Indoor air quality: the key to a healthy home

Patrick Calvey from Siegenia looks at the importance of air quality within buildings, and the role ventilation has to play in wellness Wellbeing and the creation of ‘healthy’ homes are topics that have recently gained considerable traction within architectural circles,... 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

Stairway to historic results

Milbank Concrete Products describe how a precast concrete stair design provided a practical as well as unique result, for a high-end conversion of an Art Deco cinema The Denham Film Studios are a collection of 224 conversion and new build... View Article

Strong enough for a big finish

Kelvin Green of Saint-Gobain Weber explains why render is more than just a decorative feature, and explores the best options for properties built in challenging locations Over recent years, render has had a resurgence in popularity. Modern renders offer more... View Article

Experience insight and innovation at Architect@Work

An impressive list of industry experts from architecture, development and the arts are set to share their knowledge alongside ‘curated innovations’ at the event dedicated to architects, being held in London from 29 – 30 January The two-day trade event... View Article

Building independence

A new centre for a disability charity consolidates its existing buildings and combines therapy areas with a homely residential environment, supporting the development of the organisation’s specialist care provision. Jack Wooler speaks to architect Edd Rushton A new Care and... View Article

Underground overtures

The new concert hall designed by Studio Seilern Architects for a Swiss ski village evolved from humble subterranean origins into a striking composition, opening up the building to the world’s leading orchestras Andermatt is a small ski resort village of... View Article

Working together to harness the benefits of innovation

David Hulme of Square 4 Services discusses the value of roof trades and architects collaborating to ensure that roofing systems achieve design innovation and maximum performance potential Historically, rooftops have served a primary purpose of providing shelter for buildings, but... 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 devil is in the detail: fire protection processes for timber

Howard Morris at Trade Fabrication Systems explores the relative performance benefits of fire-retardant surface coatings and pressure treatments for timber, and explains the merits of an alternative process Admired for its rustic appearance, strength and cost, timber is an attractive... View Article

Overcoming urban space and time challenges

Apartment living is on the rise, posing challenges for construction professionals when it comes to delivering residential units on time in compact footprints; Richard Bateman from RWC discusses solutions that can help architects Due to the rapid economic, demographic and... View Article

Adding value to fenestration design

Ian Osborne of Kestrel Aluminium Systems explains how the aluminium industry has evolved to reduce waste and optimise production, enabling the material to compete with PVCu in a range of sectors The increasing preference for aluminium in window and doorframe... View Article

Lifting architectural barriers

Sean O’Sullivan explores how platform lifts can overcome architectural barriers and help create inclusive design solutions within workspaces Achieving the Government’s target to get one million more disabled people into work by 2027 is largely dependent on the number of... 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

Understanding green roofs

The demand for green roof technologies is ramping up, yet they are complex structures that require understanding; luckily a range of information sources are available to architects and specifiers. Amanda de Sousa of BMI UK & Ireland explains more According... View Article

Why the UK’s cafe culture needs less reverb

Paul Absolon of CMS Danskin Acoustics looks at solutions to reverberation problems in noisy cafes, which are increasingly prevalent in the UK The proliferation of coffee shops over the last few decades can’t have escaped anyone’s attention. Even before the... View Article

Opportunity knocks for flood defence solutions

With increased frequency of flooding being experienced across the UK in recent years, Kevin Kiernan of Bowater Doors looks at the impact of climate change and what architects need to consider in specifying flood defence doors The weather remains one... View Article