Monthly Archives: November 2017

designboom: Interview with Alison Brooks

At the World Architecture Festival 2017 in Berlin, Alison was interviewed by designboom about our award winning ‘The Smile’ and why she thinks the public should be involved in discussions about architecture.

 

 

At the World Architecture Festival 2017 in Berlin, Alison was interviewed by designboom about our award winning ‘The Smile’ and why she thinks the public should be involved in discussions about architecture.

 

 

Source
designboom
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Wood in Architecture, Milan The Smile

Thu, 12/14/17 , 16:00
Milan, Italy
Milan, Italy (map)

Alison will be presenting The Smile at ‘Wood in Architecture’ in Milan, a seminar jointly organised by American Hardwood Council (AHEC) and The Plan Magazine.

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Alison will be presenting The Smile at ‘Wood in Architecture’ in Milan, a seminar jointly organised by American Hardwood Council (AHEC) and The Plan Magazine.

Alison will be joined by Alex de Rijke, Founder of dRMM presenting the Maggies Centre, Oldham and Andrew Laurence, Director at Arup who will be presenting the Warner Strand.

 

Thu, 12.14.17 , 16:00
Milan, Italy
Milan, Italy
When
Where
Milan, Italy (map)
Website
theplan.it
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The Smile wins Wood Awards ‘Structural Award’ The Smile

The Smile has been awarded the Wood Awards 2017 Structural Award.[more..]

The Smile has been awarded the Wood Awards 2017 Structural Award.

The Awards aim to recognise, encourage and promote outstanding design, craftsmanship and installation using wood.

Conceived as a habitable arc, The Smile was a 3.5m high, 4.5m wide and 34m long curved cross-laminated tulipwood tube that cantilevered 12m in two directions with viewing platforms at both ends. ABA collaborated with The American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC), Arup and the London Design Festival 2016 to present the structure at the Chelsea College of Art Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground.

 

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The Modern Timber House in the UK Herringbone Houses

Herringbone houses features in Peter Wilson’s ‘The Modern Timber House in the UK: New Paradigms and Technologies’, published in September 2017.

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Herringbone houses features in Peter Wilson’s ‘The Modern Timber House in the UK: New Paradigms and Technologies’, published in September 2017.

Uniquely sited in a backlands plot, overlooking a Wandsworth bowling green, Herringbone Houses consists of two 400sqm ‘urban woodland’ houses for developer Lyford Investments. Like a Victorian house turned ‘inside out’, the building’’s herringbone cladding is a traditional timber floor pattern transferred to facades, creating an optical illusion of accordion-like surfaces. Light filled atriums illuminate suspended stairs at the centre of each house; high-ceilinged open-plan spaces interlock with gardens; full basements decrease the footprint but add space.

These houses are a rare example of a developer aiming to match the craftsmanship of neighbouring Victorian villas within a contemporary architectural language. The houses were conceived from the principle of manipulating two continuous planes of timber and graphite render, that extend from exterior to interior, forming walls, floors, external decking and fences.

Copies of the book can be purchased for £35 by contacting Wood for Good.

Publisher
Peter Wilson, Wood for Good, Arcamedia Ltd
Source
Wood for Good
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Studio Manager

Alison Brooks Architects is looking for a studio manager with at least 5 years experience in an architectural practice to join our team in Kentish Town. Alison Brooks Architects is an award-winning architectural practice with an international reputation for delivering design excellence and innovation in projects ranging from urban regeneration and masterplanning to public buildings for the arts, higher education and housing.

The Studio Manager is responsible for the efficient, effective and safe management of the Practice and ensure the well-being of staff and clients, and the successful smooth running of the office including HR, IT, Facilities and managing the office administration.

 

Duties will include, but not limited to:

  • Human Resources; including recruitment, staff appraisals, managing HR files, inductions, training, benefits and managing staff leave (holidays, TOIL, maternity & paternity leave etc.)
  • IT management; including liaison with external IT support, monitoring backup systems, software licenses, managing printers & printer supplies and maintenance contracts
  • assistance with petty cash & credit card reconciliation
  • monitor and ensure timesheets are complete, monitor staff holidays and maintain HR files in the office project and resource management system (Rapport3)
  • managing and maintaining the Quality Management System including ISO 9001 scheduling audits
  • overview of health & safety including fire marshalling
  • ensure company policies are maintained and updated accordingly including the practice handbook
  • maintain excellent office standards, ensuring a tidy environment at all times
  • oversee ad-hoc projects e.g. office renovations, desk moves
  • maintaining company supplier contracts
  • reception duties; including answering calls, greeting clients, preparing meetings, managing office supplies, equipment and post
  • minute taking for practice management meetings
  • arranging CPDs
  • travel arrangements for teams

