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AD Interviews: Stephen Hodder, RIBA President

ArchDaily recently got the chance to speak to Stephen Hodder, current President of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) at his practice in Manchester. Best known as the recipient of the inaugural RIBA Stirling Prize in 1996 (for the Centenary Building), Hodder was educated at the University of Manchester's School of Architecture, he's perhaps best known as the recipient of the inaugural RIBA Stirling Prize in 1996 for the Centenary Building and was awarded an MBE for services to architecture in 1998.

Having been officially in the role for only two months, Hodder spent some time with us discussing his hopes for the next two years. Find out why he described himself as a fan of Scandinavians and prog-rock after the break...

Preston Bus Station Listed, Escapes Demolition

Following news last week that four post-war buildings had been listed in the UK, the campaign to Save Preston Bus Station reached a victory today when it was announced that Ed Vaizey (Architecture and Heritage Minister) has listed the Brutalist icon, removing the threat of demolition. The campaign, which has garnered words of support from the likes of Richard Rogers and Rem Koolhaas, has been been underpinned by support from Angela Brady PRIBA, former President of the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Seven Architectural Sins Committed Around the World

With the recent news that Rafael Viñoly Architects' 20 Fenchurch Street (or the "Walkie Talkie") in London has been producing an unusually hot solar reflection, dubbed the "Death Ray," we've put together a list of seven architectural blunders around the world - from the worrying to the downright absurd.

Stephen Hodder Inaugurated as 75th President of the RIBA

Following Angela Brady’s two year tenure as head of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Stephen Hodder MBE was officially inaugurated as the 75th President of the UK’s largest architectural body yesterday. Hodder, perhaps best known as the recipient of the first RIBA Stirling Prize in 1996 for the Centenary Building (University of Salford, UK), is chairman of the award-winning practice Hodder + Partners in Manchester (UK).

Chetham’s School of Music / Stephenson ISA Studio

©  Daniel Hopkinson
© Daniel Hopkinson
Schools  · 
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Stephenson ISA Studio
  • Area Area of this architecture project
    10600.0 m2
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2012

©  Daniel Hopkinson ©  Daniel Hopkinson ©  Daniel Hopkinson ©  Daniel Hopkinson + 32

House 780 / Stephenson ISA Studio

Courtesy of Stephenson ISA Studio Courtesy of Stephenson ISA Studio Courtesy of Stephenson ISA Studio Courtesy of Stephenson ISA Studio + 18

Houses  · 
Manchester, United Kingdom
  • architects Authors of this architecture project Stephenson ISA Studio
  • Area Area of this architecture project
    465.0 sqm
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2006

House 1005 / Stephenson ISA Studio

Courtesy of Stephenson ISA Studio Courtesy of Stephenson ISA Studio Courtesy of Stephenson ISA Studio Courtesy of Stephenson ISA Studio + 17

Renovation  · 
Manchester, United Kingdom
  • architects Authors of this architecture project Stephenson ISA Studio
  • Area Area of this architecture project
    465.0 sqm
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2008

1 Angel Square / 3D Reid

© Daniel Hopkinson © Trevor Palin © Daniel Hopkinson © Daniel Hopkinson + 15

Manchester, United Kingdom
  • architects Authors of this architecture project 3D Reid
  • Area Area of this architecture project
    328000.0 ft2
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2012

National Graphene Institute Winning Proposal / Jestico + Whiles

Courtesy of Jestico + Whiles
Courtesy of Jestico + Whiles

Jestico + Whiles’ design for the new £61m National Graphene Institute at the University of Manchester has recently been granted planning consent. The new facility will be designed with the goal to be the world-leading research and incubator center dedicated to the development of graphene, helping the UK to remain at the forefront of the commercialization of this revolutionary material. The project will be housed within a compact 7,600m2 five-storey building, with the main cleanroom located on the lower ground floor to achieve best vibration performance.More images and architects’ description after the break.

Pont de Singe Installation / Olivier Grossetête

© Olivier Grossetête
© Olivier Grossetête

Building on a previous piece entitled “Suspension Bridge, the passage”, Olivier Grossetête’s ‘Pont de Singe’ in the UK is a model of floating bridge attached to helium balloons, thus taking literally the term “suspension bridge “. The object aims to connect two mobile spaces, questioning its usefulness. This bridge becomes a floating symbol of all relationships, and embodies the space surrounding its slight movements caused by our air movement. More images and architects’ description after the break.

"Consumed" Architecture + Urbanism Symposium

Courtesy of Manchester School of Architecture
Courtesy of Manchester School of Architecture

Taking place May 3, the “Consumed” Architecture + Urbanism Symposium, put on my the University of Manchester’s School of Architecture, the event looks to explore the theme of consumption in the urban built environment through a selection of invited speakers from a variety of locations and professions. Current speakers include; Joseph Grima Editor of Domus Magazine, Mario Minale of Mario Minale Designers, Berndt Jespersen and Mette Skobjerg of Kalundborg Symbiosis, and Gavin Elliott of BDP is to Chair. More speakers are to be confirmed in coming weeks. The event is taking place in Manchester, at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation. For more information, please visit their website here.

The Avenue / Sheppard Robson

© Hufton+Crow © Hufton+Crow © Hufton+Crow © Hufton+Crow + 6

Manchester, United Kingdom
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Sheppard Robson
  • Architect Authors of this architecture project text, Sheppard Robson,
  • Area Area of this architecture project
    5000.0 m2
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2011

"Thicket" - Installation / Sanders Pace Architecture

© Sanders Pace Architecture
© Sanders Pace Architecture

Architect: Sanders Pace Architecture Location: Manchester, Tennessee Project Team: Brandon Pace, Michael Davis, Michael Aktalay, Larry Davis, Matthew Davis, Carah Ferry, Will Spencer, Garrett Ferry, Ashley Pace, John Sanders, Stephanie Dowdy, David Scott, Shane Elliot, Leslie Smith Project Area: 900 SF (x2 pods) Project Year: Summer 2011 Photographs: Sanders Pace Architecture

© Sanders Pace Architecture © Sanders Pace Architecture © Sanders Pace Architecture © Sanders Pace Architecture + 11

Currier Museum of Art / Ann Beha Architects

© Jonathan Hillyer © Bruce T. Martin © Jonathan Hillyer © Jonathan Hillyer + 8

Museum  · 
Manchester, United States
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Ann Beha Architects
  • Architect Authors of this architecture project text, Ann Beha Architects,
  • Area Area of this architecture project
    33000.0 ft2
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2008

Salford House 4 Life / White Arkitekter

Courtesy White Arkitekter
Courtesy White Arkitekter

Scandinavian practice White Arkitekter has won the Salford House 4 life competition, organized by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). White’s proposal was chosen as the winning scheme from 59 entries. For more images of their proposal and a succinct description, follow after the jump.

Manchester Civil Justice Centre / Denton Corker Marshall

© Tim Griffith © Tim Griffith © Tim Griffith © Tim Griffith + 13

  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Denton Corker Marshall
  • Architect Authors of this architecture project text, Denton Corker Marshall,
  • Engineers Authors of this architecture project text, Mott MacDonald,
  • Area Area of this architecture project
    34000.0 m2
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2008