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


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

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'Inside this strict format, anything can happen'

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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'

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

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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'

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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