 

Skills & Experience

  • at least 5 years office management experience within an architectural practice
  • proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Excel
  • InDesign and Photoshop would be an advantage
  • excellent verbal and written communication with a strong attention to detail
  • highly organised, proactive & professional
  • ideally the candidate will be trained in first aid

Alison Brooks Architects is looking for a studio manager with at least 5 years experience in an architectural practice to join our team in Kentish Town. Alison Brooks Architects is an award-winning architectural practice with an international reputation for delivering design excellence and innovation in projects ranging from urban regeneration and masterplanning to public buildings for the arts, higher education and housing.

The Studio Manager is responsible for the efficient, effective and safe management of the Practice and ensure the well-being of staff and clients, and the successful smooth running of the office including HR, IT, Facilities and managing the office administration.

 

Duties will include, but not limited to:

  • Human Resources; including recruitment, staff appraisals, managing HR files, inductions, training, benefits and managing staff leave (holidays, TOIL, maternity & paternity leave etc.)
  • IT management; including liaison with external IT support, monitoring backup systems, software licenses, managing printers & printer supplies and maintenance contracts
  • assistance with petty cash & credit card reconciliation
  • monitor and ensure timesheets are complete, monitor staff holidays and maintain HR files in the office project and resource management system (Rapport3)
  • managing and maintaining the Quality Management System including ISO 9001 scheduling audits
  • overview of health & safety including fire marshalling
  • ensure company policies are maintained and updated accordingly including the practice handbook
  • maintain excellent office standards, ensuring a tidy environment at all times
  • oversee ad-hoc projects e.g. office renovations, desk moves
  • maintaining company supplier contracts
  • reception duties; including answering calls, greeting clients, preparing meetings, managing office supplies, equipment and post
  • minute taking for practice management meetings
  • arranging CPDs
  • travel arrangements for teams

 

Skills & Experience

  • at least 5 years office management experience within an architectural practice
  • proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Excel
  • InDesign and Photoshop would be an advantage
  • excellent verbal and written communication with a strong attention to detail
  • highly organised, proactive & professional
  • ideally the candidate will be trained in first aid
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Alison Brooks to lecture at Greenwich University

Thu, 11/23/17 , 18.30
University of Greenwich
University of Greenwich (map)

As part of Greenwich University’s Hawksmoor International Lecture Series 2017-2018, open to all, Alison Brooks is giving a talk on ‘ The Ideal and the Real – why Civicness is the project’ at the Tessa Blackstone Lecture Theatre, Greenwich on Thursday 23 November.

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As part of Greenwich University’s Hawksmoor International Lecture Series 2017-2018, open to all, Alison Brooks is giving a talk on ‘ The Ideal and the Real – why Civicness is the project’ at the Tessa Blackstone Lecture Theatre, Greenwich on Thursday 23 November.

In her lecture, Alison will speak about the recent and current work of Alison Brooks Architects, including: The Cohen Quadrangle at Oxford University; a high rise urban block in Kings Cross, London, The Smile Pavilion and housing scheme Ely Court, shortlisted for the 2017 Mies Award for contemporary European architecture. She will discuss the notions of civicness and performance, the role of experimental materials and making, and how these can transform both our expectation and everyday experience of cities.

Thu, 11.23.17 , 18.30
University of Greenwich
University of Greenwich
When
Where
University of Greenwich (map)
Website
blogs.gre.ac.uk
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Architecture Masters

Alison Brooks was interviewed by Owen Wainhouse for episode 11 of Architecture Masters, the new podcast from the London Festival of Architecture. In this episode Alison talks about her early experience, her career, current projects and housing in Britain.

 

Alison Brooks was interviewed by Owen Wainhouse for episode 11 of Architecture Masters, the new podcast from the London Festival of Architecture. In this episode Alison talks about her early experience, her career, current projects and housing in Britain.

 

Source
Architecture Masters
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The Smile wins the World Architecture Festival 2017 ‘Display’ award The Smile

The Smile has been awarded the World Architecture Festival’s 2017 Display Award after a vigorous judging process in Berlin on 15 November.

