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RIBA J | Sept 2013 | Culture: Hugh Pearman

RIBA J | Sept 2013 | Culture: Hugh Pearman | Architecture and Architectural Jobs | Scoop.it

New section, new magazine – a better RIBA Journal


In case you missed it as you tore open the packaging for this reconfigured RIBA Journal, there’s a welcoming letter from me in the bag. But if you’ve got this far in the magazine, you’ll know well enough that there have been big changes round here, in content, design and physical feel. The RIBA Journal is, like Dr Who, in regeneration mode. A year ago you had one magazine, issued 10 times a year. Now you have two: the redesigned Journal, proudly back to 12 issues a year; and PIP, our very well-received Products in Practice supplement, refreshed and up to six issues a year.

That’s just what you receive on paper (better paper). We also operate live – we are half way through our Gerflor 120 series of debates on the state of the profession, highlights of which are here. We reached out to the profession again with last month’s highly successful Eye Line drawings competition, which we shall certainly run again. These things concern the fundamentals of what it means to be an architect. Our regeneration continues: next is the overhaul and expansion of our digital presence, the fruits of which you will see in due course. Incidentally, none of this is paid for from your membership subscription: the Journal operates from RIBA Enterprises on a commercial basis, and is self-financing.

So what’s the idea with our new Culture section? This is the more discursive end of the magazine. Anchoring it is our profile, which appropriately enough this month is new RIBA president Stephen Hodder. Stephen is an ­example of an architect with a high profile as a practitioner who also dedicates a lot of his time behind the scenes to the workings of the RIBA. He wants the institute to serve both its members and their clients better.

Here you will find our opinion columns including – following Maria Smith of Studio Weave’s practice reflections at the end of the previous section – two new ones. In Round Here a changing roster of architects will celeb­rate their particular UK locale, kicking off with Ian McKnight of acclaimed practice Hall McKnight in Belfast. This is counter­balanced by our regular Out There column from architects working overseas. This month our correspondent is none other than Charles Jencks, recounting his work in Korea. Another new column, The Flâneur, is contributed by architectural and cultural commentator – and indefatigable traveller - Herbert Wright.
In this section are also reviews, our obituary and letters pages (called Exchange as social media increasingly usurps more ­traditional communications, and incorporating a slice of history) and finally, a treasure as familiar as it is valuable: Parting Shot, our monthly gem from the RIBA’s remarkable Robert Elwall Photographs Collection.
I’m very aware that, while we have been living with and developing this new ­design over several months, for you it is a sudden change. I’m also aware that editors and ­designers throw everything at their relaunch issue, and that the real test comes over time. We shall of course continue to refine it. In the meantime, well, of course I hope you like it, and tell us what you think. Letters@ribajournal.com is the place to talk to us.•

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Leading London practice is looking for Architects with Revit and Residential experience

Leading London practice is looking for Architects with Revit and Residential experience | Architecture and Architectural Jobs | Scoop.it

Great award winning practice in central London is looking for Architects to work on an expanding workload of large residential schemes. 

Candidates will need require previous experience within the residential sector, use AutoCAD and ideally Revit as well. 

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Two Passive Solar Gain Houses in Porthtowan by Simon Conder Associates

Two Passive Solar Gain Houses in Porthtowan by Simon Conder Associates | Architecture and Architectural Jobs | Scoop.it

Two passive solar gain houses built into the side of a hill in the English coastal village of Porthtowan on the Cornish coast by Simon Conder Associates.

The new buildings, which are partly buried in the hill to avoid obstructing views from properties higher up the slope, have a reduced impact on the landscape. Both are built into the 1 in 7 slope of the hillside, so the houses are single storey on the road side and two storey on the seaward side.

The two adjacent sites face south and this orientation creates two passive solar gain houses to minimise both the use of fossil fuels and energy costs. This has been achieved partly by fully glazing the southern elevations of the two houses and partly by using highly insulated, high mass construction for the remainder of the two houses.


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The Glass House / AR Design Studio - ArchDaily

The Glass House / AR Design Studio - ArchDaily | Architecture and Architectural Jobs | Scoop.it
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Revit Part 2/3s for education projects : Nr Kings Cross

Revit Part 2/3s for education projects : Nr Kings Cross | Architecture and Architectural Jobs | Scoop.it

Medium sized practice of around 25 people is looking for a talented, highly-motivated candidate to join their growing London office and help with an increasing workload in the education sector. This includes both primary and secondary schools across the country.

