In association with MSA
  1. Learning

CPD video: Working at height and the latest legislation

12 November 2018

Architecture for social purpose

Dramatic fall in clubs and centres prompts a celebration of their role in their communities

Queer Spaces at the Whitechapel Gallery

An inspiring RIBA lecture by the founders of MASS Design Group argued convincingly for design driven by local and public involvement

MASS sets the case for impact

Everyone involved in MacEwen winner Star and Shadow Cinema is an enthusiast or expert – but all are volunteers. MawsonKerr was called in to make its latest, permanent, venture happen

Winner: Star and Shadow Cinema, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

At Bridgend Inspiring Growth, critically assisted by architect Halliday Fraser Munro, people can make, mend, grow and cook – but most of all socialise

Commended: Bridgend Inspiring Growth, by Halliday Fraser Munro

Mark Wallinger and Studio Octopi’s Magna Carta project has a sense of presence and history

Monument to Magna Carta has a sense of presence and history

Health, safety & wellbeing

Dangerous quality lapses in construction, such as that at Oxgangs School, show why architects and clerks of works must get back on site

Grenfell and Oxgangs School show need for professional inspection

Becky Clark, also secretary of the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England, talks about Notre-Dame and how to ensure such an event doesn't happen here

Church of England director on the lessons of Notre-Dame

Designing a more efficient office building or improving the working environment? Often the two come together

Everyone could have a nicer and more energy-efficient office

Six months after the publication of Dame Judith Hackitt's report, a panel of experts gathered for 'The Golden Thread - from the Hackitt review to the RIBA Plan of Work' conference

Reviewing the RIBAJ Hilti Firestop conference

… on Ice Watch, his climate change installation with Olafur Eliasson

… on Ice Watch, his installation with Olafur Eliasson

Business, clients and services

Japanese house builder Sekisui House has just announced its £22m investment in Urban Splash House Holdings, a 35% stake that will allow the UK firm to ramp up its delivery of modular homes. We ask Urban Splash co-founder and architect Jonathan Falkingham what the deal means for the company

What does Sekisui House's £22m mean for Urban Splash?

Architects are none too excited about future prospects, and it looks like they have good cause to be gloomy

Signs are there's cause for serious concern

Impressive productivity gains are offset by rising payroll costs in the RIBA Business Benchmarking Survey  this year

Revenues are rising twice as fast as staff numbers

Brexit chaos aside, how does it look for construction? The underlying trend is gently positive, but that could change all too quickly

Can modest growth sustain amid Brexit chaos?

Bad day at the office? In her final monthly column for RIBAJ, Maria Smith aims higher

Maria Smith takes off on a serious flight of fancy

Legal, regulatory and statutory compliance

Despite uncertainties around Brexit, by the end of 2019 the UK will adopt the new European Standard that deals with daylight in buildings. What could it mean for your project?

European Standard EN 17037: Everything you need to know

Sued architect thought he was on a journey of design exploration with his clients but they weren’t even on board

Sued architect left clients behind on ‘design journey’

Not setting clear, express terms in your contract could leave you facing the danger of unlimited liability

What could lead to a £40m liability?

Rich in references, Amin Taha’s controversial building announces its presence with an intriguing range of finishes on its structural limestone facade

Intriguing finishes on Amin Taha's controversial building

Construction sites are by nature vulnerable to fire, and repair costs can be astronomical. Do we need more from regulation?

Mack fire shows we need more from regulation

Procurement and contracts

Housing and commercial uplift send average fees higher – but hourly rates fail to keep up with inflation

Rising fees leave hourly rates standing still

Just defining ethical priorities can be a minefield, never mind enforcing them. But, as evidenced by the RIBA’s new CPD subjects, there’s no getting away from it

There's no getting away from ethical sourcing

Who owns the copyright on architects’ drawings? It depends, of course

Who owns the copyright on your drawings?

The invention of tough yet flexible concrete could halve the duration of road and paving works

This is stronger, lighter – and it bends

For owners to win redress under the 1972 Act, a dwelling must be unfit to live in

What does it take to win redress under the 1972 Act?

Sustainable architecture

Updated guidance aims to take the drive for sustainable construction beyond good intentions

Sustainable construction requires more than good intentions

Studies show that up to 1bn migrating birds a year die from night-time collisions with lit buildings in the US

Song birds are particularly susceptible to night-time collisions

Since the government pulled back from its zero-carbon ambitions, the industry has taken the initiative on sustainable office design and management

Industry takes sustainability initiative

Delicacy and restraint – of materials, design and their own image – guide this Edinburgh practice

Delicacy and restraint guide this Edinburgh practice

Two homes by HCL Architects, squeezed into an unobtrusive corner of Fulham, flaunt their sustainable credentials – and work them hard

Glitter takes the place of black gold

Inclusive environments

The teachers’ mantra that no two children are the same also applies to school buildings. Architects must maximise the benefit to pupils, students, staff and site

Like pupils, no two schools are the same

A strong and varied entry to this year's competition has produced a rich – and long – longlist

Strength and variety characterises a long list

In the rush to create more secondary capacity, schools are featuring mixed use developments and their premises are doubling up for other community uses.

