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AIA UK Newsletter
No 75 - May 2015

2015 AIA UK Excellence in Design Awards Winners Announced

by Frederick Grier on Apr 28, 2015 

The 21st Annual AIA UK Excellence in Design Awards was held on Tuesday, 28th April, at the Magazine Restaurant in the Zaha Hadid designed Serpentine Sackler Gallery. During the champagne and cocktail reception prior to the awards ceremony, over 120 distinguished guests joined the chapter in recognizing the terrific efforts and astonishing talent on display throughout the restaurant.

This year’s jury was headed by Fred Manson, Associate Director of Heatherwick Studio, and included a versatile mix of members including Brett Steele, Director of AA School of Architecture and Owen Pritchard, Technical Editor of Architects’ Journal. Mr Manson, along with members of the jury including Alison Brooks, Founding Director of Alison Brooks Architects, conferred certificates [...]

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AIA Grassroots Leadership and Legislative Conference

by Frederick Grier on Apr 24, 2015 

The AIA Grassroots Leadership and Legislative Conference offers opportunities for leaders from every AIA regional, state and local chapter throughout the US and the around the globe. This year’s conference was held in Washington DC, over a cold and snowy three days in early March. The AIA UK Chapter joined the other international chapters, and hundreds of state and local chapter leaders for meetings, workshops and lectures centred on development, advocacy, and messaging for the promotion and success of our shared industry.

2014 was an extraordinary year for the AIA, laying a foundation for future growth and propelling the organization into the 21st Century. The ‘Look Up’ marketing [...]

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Facade Lecture Series - Tensile Fabric Architecture

by Lorraine King on Dec 01, 2014 

The December Façade Series lecture stretched the concept of “façade” by including tensile fabric being used for what might more accurately be described as a building “roof” – a roof in the case of the Serpentine Sackler Gallery that has been literally stretched to become the primary building envelope. The lecture came in two parts, with senior representatives of both Zaha Hadid Architects and Architen Landrell Associates - the specialist tensile structure designer and fabricator – discussing how their technical and creative collaboration brought about this unique building.

Jason Smith, Architen Landrell’s American Engineer and Business Development Manager, led off with an explanation of the elemental shapes of  [...]

Facade Lecture Series - Glass as a Building Material

by Lorraine King on Mar 10, 2015 

The latest lecture in the Façade Series - presented by Ralf Scheurer, Architect and International Sales Engineer for Sedak GmbH & Co (part of the Seele Group of Companies, Gersthofen, Germany) - was subtitled “New Developments in Processing. “ After a general overview of the historic development and capabilities of building glass, Ralf concentrated on how Sedak’s commitment to advancing glass technology has been pushing these capabilities to their limits.

Along the way, we learned about the critical glass technical issues and what the different processes – annealing, heat strengthening, tempering, etc. - were [...]

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Building Tour - Francis Crick Institute

by Elizabeth Waters on Mar 05, 2015 


On 5 March 2015, Fred Pilbrow of Pilbrow & Partners and Andy Smith, Construction Director, led an informative and inspirational tour of the Francis Crick Institute for the AIA UK chapter, which is currently under construction and in close proximity to St. Pancras station. The design of the world-leading centre for biomedical research was a collaboration between HOK and PLP Architecture while Fred Pilbrow was a design partner at PLP. PLP was invited to collaborate with HOK architects on the development of the design with a particular focus on external massing, public realm design and façade treatment.

The building, which was named in honour of British scientist Francis Crick [...]
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Building Tour - The Royal Society of Arts

by Michael Lischer on May 07, 2015 


On Thursday evening May 7th, chapter members and guests toured a building familiar with many of our members. The Royal Society of Art's building on John Adams Street in London was host to many AIA UK events in the 1990s. Founded in 1754, the RSA was the first of many learned societies to emerge from the Age of Enlightenment in the 18th century and counted luminaries like Benjamin Franklin as members. Realizing they needed a purpose built headquarters, the RSA commissioned the top "starchitect" of the day, John Adams to design their new building in 1774.

Several adjacent houses and a tavern were added to the property over [...]
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Movie Night - The Edge of Possible

by Chris Musangi on Feb 18, 2015 


Our first movie night of the year was the sold out screening of ‘The Edge of the Possible’, which charts the dramatic course of the creation of a the iconic Sydney Opera House building, and includes a rare interview with Jorn Utzon as he reflects on his role in the compelling story of the conception and construction of the Sydney Opera House. Jorn Utzon, Denmark’s most celebrated architect, was awarded the first prize in an international architecture competition to design an Opera House for Sydney. In 1957 he flew to Australia to begin work on the construction of the greatest building Australia has ever seen and, indeed, one of the finest achievements of modern architecture. Utzon was forced from the project in 1966 after nine years of work on the Opera House. Utzon fled Australia with his young family and never returned.

Movie Night - Coast Modern

by Chris Musangi on Mar 18, 2015 


The second movie night took us to the West Coast of North America with ‘Coast Modern’, a documentary which showcases the pioneers of West Coast Modernist Architecture, and the homes that have become their legacies. Attendees were able to step inside the most inspired dwellings on the west coast, and feel how the light and space of a classic Modernist home can work together with the natural environment. The relaxed journey took us across three generations of Modernist architecture, featuring images from legendary photographer Julius Shulman. The movie nights shall resume in the Autumn with even more exciting titles and debates. We look forward to having you join us!
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Legal Lecture IV 

by Michael Lischer FAIA on May 23, 2015 

An increasing number of projects are design-build with the contractor being responsible for preparing the design and managing the design team.  This often means the architect starts working for the client, then finds him or herself novated to and working for the contractor. The process of novation is full of pitfalls for the unwary architect!

Novation was the topic for the fourth in the AIA UK's series of legal seminars. Presented by solicitors from Beale and Company, this event took place at Herman Miller's London showroom on April 15th.Solicitors Andrew Croft and Ben Mullard presented a lively and informative discussion about novation [...]

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AIA International Region(IR) Update

by Etain Fitzpatrick on Jun 26, 2014 

On June 26th the AIA International Region held its first Annual General Meeting at the AIA Convention. The meeting was well attended with over thirty people present, including AIA UK representatives, Secretary Etain Fitzpatrick, AIA and AIA UK President Justin Cratty, AIA.

AIA IR President Christine Bruckner, FAIA, gave an overview of the progress of the AIA IR to date and announced the AIA International Region Awards program to be launched at the end of the summer...

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