Successful applicants will be RIBA Part 2 qualified or recently Part 3 qualified and demonstrate a good proficiency in AutoCad and or Revit as the practice are hoping to have all their projects running on Revit in the near future. 

This award winning practice are looking for a candidate who is available immediately. 

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Volume 3 is looking for Architects in London

Volume 3 is looking for Architects in London | Architecture and Architectural Jobs | Scoop.it

We are looking for Architects with minimum 5 years post-registration UK experience, design excellence and technical ability to work with an enthusiastic in-house team. 

Current projects include Masterplanning, and palatial private residences. 

Excellent knowledge of Vectorworks 2013 and SketchUp essential. 

Experience on Russian Building Legislation preferred. Spoken Russian language an advantage. 

£ Income negotiable. Immediate start. 

In the first instance email CV and project experience to info@volumethree.com 

No Agencies please.

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BPR Architects Ltd seek an experienced Part 2 Architectural Assistant and Architectural Technologist

BPR Architects Ltd seek an experienced Part 2 Architectural Assistant and Architectural Technologist | Architecture and Architectural Jobs | Scoop.it

Architectural Assistants 25-29K RIBA part II with post diploma.

Experience required to assist in the design on a variety of transport projects. Knowledge of 3D Vectorworks and an interest in BIM would be beneficial.

Architectural Technologist 25-29K CIAT Accredited degree

Experience required to assist in the design on a variety of transport projects. Knowledge of 3D Vectorworks and an interest in BIM would be beneficial.

Closing date 27/09/2013

Please send your CV and examples of work to: ejedruszak@bprarchitects.com

BPR Architects
The Boathouse
Embankment
London
SW15 1LB

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Wolff Architects seek a Part 3 Architect and-or Chartered Architectural Technologist

Wolff Architects seek a Part 3 Architect and-or Chartered Architectural Technologist | Architecture and Architectural Jobs | Scoop.it

An expanding London Architectural Practice is looking for an enthusiastic and experienced Part 3 Architect and/or Chartered Architectural Technologist (MCIAT), with a minimum of 3-5 years’ experience for our Long Crendon Office. Long Crendon is situated 18 miles from Oxford. 

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Qatar National Convention Centre by Arata Isozaki

Qatar National Convention Centre by Arata Isozaki | Architecture and Architectural Jobs | Scoop.it
Qatar National Convention Centre in Doha by Arata Isozaki with gigantic tree-like columns. Photographs by Nelson Garrido.
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Twist In Architecture complete renovation project

Twist In Architecture complete renovation project | Architecture and Architectural Jobs | Scoop.it
Scheme features a new glazed rear extension
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Made in China: The Green Futurism of Architect Ma Yansong - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Made in China: The Green Futurism of Architect Ma Yansong - SPIEGEL ONLINE | Architecture and Architectural Jobs | Scoop.it
Chinese architect Ma Yansong has taken the West by storm with his organic, futuristic creations. With proposals to cover Tianenmen Square in thick forest and build a floating city over Ground Zero, no one can accuse him of playing it safe.
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Mr. Crawford's curator insight, September 19, 2013 4:55 PM

I really enjoyed this article about the architect Ma Yansong's ideas. He was able to incorporate future technology with nature, which I think we need more of if we are to continue to live on this earth. He is planning a series of buildings in the historical Tianenmen Square that has extreme ammounts of greenspace, making it both technologically and ecologically friendly. If we had more architects thinking like this the world may end up as a better place in the future.

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Senior Architectural Technologists and Architectural Technicians : Fordingbridge, Hampshire

Senior Architectural Technologists and Architectural Technicians : Fordingbridge, Hampshire | Architecture and Architectural Jobs | Scoop.it

BrightSpace are a growing Architectural practice based in Fordingbridge, Hampshire. We have a selection of exciting projects across a variety of sectors including residential, student accommodation, education, hotels and commercial.

Our open plan studio located in a rural setting offers and exciting environment to deliver excellent design and well detailed buildings. We enjoy what we do and are currently seeking enthusiastic and committed Senior Architectural Technologists and Architectural Technicians to join our team in order to lead and assist with the technical delivery of a number of specific projects.