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The Smile has been awarded the World Architecture Festival’s 2017 Display Award after a vigorous judging process in Berlin on 15 November.

Alison Brooks Architects collaborated with The American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC), Arup and the London Design Festival to present this cross-laminated tulipwood structure.

The Smile is one of the Festival’s Landmark Projects in 2016, and was inhabited and explored by the public. The spectacular, curved, tubular timber structure measured 3.5m high, 4.5m wide and 34m long and was effectively a beam curving up at both ends. Showcasing the structural and spatial potential of cross-laminated American tulipwood, The Smile was the first ever ‘mega-tube’ made with construction-sized panels of hardwood CLT.

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World Architecture Festival
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BIM Coordinator

Alison Brooks Architects is recruiting a BIM Coordinator with a minimum three years experience to join its studio in Kentish Town, London.

Alison Brooks Architects are internationally recognised for producing high quality architecture that inventively responds to the context and culture of each project. Our architects provide a bespoke service to each client, working collaboratively with world-class expert consultants to provide a fully integrated design service, and as such candidates must possess – at a minimum the experience, skills and technical expertise set out below:

Key tasks and responsibilities

Working with ABA’s core Team, the candidate will:

  • set up ABA’s BIM Standards
  • ensure the team complies with BIM Standard and BIM Execution Plan
  • responsible for the review of the BIM outputs/objectives agreed with the design, commercial and production teams
  • manage licences and software updates
  • set  up new project structures, Revit files and workflows
  • amend and create Revit templates and parametric families i.e. doors, windows, balconies and other bespoke façade’s elements
  • review consultants Building Information Models – both visual interrogation and detailed interrogation utilising specialist software
  • organise and lead BIM coordination meetings to review clashes
  • ongoing development of in-house BIM capabilities within our technical department
  • provide support to design management team throughout a project
  • support on BIM specific processes and procedures where required
  • produce BIM training documentation for internal and external use

Skills and experience

  • relevant design degree in the UK or overseas
  • advanced Revit user with three/five years’ experience of using Revit as part of a larger team of at least three-five people
  • strong understanding and enthusiasm towards the wider implications of BIM for the construction industry, with specific experience of the standards set to meet BIM Level two
  • an interest in the development of BIM in our industry is essential
  • experience of using other related software including: AutoCAD, Navisworks and  Adobe Creative Suite
  • experience of COBie or other Information Exchange formats
  • specification writing – NBS

The candidate will be based at our Highgate studio and must be eligible to work in the UK.

Alison Brooks Architects is recruiting a BIM Coordinator with a minimum three years experience to join its studio in Kentish Town, London.

Alison Brooks Architects are internationally recognised for producing high quality architecture that inventively responds to the context and culture of each project. Our architects provide a bespoke service to each client, working collaboratively with world-class expert consultants to provide a fully integrated design service, and as such candidates must possess – at a minimum the experience, skills and technical expertise set out below:

Key tasks and responsibilities

Working with ABA’s core Team, the candidate will:

  • set up ABA’s BIM Standards
  • ensure the team complies with BIM Standard and BIM Execution Plan
  • responsible for the review of the BIM outputs/objectives agreed with the design, commercial and production teams
  • manage licences and software updates
  • set  up new project structures, Revit files and workflows
  • amend and create Revit templates and parametric families i.e. doors, windows, balconies and other bespoke façade’s elements
  • review consultants Building Information Models – both visual interrogation and detailed interrogation utilising specialist software
  • organise and lead BIM coordination meetings to review clashes
  • ongoing development of in-house BIM capabilities within our technical department
  • provide support to design management team throughout a project
  • support on BIM specific processes and procedures where required
  • produce BIM training documentation for internal and external use

Skills and experience

  • relevant design degree in the UK or overseas
  • advanced Revit user with three/five years’ experience of using Revit as part of a larger team of at least three-five people
  • strong understanding and enthusiasm towards the wider implications of BIM for the construction industry, with specific experience of the standards set to meet BIM Level two
  • an interest in the development of BIM in our industry is essential
  • experience of using other related software including: AutoCAD, Navisworks and  Adobe Creative Suite
  • experience of COBie or other Information Exchange formats
  • specification writing – NBS

The candidate will be based at our Highgate studio and must be eligible to work in the UK.

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Senior Architect

Alison Brooks Architects is recruiting a senior architect with at least five years experience post RIBA Part-III to join its London team. 

