I’ve just been assigned to the Nationwide team, which is a UK wide re-brand/refurbishment project.
I’m also working with the engineering department on the Rockwool project in Brigend. Planning was recently approved and work is due to commence on site very soon.
That’s actually a very large engineering project, so the involvement of the architecture team is very much to do with planning and assisting with the design of a number of buildings.
I’m also working on a care home in Essex and we’ve just got planning permission for a golf club-house in Buckinghamshire, which I’m looking forward to.
7. What do you think the future holds for architecture?
Good question. Moving forward, there will be a greater focus on delivering exactly what the client needs. Unfortunately, more and more companies are seeking more cost-effective ways of delivering buildings through contractors, effectively bypassing the architect.
The role of the architect is certainly changing – it’s seems to be less about the aesthetics and more about the practicalities of a building.
Sustainability is also a major issue, in particular building energy use and material waste. Communicating the importance of sustainability in architecture to clients is one of our key tasks, and something that architects in general need to push more.
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