The successful candidates will work as part of a small, focused team and should possess the following skills or qualifications;

Senior Architectural Technologists

MCIAT qualifiedMinimum 5 years post qualification experienceAbility to produce clear, concise working drawings and NBS specifications to a consistently high standardStrong technical skills in working with new and existing buildings Thorough understanding of the Building Regulations Be able to work under own their initiative Excellent communication skillsAbility to project lead and deal with clients, consultants, and contractors on a daily basisBe able to research products and/or details to resolve technical issues


Architectural Technicians

HNC/HND or equivalent qualification in Architectural Technology or Building ConstructionHave experience of assisting in the production of working drawing packages and specificationsGood communication skillsBe enthusiastic and willing to learn and grow with the practice


All candidates should be proficient in the use of AutoCAD, although a knowledge of REVIT would also be advantageous. 

Positions will be initially offered on a project basis for an agreed contract period and be located at the office address. This will be reviewed dependant upon developing workload. Salary is negotiable for both roles depending on experience and knowledge.

Please email a CV with examples of your work to ldobbs@brightspacearchitects.com 

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Sept 2013 | Intelligence: Employment and earnings

Sept 2013 | Intelligence: Employment and earnings | Architecture and Architectural Jobs | Scoop.it

Recruitment outlook
The last few years have been particularly tough for a number of architects and maintaining a job in many instances has been more important than a salary increase.

However, 2013 has seen a far more promising environment with the number of available jobs dramatically up on 2012. Advertisements on ribaappointments.com for the year to July have increased by 58% compared to the same period last year and in recent months have been even more pronounced (incredibly, July 2013 was up 114% compared to July 2012). Encouragingly, the number of jobs being advertised is increasing across the UK but the main area of growth is still London, which appears to be particularly buoyant in the high end residential sector.

The RIBA Future Trends Survey has seen positive figures for a while (see left) but firms have remained cautious about hiring new staff until absolutely necessary, apparently using temporary staff as a stop gap. The last couple of months appear to have been the tipping point though and more jobs are finally becoming available: architectural staff who have spent the last few years waiting for an improvement are considering moving. However, already being in a job means they are far more keen to negotiate a salary increase or better career progression before accepting a new role, and I expect average salaries to start increasing in the coming months. We are also seeing quite a few people who suffered pay cuts during the recession haven’t had salary rises again since construction has picked and are therefore keen to move.

After near constant commentary on the lack of jobs for the last few years it seems strange to start saying this, but in the last couple of months a few skills shortages are emerging for good Part 2s with strong Revit experience and project architects who have worked on luxury residential schemes in central London. With a misbalance of skills to jobs salaries might start improving to attract the top talent.
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Watch a House Go From Flatbed to Fully Built in Less Than a Day

Watch a House Go From Flatbed to Fully Built in Less Than a Day | Architecture and Architectural Jobs | Scoop.it

If you're familiar with architect Richard Rogers, it's likely through buildings like the Pompidou Center and the London Shard, where the structure is put on display. But Rogers is also pioneering a new generation of flatpack prefab housing...

The 80-year-old architect is the subject of a retrospective at London's Royal Academy this summer; in the courtyard of the neoclassical building, curators invited Rogers and his team to build one of their three-story prefab housing units, which typically take less than 24 hours to construct. The architects explain the advantages on their website:

The panels have the advantage of being lightweight, very fire and water retardant, and even earthquake and hurricane proof. A patented jointing system ensures high levels of both acoustic and thermal insulation and the system offers the potential to reduce energy bills by up to 90%...

 

 


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HOUSING ALTERNATIVES BUILT IN 1 DAY THAT ARE UTILITIES COST EFFECTIVE!

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Reverse Glass and Concrete Home of Stockholm

Reverse Glass and Concrete Home of Stockholm | Architecture and Architectural Jobs | Scoop.it
A gorgeous home in Stockholm, Sweden is the sweetest escape for a vacation if you’re in dire need. This space is gorgeously contemporary and minimalistic in nature while combining some heavy building materials.

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Built by Tham & Videgård Arkitekter

the space is quite intricate and complex though it seems to be a simplistic design from the outside looking in...leave your opinions...do you like the design?

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Interview: Stephen Hodder, RIBA - Building.co.uk

Interview: Stephen Hodder, RIBA - Building.co.uk | Architecture and Architectural Jobs | Scoop.it
Building.co.uk Interview: Stephen Hodder, RIBA Building.co.uk For someone who says his tenure as RIBA president will be about “continuity” with what's gone before, Stephen Hodder's first action could not mark him out more distinctly from his...
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Screen House / K2LD Architects - ArchDaily

Screen House / K2LD Architects - ArchDaily | Architecture and Architectural Jobs | Scoop.it
Screen House / K2LD Architects
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From the architect. The design consists of a linear block facing the street, with a curvilinear pavilion elevated on pilotis above the central communal garden.
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+node by UID Architects | Fukuyama, Japan

+node by UID Architects | Fukuyama, Japan | Architecture and Architectural Jobs | Scoop.it
A family sought a light-filled residence on a sloped site in southern Japan with a design incorporating the lush greenery below.


