I was delighted to hear that the Renault Distribution Centre (now known as Spectrum) in Swindon, designed by Foster + Partners and completed in 1983, three years before I began my architectural studies, has been listed by Ed Vaizey under the advice of English Heritage. When I was an architecture student this piece of High-Tech […]
I’ve had an interesting comment on my ‘How do Architects use the Internet’ post, which I thought warranted a post in its own right. Ram Mudumbi says: Hi Su, many thanks for your blog, it has given me a great introduction to the current state of play with social networks in the industry. My only […]
Yesterday I was able to attend the Constructing Excellence in Essex event at Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford. The event was entitled Better Skills for Better Business, you can see the flier for the event here, but I wanted to post today about Liz Lake and her attitude to staff. Liz Lake is a Landscape […]
Watch this video about Jonathan Ives, the industrial designer behind Apple’s success. Two things I think are interesting about it. Firstly how he describes the process of design and production, and how he stresses the subtlety of the result. ‘So many of the products we’re surrounded by, they want you to be very aware of […]
A look at who has written officially about what architects do, and a guide to working out how to write an elevator pitch for a particular target client.
On Thursday the RIBA issued a press release, RIBA President Ruth Reed takes action to tackle student hardship and low pay, which set out proposals to deal with financial hardship amongst architecture students, graduates and young practitioners.
The proposals include:
There is a common misconception amongst non-architect that architects are extremely well paid professionals, but this isn’t the case. In November 2007 the Office of National Statistics published a snapshot of UK Salaries which showed Architects (then earning on average just £38,559 Gross a year) were 30th in the list, behind amongst others, Fire, Ambulance, […]
Last week I asked the Question, “When I say the word Architect, what comes to mind?” and posted the question here on the blog, on linkedin and via my twitter account to as many people as possible, asking them to post up their responses via the seedkeywords website. All 166 results can be viewed in […]
I’m not particularly keen on ‘Social Media Geeks’. A bit like I’m not particularly keen on ‘Architecture Geeks’. You know, the type of people who talk only to their friends and people in their own sphere, and who can’t stop spouting incomprehensible twaddle in language only their converts can understand. However, things can get interesting […]
by Richard Derwent Cooke This is the third blog in this series, and hopefully you now have the core idea that being proactive is the key to success in these recessionary times. Last time we considered things that you needed to stop doing and now I’d like to consider those things that you need to […]