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Do We Need Fewer Architects?

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

  • Architects: Tony Fretton 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

© Peter Cook © Peter Cook © Peter Cook © Peter Cook

Deinze Town Hall & Administrative Center / Tony Fretton Architects

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.

Interview: Tony Fretton, by Hugo Oliveira

© 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.

Vassall Road Housing & Medical Centre / Tony Fretton Architects

  • Architects: Tony Fretton 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 © Peter Cook

British Embassy / Tony Fretton Architects

  • Architects: Tony Fretton 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

  • Architects: Tony Fretton 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 © Christian Richters

V&A Exhibition Road Competition Shortlist Announcement

V&A Competition
V&A Competition

The Victoria and Albert Museum recently announced the seven architectural practices invited to submit proposals for the museum’s Exhibition Road development. You can read more about the competition and the shortlisted design teams after the break.