecture series, David Rudlin learnt that the 70s was the decade when the post-war planning consensus died

Ruth Richardson of Levitt Bernstein

Designing green buildings is important, but what about the bigger picture?

2019-09-26T06:00:00+01:00By Ruth Richardson10 comments

So-called sustainable developments are often anything but, argues Ruth Richardson

Technical Feature

The Smith Centre by Hat Projects

Technical Study: Science Museum supporters’ centre, by Hat Projects


The conversion of a former Royal Mail sorting office into the £3.5m Smith Centre required instinct and guts, writes Elizabeth Hopkirk

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The verdict: Ike Ijeh on the 2019 Stirling Prize winner


BD’s architecture critic suggests the judges allowed populism to influence their decision more than architecture

Claire Bennie

It takes more than a design guide to produce quality council housing

Governance, procurement and culture are the real hurdles, says Claire Bennie

Tom Brooksbank

Look north: The Stirling Prize after Brexit


The prize’s overwhelming southern bias is symptomatic of what prompted many to vote leave, says Tom Brooksbank

Robert Adam

Esther McVey is wrong about architecture in every dimension

Housing minister’s much-ridiculed discovery of ‘3D architects’ betrays a deeper misunderstanding, writes Robert Adam

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In pictures: Why we need to keep fighting for our modern heritage

As C20 Society celebrates its 40th anniversary Catherine Croft looks at some of the treasures we might have lost

Arne Jacobsen's St Catherine's College Oxford dining room

How to design a good school dining room


Tom Waddicor looks at pitfalls and solutions in designing spaces for learners who lunch

41. Park Synagogue in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, by Eric Mendelsohn

Designing for God: Eric Mendelsohn’s US synagogues


After the trauma of the Holocaust, the task of defining what it meant to be Jewish and American fell to an architect who felt it was his destiny

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Alan Jones: We need to talk

The profession is facing huge challenges. The new president of the RIBA tells Elizabeth Hopkirk how he plans to tackle them

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How to build a circular economy

Petra Marko asks whether we can get to a place of ‘good growth’

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We were so frustrated by gender equality events we decided to hold our own

Jennifer de Vere-Hopkins and Emily Lawrence of Jestico & Whiles explain why they put design at the heart of the equality debate

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‘It’s just the same whether you are designing a building or a bike’

The architect who broke the men’s world cycling speed record at 174mph tells BD how he did it - and admits he was ‘absolutely terrified’

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We should embrace AI to help us solve humanity’s existential crisis


With a fuller understanding of issues such as climate change and migration we have a better chance of developing solutions, writes Anna Liu

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Confessions of an architectural modelmaker


Faulkner Browns modelmaker Andrew Parkin explains why he has no need to fear the march of technology

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