Addressing a national problem

Nicolas Maari of multi-disciplinary firm Pellings looks at the challenges for designers around providing interim accommodation for the homeless Homelessness is an ongoing and growing problem, with the number of homeless people increasing by a third between 2012 and 2018.... View Article

Ask the Architect: Alberto Basaglia

Alberto Basaglia, co-founder of Italian firm Basaglia + Rota Nodari Studio, answers ADF’s questions on what influences his designs, the importance of balance, and sustainability Why did you become an architect? When I was a kid, I made a sofa-exercise-bike... View Article

A clearer view of safety

Listen here. Among the functions performed by glass and glazing systems as part of the building envelope, fire safety and protecting lives are critical. Darren Wainwright of SE Controls explains systems’ roles in addressing smoke control and compliance issues Within... View Article

Career opportunities for architecture graduates

Some degrees do not lead to a specific job – the best examples include degrees from the humanities or arts – while other degrees such as medical degrees or law degrees lead to particular roles. An architectural degree is somewhere... View Article

Office design – placing nature in the mix

Biophilic design has become firmly entrenched in the modern office psyche in recent years as the office evolves and we take on a more people-focused approach to its design. Cyril Parsons of Office Principles, considers the various means in which... View Article

The great advantages of vinyl flooring for kitchens

Many would agree that one of the busiest rooms in your home is your kitchen. In the kitchen, your family will start and end their day, guests will be entertained, and relentless domestic tasks will be accomplished. The flooring is... View Article

What should you look for in door locks?

Door hardware like door handles and locks are critical to our safety and impact our quality of life every time we’re struggling to get the door open. Yet many people keep the door hardware that came with their home or... View Article

An Active Resolution for 2020

At the start of each year it’s customary to make resolutions for the year ahead which, it is hoped, will encourage positive changes. Of course, for all the best intentions, after a few days, weeks or (occasionally) months, these commitments... View Article

View Point: Anthony Thistleton

Architect Anthony Thistleton gives the lowdown on the carbon realities of timber, and explains why misconceptions around CLT on fire safety grounds need to be corrected As the world finally wakes up to the task ahead in mitigating climate breakdown, there... View Article

Practice Profile: Assembledge+

Already having wide-ranging expertise, Hollywood, USA-based practice Assembledge+ saw its urban planning capabilities greatly enhanced when the founder took the unusual step of recruiting his father to join him. Sébastien Reed reports After graduating with a Bachelors and Master’s degree... View Article

The dynamics of a building

Today, the lines between different segments have blurred, and buildings are adopting a variety of identities, which may reflect the characteristics of various segment designs. Here, Marijke Griffioen, Senior Designer at Forbo Flooring Systems, discusses these trends and how the... View Article

Let the sunshine in but keep the heat out

Solar Control Glasses: From a luxurious item in the age of fossil fuel to a new benchmark in the era of climate change. The air at the earth’s surface has already warmed up considerably. In 2016, the mean global near-surface... View Article

Choosing the right generators for home use

In recent years there has been an increase in severe weather events — typhoons, Hurricanes, Storms, wildfires, and flooding. Global warming is having an impact, and it is predicted to get worse. It is more likely that you will have... View Article

From little acorns Active Buildings grow

2020 promises to be an exciting year for the construction industry, particularly for architects with whom green and sustainable practices are rapidly starting to take root. One such system is the ‘Active Building’ approach, pioneered by the government-backed SPECIFIC and... View Article

A guide to providing an extension for your Irish house

As you know, the Irish are known to be simple people relatively in their culture, lifestyle, and decision-making processes. This ease to life is further noticed in the choice designs for mass housing schemes. These architectural designs show the complexity... View Article

View Point: Kelly Watson of Hatch Regeneris

With architects increasingly asked to demonstrate the added value of their work, Dr Kelly Watson of Hatch Regeneris discusses how they can more explicitly harness the wider social value of projects The social value agenda has visibly gained prominence and... View Article

Ask the Architect: Jo Cowen

Jo Cowen, founder of Jo Cowen Architects, explains her ethos for managing a practice and what drives her as a designer Why did you decide to found your own practice in 2012? I have always had the ambition of starting... View Article

Practice Profile: Simone de Gale Architects

An agile firm with an open-minded remit, Simone de Gale Architects champions a wide range of design typologies, innovation in materials, and diversity in architecture. The practice’s founder speaks to Sébastien Reed Simone de Gale Architects founded her practice in... View Article