The Architecture and Construction News Roundup

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The drop in turnover seen by Ken Shuttleworth’s practice Make in 2017. The practice saw its turnover fall from £20.1m in 2016 to £17.8m in 2017, which it attributes to uncertainty caused by Brexit


The budget of Capital Hill Residence, the only private residential design by Zaha Hadid, which has just been completed in Russia. The neo-futuristic building is located in a forest two miles west of Moscow.

2 billion

The number of new homes needed across the world in the next 80 years based on projected population growth rates, suggesting the need for a radical increase in the number of homes being built across the world.


The percentage of construction employers in the UK who consider EU working vital to maintaining and expanding their workforce, according to research by the Federation of Master Builders


20,000 square meters

The area of a planned tropical greenhouse designed by Coldefy & Associates, which when built in Pas-de-Calis, France, will be the largest single-domed greenhouse in the world. It will include a 1km-long walking trail and a 25m-high waterfall.

Top Stories:

The Key Architecture News This Month

Richard Meier Accused of Sexual Harassment

Pritzker Prize-winning architect Richard Meier has taken a six-month leave of absence following allegations of sexual harassment from five women. The allegations, which were published in the New York Times, have ignited a discussion about equality in architecture, which remains male-dominated.

Source: Dezeen

David Shalev: 1934 – 2018

Celebrated cultural architect and former Architectural Association tutor David Shalev has died. He is best known for designing the Tate St Ives, a Cornish outpost of the British gallery commissioned in 1989. Other notable works include Bede Museum in Jarrow and Truro Crown Courts, which won the 1988 RIBA Building of the Year.

Source: The Guardian

Balkrishna Doshi Wins Pritzker Prize

90 year-old Indian architect Balkrishna Doshi has been announced as the winner of the 2018 Pritzker prize, architect’s highest accolade. A low-cost housing pioneer who has previously worked with Le Corbusier, Doshi has played a vital role in the architectural development of post-independence India.

Source: FT

2017 Stirling Prize Winner Put on Sale

Hastings Pier, the winner of the 2017 RIBA Stirling Prize for Architecture, has been unexpectedly put on sale after the charity set up to oversee its operation went into administration at the end of 2017. At present there is no word on a buyer, with administrators saying they are considering all offers.

Source: BBC

Mergers and Moves:

Industry happenings from around the globe

Mark Lee Appointed as Harvard GSD Architecture Chair

Mark Lee, principal and founding partner at Johnston Marklee Architects, has been appointed chair of Harvard Graduate School of Design’s Department of Architecture. Lee has been teaching at Harvard GSD since 2013, and succeeds K. Michael Hays who has taught at the university since 1998.

Source: ArchDaily

RSG Architects Becomes Part of E4H in Healthcare Merger

Healthcare architects E4H Environments for Healthcare Architecture has merged with RSG Architects, a medical facilities specialist based in Virginia, US. Now operating collectively as E4H, the merger sees RSG continue to operate independently but with access to the group’s offices across the US.

Source: Boston Real Estate Times

Eva Franch Named Director of Architectural Association School of Architecture

The London-based Architectural Association School of Architecture has named Eva Franch as its new director, making her the first woman to hold the position. Franch previously held the position of chief curator and executive director of New York’s Storefront for Art and Architecture.

Source: Architect Magazine

Perkins+Will Tasks Former State Department Design Chief with Shaping Civic Strategy

Global architecture firm Perkins+Will has appointed Casey Jones, the former director of design excellence at the US Department of State, as the firm’s chief international strategist for civic architecture. As part of the role, Jones will oversee best practice for public space and building design.

Source: Perkins+Will

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