Interview | Simon Allford: ‘Architecture will emerge stronger’

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The new president of the RIBA talks to Elizabeth Hopkirk about knocking the institute into shape, the pressure architects are facing – and boxing. Photography by Jean Goldsmith

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It’s all about finding the words: opening doors for deaf architects


The absence of agreed signs for architectural terms is a major barrier for deaf people seeking to enter the profession. Chris Laing tells Elizabeth Hopkirk how he plans to change that


Interview: Nicholas Boys Smith on design, deregulation and the Office for Place

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There are few topics more controversial than planning reform and placemaking and few people more passionate about them than the chair of the new Office for Place. He talks to Joey Gardiner

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Antarctica: Designing for the planet’s most hostile continent


A £100m Antarctic infrastructure programme presents some unique design challenges – like deflecting snow and elephant seals. Elizabeth Hopkirk hears about the hardships and rewards of building at the bottom of the world

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Interview: Designing Britain’s biggest infrastructure project


By any standards and on any scale, it’s a huge job – and one with plenty of critics. HS2’s design director Kay Hughes tells Elizabeth Hopkirk she is relishing the unprecedented challenge

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Video: Dixon Jones talk projects, influences and unconventional clients

Hear Jeremy Dixon and Edward Jones reflect on 60 years in practice and how they’re relaxed about other architects having a crack at their projects


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‘You don’t get involved in a project like this for the glory or the money’


Keppie was working on an extension at Glasgow’s SEC events centre when the brief changed dramatically. Elizabeth Hopkirk hears from the architects

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NHS Nightingale: How we built a hospital in 10 days

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As the first patients arrive at London’s coronavirus surge hospital, BDP’s James Hepburn tells Elizabeth Hopkirk how they designed it

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‘Architects are rarely at the table when crucial decisions are being made’


Shelley McNamara and Yvonne Farrell of Grafton Architects discuss hope and fear with Elizabeth Hopkirk

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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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‘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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Interview: Lee Polisano on towers and ten years of PLP

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