Alison Brooks Architects are internationally recognised for producing high-quality architecture that inventively responds to the context and culture of each project. Our architects provide a bespoke service to each client, working collaboratively with world-class expert consultants to provide a fully integrated design service, and as such candidates must possess, at a minimum the below experience, skills and technical expertise:

Experience and knowledge

  • ARB registered architect
  • a minimum of five years post RIBA Part-III experience in the UK
  • experience leading large, complex projects
  • experience leading teams through RIBA Stages one-seven
  • experience on multi-residential/mixed-use projects desirable
  • thorough knowledge of UK building regulations and planning procedures
  • strong technical expertise and knowledge of current construction methods
  • contract administration and site experience
  • experience writing specifications – NBS

Technical skills

  • advanced Revit user
  • excellent design skills
  • advanced InDesign & Photoshop
  • strong attention to detail
  • construction detailing
  • excellent coordination and organisational skills
  • excellent verbal and written communication

The candidate will be predominantly based at our Highgate studio but may be required to travel and be based on site as and when necessary. Candidates must be eligible to work in the UK.

Please email a CV and concise portfolio in a PDF format not to exceed 5MB. We will not accept hard copies.

Alison Brooks Architects is an equal opportunities employer.

Alison Brooks Architects is recruiting a senior architect with at least five years experience post RIBA Part-III to join its London team. 

Alison Brooks Architects are internationally recognised for producing high-quality architecture that inventively responds to the context and culture of each project. Our architects provide a bespoke service to each client, working collaboratively with world-class expert consultants to provide a fully integrated design service, and as such candidates must possess, at a minimum the below experience, skills and technical expertise:

Experience and knowledge

  • ARB registered architect
  • a minimum of five years post RIBA Part-III experience in the UK
  • experience leading large, complex projects
  • experience leading teams through RIBA Stages one-seven
  • experience on multi-residential/mixed-use projects desirable
  • thorough knowledge of UK building regulations and planning procedures
  • strong technical expertise and knowledge of current construction methods
  • contract administration and site experience
  • experience writing specifications – NBS

Technical skills

  • advanced Revit user
  • excellent design skills
  • advanced InDesign & Photoshop
  • strong attention to detail
  • construction detailing
  • excellent coordination and organisational skills
  • excellent verbal and written communication

The candidate will be predominantly based at our Highgate studio but may be required to travel and be based on site as and when necessary. Candidates must be eligible to work in the UK.

Please email a CV and concise portfolio in a PDF format not to exceed 5MB. We will not accept hard copies.

Alison Brooks Architects is an equal opportunities employer.

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Alison Brooks at World Architecture Festival, Berlin

Wed, 11/15/17 , 12:00
Arena, Berlin
Arena, Berlin

Alison Brooks will be presenting on the main stage at this years World Architecture Festival in Berlin on Wednesday 15 November alongside Jacob Kurek, Partner of Henning Larsen Architects. [more..]

Alison Brooks will be presenting on the main stage at this years World Architecture Festival in Berlin on Wednesday 15 November alongside Jacob Kurek, Partner of Henning Larsen Architects. 

During the session ‘Performance Spaces’, Alison will be presenting four key projects in relation to performance: Quarterhouse, The Smile, Cohen Quad and Ely Court.

Whilst in Berlin Alison will also be presenting our shortlisted project ‘The Smile’ to a panel of judges for the 2017 ‘Small Projects’ Award.

Wed, 11.15.17 , 12:00
Arena, Berlin
Arena, Berlin
When
Where
Arena, Berlin
Website
www.worldarchitecturefestival.com
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Alison Brooks to lecture at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Alison Brooks is presenting a lecture at MIT, Cambridge on ‘The Ideal and the Real – why Civicness is the project’. Alison will be discussing her practice philosophy, techniques and the ideal of ‘civicness’ using current and recently completed projects: The Cohen Quadrangle at Oxford University; a high rise urban block in Kings Cross, London; The Smile Pavilion and housing scheme Ely Court, shortlisted for the 2017 Mies Award for contemporary European architecture.

Alison Brooks is presenting a lecture at MIT, Cambridge on ‘The Ideal and the Real – why Civicness is the project’. Alison will be discussing her practice philosophy, techniques and the ideal of ‘civicness’ using current and recently completed projects: The Cohen Quadrangle at Oxford University; a high rise urban block in Kings Cross, London; The Smile Pavilion and housing scheme Ely Court, shortlisted for the 2017 Mies Award for contemporary European architecture.

When
Website
architecture.mit.edu
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