The Redevelopment Of The Whitworth / MUMA

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Architects: MUMA
Location: Whitworth Hall, The University of Manchester, Manchester, Manchester M13 9NR,
Project Management University: Drivers Jonas Deloitte
Project Management Gallery: Cragg Management Services
Area: 6000.0 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of MUMA

Private Residence on Isle of Skye / Dualchas Architects

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Architects: Dualchas Architects
Location: Waternish, Isle of Skye, Highland IV55,
Year: 2012
Photographs: Andrew Lee

The Observatories: Micro Artist Residence Officially Opens in the UK

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Nearly eight months ago, a team of four design students won a competition to design an artist’s residence in the south-western countryside of the UK. Now, Charlotte Knight, Mina Gospavic, Ross Galtress, and Lauren Shevills (in collaboration with artist Edward Crumpton) have seen their design, “The Observatories,” realized. Conceived as two rotating structures that house a studio and living quarters, The Observatories will be moved to four different sites over the course of two years. During this time, they’ll take in twelve artists, each for two-month residencies.

London Underline: Gensler Envisions Subterranean Transportation Network for London

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Last night, international design firm Gensler received the London Planning Award for Best Conceptual Project for its latest vision: London Underline. The proposal explores the potential of an underground bicycle and pedestrian park beneath the streets of London. Not only does this public interest design utilize existing abandoned space, but also generates the electricity to support itself simply by being used. 

UK Report Says Universities are Failing to Prepare Architecture Students for Practice

Cambridge University was ranked the UK’s #1 architecture school in 2014. Image © Flickr CC User Mark Fosh

UK universities are failing to properly equip graduates with the necessary skills required for practicing architecture, according to RIBA’s 2014 Skills Survey. Of the 149 employers and 580 architectural students or recent graduates who responded to the wide-spread , a large majority criticized for prioritizing “theoretical knowledge ahead of practical ability” and agreed that most graduates are ill-prepared for work after studying at the university.

“I can think of no other profession where new graduates must wait a decade or more to be given significant responsibility because they have not acquired basic skills in university,” says Yarema Ronish, RIBA client adviser and director at Richard Morton Architects.

T2 Shoreditch / Landini Associates

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Architects: Landini Associates
Location: 48 Redchurch Street, E2 7DP,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Andrew Meredith

AJ’s 2015 Women in Architecture Survey Says “Pay Gap” is Slowly Closing

Birmingham Library / Mecanoo. Mecanoo’s Francine Houben was named Architect Journal’s Woman Architect of the Year 2014. Image © Christian Richters

Now in its fourth year, the Architects’ Journal’s Women in Architecture survey is firmly embedded into the discussion of gender roles within the architecture profession. Collected from an anonymous cross-section of practitioners, clients, consultants, engineers, developers, PRs, and academics, the 2015 survey focused on the UK alone, and saw the number of participants soar to an unprecedented high of 1,104 respondents, 20% of whom were male.

Results from previous years’ surveys have sparked discussion amidst the architectural and mainstream media alike, and have been cited by RIBA and the UK government. The survey covers four main topics – pay, practice, education, and children — commencing with broader questions about discrimination before narrowing its aperture to more specific issues.  View the results of the 2015 survey after the break.

Video: The Making of RSHP’s Leadenhall Building

In celebration of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners’ relocation to their newly constructed Leadenhall Building, the -based practiced has released a short film that captures the “making of” the 52-story, 225-meter skyscraper. RSHP, now occupying the building’s 14th floor, is said to be proud to be Leadenhall’s latest tenants: 

“After 30 years at Thames Wharf Studios, it is important for us to be moving into a building that reflects the ethos and evolution of our design practice, clearly stated in its urban relationship with the Lloyd’s building opposite,” says the partners of RSHP. “We will begin this new phase of our history in a building that already feels like home but allows us the advantages of a contemporary, flexible office space in a prime location in the increasingly vibrant and exciting City of London.”

The building, popularly referred to as the “Cheesegrater,” was completed in September of last year. 

Rosa and John’s Residence / Zminkowska De Boise Architects

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Architects: Zminkowska De Boise Architects
Location: Muswell Hill, N10, UK
Year: 2013
Photographs: Tom Cronin, Courtesy of

House of Vans London / Tim Greatrex

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Architects: Tim Greatrex
Location: , UK
Designer: Hellicar & Lewis
Area: 2500.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Tim Greatrex

The Gables / Patalab Architecture

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Architects: Patalab Architecture
Location: , UK
Year: 2014
Photographs: Lyndon Douglas

Stoke Newington School Sixth Form Centre / Jestico + Whiles

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Architects: Jestico + Whiles
Location: London,
Area: 589.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Tim Crocker

1–6 Copper Lane N16 9NS / Henley Halebrown Rorrison Architects

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Architects: Henley Halebrown Rorrison Architects
Location: Stoke Newington, ,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Ioana Marinescu

LIKEarchitects’ “Frozen Trees” Installation Moves to London

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LIKEarchitects‘ Christmas installation, Frozen Trees, has found a new home in ’s Victory Park in East Village. Originally created by  in 2011 and displayed on Lisbon’s D. Pedro IV Square, the installation will now light up the holiday period in one of London’s newest public spaces, on the site of the former Olympic Village, as its 1,296 Rationell Variera plastic bag dispensers from IKEA gently glow through the night.

Phipp Street / Amin Taha Architects

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Architects: Amin Taha Architects
Location: 18 Phipp Street, London EC2A 4NU,
Area: 270.0 sqm
Photographs: Charles Hosea

Golden Lane / Amin Taha Architects

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Architects: Amin Taha Architects
Location: London,
Structural Engineer: Webb Yates Engineers
Area: 186.0 sqm
Photographs: Tim Soar

Blackpool Talbot / AHR Architects

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Architects: AHR Architects
Location: Talbot Lodge, 376 Talbot Road, Blackpool, Blackpool FY3 7AT,
Architectural Team Members: Dominic Manfredi, Dan Barnes, Dan Lesser, Jon Wallis, Carl Fowler, Ben Rigby, Nick Barnes, Tom Locke, Geoff Goodman, Andrew Crompton, Pamela Griffin
Area: 12002.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Daniel Hopkinson

Synopsis / ansham architects

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Architects: ansham architects
Location: 64 Westbourne Drive, Forest Hill, SE23, UK
Area: 240.0 sqm
Photographs: Ashley Gendek