The t-shaped house consists of two perpendicular rectilinear steel-frame volumes clad in cedar. The upper level terminates on the south in a dramatic cantilever that hovers more than 30 feet above the ground and is pierced at the end to allow a tree to grow up through the structure. The lower level is half-submerged in the embankment below.

A terrace on the roof of the master suite can be entered from the main level. Raw plywood walls and pale cherry floors unify the spare interior, while skylights and large glazed expanses frame views of the surrounding forest.


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Woodpeckers by Ström Architects

Woodpeckers by Ström Architects | Architecture and Architectural Jobs | Scoop.it
Realistic renderings by Henry Goss of a timber-clad house beside a forest in Hampshire, England, by Ström Architects, plus an interview with Magnus Ström.
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Claridge Architects seek Architectural Technologists

Claridge Architects seek Architectural Technologists | Architecture and Architectural Jobs | Scoop.it

Claridge Architects Ltd is a fast-paced, emerging Practice with an international character.  

We are currently looking for experienced Architectural Technologists to join the London-based team full-time.

We require hard working and self-motivated individuals to assist Project Leaders with the preparation of tender and construction packages, dealing with Building Regulation matters and contractors queries. 

The successful candidates will have experience of working on large-scale development projects. The roles are project specific; experience on high-rise concrete framed buildings is essential.  .

Essential Requirements:

Comprehensive understanding of the UK Building RegulationsAbility to demonstrate strong technical knowledge and NBS Specification writingExperienced in detailing and understanding of construction methods and materials Experienced user of Vectorworks3D-modelling and visualisation skills are advantageous

Personal Qualities:

The successful candidate must be able to work both independently and as part of the project team, reporting to the Project Leaders, and in collaboration with the full design team and contractors.

Instructions to Apply: 

Email recruitment@claridgearchitects.com for the attention of Kiki Drake-BrockmanMark subject line as: “ARCHITECTURAL TECHNOLOGIST APPLICATION”

Include the following attachments: 

Your CVA brief PDF with examples from your Portfolio (A3, Max 2MB, no more than 6 pages please)A short covering letter about yourself

Salary depends on experience. Interviews to commence late August. No agencies please.

Due to high volumes of applications please note we are only able to respond to successful

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Senior Visualiser role with Assael

Senior Visualiser role with Assael | Architecture and Architectural Jobs | Scoop.it

We are looking to take on a Senior Visualiser to join an expanding team of Visualiser’s within Assael Architecture based in London. The teams primary roll is to provide visual support to the architectural teams through the production of rendered images and animations. The majority of the work is for planning purposes although the team also provide the practice with marketing material.

Minimum of five years experience of working in an architectural practice.

Experience using Cinema 4D, PhotoShop, After Effects, SketchUp, Vectorwork Architect, Vray is essential. Knowledge of London View Management Framework and generating accurate visual representations. 

The successful candidate will have excellent creative skills, art direction, attention to detail, and the ability to produce a high standard of work to tight deadlines. 

We were finalist’s for Building Magazine’s ‘Architectural Practice of the Year 2013’ and shortlisted for the AJ100 2013 Awards ‘Best Place to Work, London and South East’, ‘Best Employer’ and ‘Fastest Growing Practice’.

Please send your CV to;

Olivia Wright
oliviawright@assael.co.uk

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What Is the Office of the Future?

What Is the Office of the Future? | Architecture and Architectural Jobs | Scoop.it
A look at the next wave of open workspaces, where transparency, collaboration and sustainability are coming together to create environments that drive... (The office of the future? Not 1 robot overlord.
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A great shoot: London’s largest living wall breathes fresh life into Victoria – Now. Here. This. – Time Out London

A great shoot: London’s largest living wall breathes fresh life into Victoria – Now. Here. This. – Time Out London | Architecture and Architectural Jobs | Scoop.it
Why don't you leaf the office early today and take the long root home to see London's largest living wall? The huge new green strip on the side of the exclusive Rubens Hotel in Victoria was planted...
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foster + partners complete turin university faculty building

foster + partners complete turin university faculty building | Architecture and Architectural Jobs | Scoop.it
foster + partners complete turin university faculty building, a composition of brushed metal and sky-reflecting glazing, the round-edged campus building sports roof gardens, a massive canopy and a reinterpreted quad.
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