Premises double up for other community uses

Living with Buildings offers a welcome breakdown of the link between environment and wellbeing, especially in the post-Grenfell context

Living with Buildings charts the link between environment and wellbeing

Tradition, modernity, pastiche and cultural fusion: what is the architectural style of the  British mosque?

What is the architectural style of the British mosque?

Places planning & community

Bartlett's CASA wins £160,000 to help develop its crowd-sourced platform, which will create a databank of building details across the capital

Colour your building to create an open data source on London’s stock

Fresh back from Hong Kong, Hugh Pearman wonders how useful the aesthetic agonising of our planning system is

Would things be worse if there was no planning at all?

Sometimes there’s a case not to improve – but how do you keep that under control?

Will Wiles argues the case for dilapidation

How 360° views helped a Slough residential scheme, the Chiswick Curve Enquiry, Cross-Harbour and 225 Marshwall win planning approval

How 360° views help schemes win planning approval

Strength, security and style too were provided by wrapping super strong concrete in sleek cladding for the Paris vault that stores and handles 1.1 billion banknotes

Concrete in sleek cladding give strength, security and style

Building conservation and heritage

The fire highlights risks of all kinds to our heritage fabric. Global collaboration will advance our knowledge

The fire highlights all potential risks to our structural heritage

Notre-Dame cathedral, photographed after its restoration in the mid 19th century, and as remained until April 2019's fire

Restored Notre-Dame, photographed in the 19th century

Jan-Carlos Kucharek laments our losses from the cathedral to ancient libraries and asks about what we are forgetting

What happens next at Notre-Dame

If you thought period homes and Passivhaus were incompatible, have a look at the Ecospheric's retrofit of two Victorian homes

How two period homes were made PassivhausTrust-compliant

Carolina Sandretto's book lovingly captures Cuba's declining but once-glorious cinema culture

Carolina Sandretto's shots capture a lost way of life

Design, construction and technology

We could take lessons today from Australian architect Robin Boyd’s pioneering ideas on housing design and accessibility

We could learn from the Australian architect’s pioneering approach

Flexibility, wellness and more informal workspaces require a new approach to ceilings. Manufacturers are rising to the challenge

Modern ways of working require a new approach to ceilings

Exhibition reveals how finalists from Niger, Mexico, Thailand and Ireland respond particularly sensitively to local and global context

Four finalists show high sensitivity to local and global context

The Office Group believes profits depend on happy clients. Working closely with architects to make well designed spaces is a critical part of that

Why The Office Group turned the co-working office model inside out

Hopkins’ ‘radical re-appraisal’ of the Smith Campus Center at Harvard adds communal space, daylight and greenery without compromising the brutalist original

Hopkins stays true to Sert with modernised Harvard building


Glazing Vision's Ridgeglaze rooflight fills the apex of Hudson Architects' redesigned Machrie hotel on the isle of Islay

Ridgeglaze specified at the Machrie

Thrive Architects' village hall at the Oakford Homes residential development in Thakeham features a  standout Cupa Pizarras natural slate roof

Above and beyond: Cupa 12 roof tiles

The Passivhaus-approved FTT U8 Thermo features  a quadruple-glazed sash with five seals and innovative hinge and lock reinforcement

Fakro roof window offers ultimate thermal efficiency

Klober Wakaflex lead-free flashing continues to be one of the market leaders

Wakaflex lead-free flexible flashing

Keylite's new Polar roof window range updates installation efficiency and performance while using the latest in PVC profile design and manufacturing technology

Keylite PVC roof windows for improved installation

Doors and windows

Samuel Heath's bespoke door fittings and ironmongery take their inspiration from the strong geometric patterns of the iconic London landmark's concrete honeycomb facade

Samuel Heath's finishing touches for Centre Point Tower refit

Latest resource urges specifiers to tap into manufacturer expertise and engage with suppliers early

Velfac offers new RIBA-approved CPD seminar on specification

The Pure range of energy-efficient aluminium windows and doors delivers maximum design flexibility and exceptional thermal performance

Senior's Pure patent boosts thermal performance

How Glazing Vision Ridgeglaze rooflights have helped transform an award-winning ice-cream parlour and restaurant in Yorkshire

Ridgeglaze rooflights specified for Yorkshire project

Maxlight architectural glazing has been specified for a transformational, open-to-the-skies extension with minimal sight lines

Maxlight open-to-the-skies glazing transforms extension


The Archive

Exclusively for RIBA members and Journal subscribers. Log on to download a PDF of each edition.

RIBA Appointments

Experienced Part III / Project Architect

  • Barnes, London (Greater)
  • £37,000 - £45,000

Part II Architectural Assistant

  • Reading, Berkshire
  • A competitive salary subject to experience

Architect that wants a design driven job and big opportunity

  • Manchester, Greater Manchester
  • £40,000 - £50,000 + Annual Bonus

Project Lead Architect

  • Westerham, Kent
  • £37,000 - £43,000

Project Architect

  • East Central London
  • £40,000 - £45,000 DOE