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  1. Intelligence

Why architects must fundamentally change the way they practise

Is flexible working damaging knowledge transfer? Should salaries be paid by task, not time? Is the quest for the perfect design undermining project viability? As part of the RIBA Horizons 2034 Tim Bailey offers some radical alternatives to current ways of working

25 April 2024

  1. Intelligence

Six ways architects can win repeat business from ongoing clients

Learn more about nurturing practice-client relationships and turning the short-term into the long-term

25 April 2024

  1. Intelligence

Scotland’s new heat standard ups the zero carbon ante

Scotland’s New Build Heat Standard sets the pace for zero carbon heating adoption in the UK, but what does it mean for designers and will plans for dedicated Passivhaus legislation leave the rest of us playing catch up? Stephen Cousins reports

24 April 2024

MacEwen Awards 2024 winners

‘Architecture that is healing people’: Hope Street in Southampton is a generous and visionary scheme by Snug Architects that almost had one of the judges in tears

Snug Architects’ project encapsulates the notion of architecture for the common good

Volunteering, donation and reused materials found a way to help James Boon Architects turn the ruined Aqueduct Cottage into an asset for Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

‘Really passionate people’ volunteered to help rescue historic ruin

HAT Projects’ holistic approach to Sunspot business centre has brought new livelihoods and liveliness to an isolated and deprived community

Holistic approach revives life and belief at neglected Jaywick Sands

Archio’s much-needed affordable homes in south London prioritise robust details and community input to squeeze the most from a tight budget

Archio’s robust details squeeze the most from a tight budget

MMAS’ pro bono start and commitment enabled St James’ Community Farm in Belfast to grow into a flourishing cross-sectarian neighbourhood asset

MMAS balances cost and aesthetics to draw in all-comers at inner-city farm

Roofing and rooflights

Opening up to more light can transform a project, optimising a design's potential and energising its spaces

How architects specify for light is central to the success of their designs

'Best roofing material known to man' brings outstanding aesthetics and unbeatable durability to a residential refurbishment in the village of Old Buckenham

Residential refurbishment has 'best roofing material known to man'

At Ann Nisbet Studio's award-winning project in Ayrshire, even the rooflight specification is a symbiosis of contemporary and heritage

Even the rooflights combine contemporary and heritage

It might not be especially well-known - certainly up against slate - but phyllite is an excellent material and harder, denser and stronger than many alternatives

Phyllite is harder, denser and stronger than many alternatives

Congregation and community stay cosy at All Hallows Church Leeds thanks to a thermo-acoustic insulation product made from recycled denim jeans and cotton and polyester fibres

Congregation and community stay cosy at All Hallows Church Leeds

Opportunities Hub: Commissions worth the bidding

Revamp a theatre and performance space, design a building to showcase Finnish architecture and design or reimagine a London museum: these are some of the latest architecture contracts and competitions from across the industry

  1. Buildings

Terabe Guest House: floating on a piloti forest

Japanese architect Tomoaki Uno has created a coastal home and workplace that explores the timeless harmony between man and nature

26 March 2024

Medina House in Hove is new and old at the same time

Epic yet compact and welcoming, the ocean-facing house by Pilbrow & Partners preserves a piece of the Hove seafront, combining references both to that heritage and the exotic


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