London's new £288m symphony hall and why concert halls are so often late and over budget

2019-02-13T07:00:00+00:00By 5 comments

Will Diller Scofidio & Renfro’s planned Centre for Music face the problems that dog so many major cultural projects? Ike Ijeh asks the experts

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With skills like yours, you shouldn’t be working for an architect

2019-02-11T07:00:00+00:00By Jerónimo van Schendel Erice

Businesses that stitch design into their DNA are the most successful, but they need help. Isn’t it time you applied?


Analysis: When will we see wooden skyscrapers?

2019-01-23T07:00:00+00:00By 2 comments

Timber frames have begun to break into commercial and higher-rise uses thanks to technological breakthroughs. Ike Ijeh speaks to the pioneers


Analysis: Righting the wrongs of Canary Wharf


As Canary Wharf turns 30 a residential community is being introduced for the first time. Ike Ijeh assesses Wood Wharf and its parent

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Analysis: Is Hackitt a turning point for the profession?

2018-05-30T06:00:00+01:00By 2 comments

After decades of marginalisation, the Hackitt review is the chance for architects to claim back territory

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Redundant city centre car parks: repurpose or demolish?


The city centre multi-storey car park is rapidly becoming redundant. Can they be repurposed?

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The new London Plan has got it wrong on density

2018-01-09T07:00:00+00:00By Duncan Bowie3 comments

Scrapping London’s density matrix could actually worsen the housing crisis, argues Duncan Bowie

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Brexit deal ‘not enough’ to calm staff jitters

2017-12-20T07:01:00+00:00By Jim Dunton and Elizabeth Hopkirk7 comments

RIBA says architects need more reassurance about their ability to work after the UK leaves the EU

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Could the return of the clerk of works improve build quality?


Concerns about building quality and safety, especially in the wake of Grenfell, have led to calls for a more co-ordinated approach to accountability. Could the clerk of works help?

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What will Stirk and Harbour do without Rogers?

2017-10-20T06:00:00+01:00By 1 comments

It’s 10 years since Richard Rogers shared naming rights to his practice with two very different characters. Elizabeth Hopkirk asks the questions everyone’s thinking

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With skills like yours, you shouldn’t be working for an architect

2019-02-11T07:00:00+00:00By Jerónimo van Schendel Erice

Businesses that stitch design into their DNA are the most successful, but they need help. Isn’t it time you applied?

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Can we design some Danish ‘hygge’ into our housing?

2019-02-06T07:00:00+00:00By Petra Marko10 comments

The housing crisis is not just about numbers. Petra Marko finds inspiration as she cycles round Copenhagen


Brexit, architects and immigration


Richard Harrison gives the ACA’s perspective

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Why more architects should be planners

2019-01-25T07:00:00+00:00By Michael Tsoukaris3 comments

The RIBA needs to do much more to support people who make the move, argues Michael Tsoukaris

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Young people are more pro-development - but you won't find them at a public consultation

2019-01-21T07:00:00+00:00By Richard Douglas1 comments

To engage a pre-retirement demographic you need to understand how young people communicate

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We are re-entering an age of necessity and must design accordingly

2019-01-18T07:00:00+00:004 comments

Harriet Wennberg welcomes a timely resurgence in the use of natural materials and traditional forms

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People ignore the design that ignores them

2019-01-17T07:00:00+00:00By Lesley Malone2 comments

Architects leave communities out of the design process at their peril, says Lesley Malone

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The developer whose work is now 54% heaven-sent

2019-01-14T07:00:00+00:00By Bernadette Cunningham

Thornsett has gradually become a specialist at helping urban churches unlock their sites, explains Bernadette Cunningham

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Architects need to return to the classroom. The primary school classroom


Engineer Nick Ford has some advice for architects - and some great stories of small children’s lightbulb moments

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The unsettling architecture of industry

2019-01-03T07:00:00+00:001 comments

Images in new book reveal hidden life of infrastructure and industrial buildings

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What happens when architects design homes for animals

2018-12-21T07:00:00+00:002 comments

10 of the quirkiest homes for pets showcased in a new book

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Interview: Lee Polisano on towers and ten years of PLP

2018-11-08T07:00:00+00:00By 3 comments

As the 10th anniversary of PLP and the looming storm of Brexit approach, Lee Polisano looks into the future

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Interview: Marie-José Van Hee

2018-07-06T06:00:00+01:00By Hugh Strange

Hugh Strange talks to Marie-José Van Hee about her approach to architecture and the importance of the domestic in projects of all scales

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Interview: Roger Zogolovitch and Simon Allford

2018-02-21T07:00:00+00:00By Amanda Birch1 comments

What happens when two of the biggest names in architecture collaborate?

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'Inside this strict format, anything can happen'

2018-01-30T07:00:00+00:00By Hugh Strange

Hugh Strange talks to Barcelona practice MAIO about the challenges of practising architecture in Spain

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'Surrealism sounds very far away, but it’s not at all'

2017-11-24T07:00:00+00:00By Hugh Strange

Hugh Strange talks to Jan de Vylder of architecten de vylder vinck taillieu about playing with building elements, the beauty of raw finishes and why Belgian architects have to deal with strange realities

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Interview: Neave Brown on Grenfell, Thatcher and the future of housing

2017-10-02T06:00:00+01:00By 1 comments

As he receives his Royal Gold Medal at the RIBA today, the celebrated architect tells Elizabeth Hopkirk how to get housing right

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'The creative act is making the rules up until they break'

2017-07-24T08:00:00+01:00By Hugh Strange1 comments

Hugh Strange talks to Wicklow-based architect Tom de Paor about his most significant projects, his polymathic approach to architecture and his ‘paradise garden’ on an abandoned farm


'We're very happy with the term magic realism'

2017-04-27T07:59:00+01:00By Hugh Strange

Job Floris and Sandor Naus of Monadnock talk to Hugh Strange about the mixed legacy of the Superdutch generation and the importance of creating new stories from old traditions

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'Buildings are used, mis-used, re-used, and they get old, decay, are worn out –watching that happen is the most exciting thing'

2017-01-16T09:01:00+00:00By Hugh Strange1 comments

Tom Emerson of 6a Architects talks to Hugh Strange bout incorporating the passage of time into the practice’s work and the joy of watching buildings take on a life of their own

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