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JULY 2015

A Lifetime of Renewal

Niall McLaughlin has written an essay for the Architects Journal titled ‘A Lifetime of Renewal’.  He explains his view that ‘it should no longer be possible for an architect to finish their education.  I propose a more comprehensive model of life-long learning.  If practitioners return to education throughout their careers, they will be constantly invigorated and, by extension, so will the schools to which they return’.

Images show Episodes in a journey through the East Midlands Local Assembly in Leicester. A student project by Emily Doll at Unit 17 in the Bartlett.  Darbishire Place by Niall McLaughlin Architects and A School for Mothers with Children. St. Matthew’s Estate in Leicester. A student project by Joanne Chen at Unit 17 in the Bartlett.


JULY 2015

Nazrin Shah Building – Steelwork

Just over two years since our first tentative steps towards imagining what sort of space a new auditorium for Worcester College might possibly be like, we find ourselves enclosed within a spidery sketch, looking up to the trees through a skeletal enclosure of steel. We watched in excitement as our drawings were scribed across the site, first in neon spray paint and little red sticks, later excavated into deep ravines. We pick our way across the lines that had become so familiar on paper and are now concrete obstacles in a muddy field. The reality of this transition only became real as we stood looking across at the steel columns in this picture. They map out the positions of the stone fins that radiate around the curved facade of the new auditorium, with the sloping beams above us silhouetted against the bright July sky marking the future locations of the sculpted folds to the soffit.


JULY 2015

2015 Wood Awards

Our project the Fishing Hut in Hampshire has been selected to join the shortlist of 20 buildings for this year’s Wood Awards. The Wood Awards are the UK’s premier competition for excellence in architecture and product design in the world’s only naturally sustainable material. The awards aim to recognise, encourage and promote outstanding design, craftsmanship and installation using wood.