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Do We Need Fewer Architects?

00:00 - 31 July, 2013
Do We Need Fewer Architects?, Courtesy of Wikipedia/Library of Congress
Courtesy of Wikipedia/Library of Congress

In an article by the Architects' Journal, Tony Fretton is quoted as saying there ought to be fewer architecture schools in the UK, with more difficult entry requirements and a higher failure rate. "There should be a shortage of architects in the UK," he says, "fewer bad architects, fewer good architects".

Citing Switzerland and the Netherlands as countries which do well with just 2 or 3 major architecture schools, he believes that architectural education should be concentrated into just a few schools in order to give students more access to the best tutors.

Read more about Fretton's proposal after the break

Tower Wharf Cafe / Tony Fretton Architects

01:00 - 27 October, 2012
Tower Wharf Cafe / Tony Fretton Architects, © Peter Cook
© Peter Cook
  • Architects

  • Location

    Tower Bridge, London, UK
  • Design Team

    Tony Fretton, Jim McKinney, David Owen, Chris Snow, Daniel Buckley, Guy Derwent, Yuichi Hashimura
  • Structural Engineers

    Structure Workshop
  • Services Engineers

    Serge Lai Engineers
  • Client

    Historic Royal Palaces
  • Area

    190.0 sqm
  • Photographs

    Peter Cook, Courtesy of Tony Fretton Architects

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Deinze Town Hall & Administrative Center / Tony Fretton Architects

23:00 - 6 July, 2012
Courtesy of Tony Fretton Architects
Courtesy of Tony Fretton Architects

The design for a new 7,500 sqm Deinze Town Hall & Administrative Center, designed by Tony Fretton Architects, sets the administrative accommodation in a 5-storey reconfigurable loft building and the council chamber as a projecting double height room, with the public entrance foyer below. Commissioned by the City of Deinze following an international competition held in 2009, the building accommodates Deinze’s municipal departments, offices for the mayor and aldermen together with a new council chamber. The project is set to begin construction in early 2013. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Solid 11 / Tony Fretton Architects

01:00 - 15 February, 2012
Solid 11 / Tony Fretton Architects, © Peter Cook
© Peter Cook
  • Architects

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Design Team

    Tony Fretton, Jim McKinney, Sandy Rendel, Laszlo Csutoras, Clemens Nuyken, Chris Neve, Donald Matheson, Michael Lee, Martin Nässén
  • Client

    Albert Ravestein; Stadgenoot
  • Budget

    €18.3 million
  • Area

    2000.0 sqm
  • Photographs

© Peter Cook © Peter Cook © Peter Cook © Peter Cook +22

Interview: Tony Fretton, by Hugo Oliveira

19:00 - 28 November, 2011
© Chris Clunn
© Chris Clunn

We are sharing with you an interview of architect Tony Fretton of Tony Fretton Architects conducted by Hugo Oliveira, as seen in Jornal Arquitectos. Prior to founding his firm in 1982, Fretton was Principal Designer at Arup Associates. He is deeply committed to architectural education and has experience teaching worldwide, from the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London to Harvard University in Cambridge. He currently serves as a Professor of Architectural Design and Interiors at TU Delft in the Netherlands.

The complete interview following the break.

Fuglsang Kunstmuseum / Tony Fretton Architects

01:00 - 7 May, 2011
Fuglsang Kunstmuseum / Tony Fretton Architects, © Helene Binet
© Helene Binet
  • Architects

  • Location

    Lolland, Denmark
  • Architect

    Tony Fretton Architects
  • Executive Architect

    BBP ARKITEKTER A/S
  • Landscape Architect

    Torben Schønherr Landscape
  • Structural Engineer

    Birch & Krogboe A/S Consulting Engineers
  • Area

    2500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

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Vassall Road Housing & Medical Centre / Tony Fretton Architects

01:00 - 4 May, 2011
Vassall Road Housing & Medical Centre / Tony Fretton Architects, © Peter Cook
© Peter Cook
  • Architects

  • Location

    89 Vassall Road, London Borough of Lambeth, SW9, UK
  • Architect

    Tony Fretton Architects
  • Project Team

    Tony Fretton, Jim McKinney, David Owen, Michael Lee (Project Architect), Simon Jones, Annika Rabi, Sandy Rendel, Nina Lundvall, Matt Barton, Max Lacey
  • Structural Engineer

    Jampel Davison & Bell
  • Services Engineer

    Bailey Associates
  • Landscape Architect

    Schoenaich Landscape Architects Ltd
  • Project Manager

    Jim Green, Baylight Properties
  • Main Contractor

    Concentra
  • Area

    1490.0 sqm
  • Photographs

© Peter Cook © Peter Cook © Peter Cook © Peter Cook +10

British Embassy / Tony Fretton Architects

01:00 - 2 May, 2011
British Embassy / Tony Fretton Architects
  • Architects

  • Location

    Kawalerii, Warsaw, Poland
  • Architect

    Tony Fretton Architects
  • Executive Architect

    Epstein Sp zo.o
  • Design Build Contractor

    Mace Limited
  • Structural/Services/Acoustical Engineer

    Buro Happold Polska Sp.
  • Quality Surveyor

    Arcadis
  • Security Consultant

    David Goode Associates
  • Landscape Architect

    Schoenaich Landscape Architects Ltd
  • Space Planners

    Forme UK
  • Landscape Execution

    RS Architektura Krajobrazu
  • Architecture Execution

    EMKAA Architekci
  • Façade Specialist

    Saelzer
  • Breeam Construction

    TPS
  • Area

    4300.0 sqm

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De Prinsendam / Tony Fretton Architects

01:00 - 29 April, 2011
De Prinsendam / Tony Fretton Architects, © Christian Richters
© Christian Richters
  • Architects

  • Location

    Overhoeks 1, 1031 Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Architect

    Tony Fretton Architects
  • Project Team

    Tony Fretton, Jim McKinney, David Owen (Project Architect)
  • Executive Architect

    Geurst en Schulze Architecten
  • Structural Engineer

    Ingenieursbureau Zonneveld
  • Services Engineer

    Halmos Adviseurs Installaties
  • Area

    437000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

© Christian Richters © Christian Richters © Christian Richters © Christian Richters +5