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    World's first biological house opens in Denmark

    The world's first 'biological house' , appropriately located in the town of Middelfart in Denmark, has opened its doors to visitors, setting a new high standard for eco-friendly buildings. A biological house is typically built with upcycled...

    London architect suspended over spat with client

    London-based Nicholas John of Nicholas John Architects has been suspended by the Architects Registration Board’s Professional Conduct Committee (PCC) for two years, after being found guilty of unacceptable professional conduct. The PCC heard...

    SBD launches scheme to help specifiers comply with new physical security requirements

    This October sees the introduction new minimum physical security requirements with the publication of Building Regulation Approved Document Q (ADQ) . From then, all new homes must meet minimum standards for the attack resistance of doors, windows...

    Pyroguard launches new website for architects and specifiers

    Pyroguard, the fire resistant glass manufacturer, has launched www.pyroguard.eu , a new website for architects, project partners and trade customers. The new site includes a Product Selector tool, which aims to streamline the specification process...

    Bletchley architect fined £4000 for failure to communicate costings

    The ARB has found Bletchley architect Alan Budden of Eco Design Consultants guilty of unacceptable professional conduct and serious professional incompetence, and issued him with a £4,000 penalty order. Mr Budden was instructed to alter and extend...
  • 60% of Brits embarrassed about their homes

    A survey carried out by a mouldable glue manufacturer, Sugru has found that nearly 60% of us are embarrassed about the state of our homes. The study of 2,000 homeowners found that whilst 25% are only really worried about one room or area of their house...

    Lincs architect fined by ARB after police caution for assault

    The ARBs Professional Conduct Committee has found Dr Jeremy Harrall of Spalding, Lincolnshire guilty of unacceptable professional conduct and fined him £500 after he was cautioned by police for assault following an altercation after a planning committee...

    ARB and RIBA urge profession to provide equality and diversity data

    The ARB is asking all registrants to take part in an equality and diversity survey covering ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion and disability in the profession. The Public Sector Equality Duty, which was established by the Equality Act...

    Ascot architect reprimanded for not having PI insurance

    The ARB’s Professional Conduct Committee has reprimanded Mr Stephen Algar of Ascot, Berkshire after finding him guilty of unacceptable professional conduct for not carrying professional indemnity insurance. The PCC heard that Mr Algar had been...

    UK cafe named amongst best designed in the world

    Design website Design Curial has named East Beach Cafe in West Sussex as one of ten best designed coffee houses in the world. Set in the sleepy seaside town of Littlehampton, West Sussex, the design beat off cafes as far afield as Tokyo and New York...
  • New book celebrates freehand drawing in architecture

    Routledge has published a new book celebrating the art of freehand drawing. Drawing from Practice explores and illuminates the ways that 26 diverse and reputable architects use freehand drawing to shape the world around us. Author J. Michael Welton...

    Work finishes on UK's first zero energy retail building

    Emission-zero has announced the completion of the UK's first zero energy retail building. The new 'eco-pod' which is situated at the Wrekin Retail Park in Telford, represents the fruits of a collaboration between architects Emission-zero...
  • Xaviate launches 3d modelling service using drones

    Brighton based aerial works company, Xaviate, has launched a new service which uses drones in combination with high definition cameras to create accurate 3D models. The company says the new service is proving to be a game changer in the mapping industry...

    The RIBA responds to the Conservatives' election manifesto

    The RIBA has responded to the launch of the Conservative Party’s 2015 General Election Manifesto. Discussing the issues of Housing, Planning, Schools Building and Flood Defences – all key components of the RIBA's #BuildaBetterBritain...

    The RIBA responds to Labour's election manifesto

    The RIBA has responded to the launch of the Labour Party’s 2015 General Election Manifesto. Discussing the issues of Housing, Planning, Schools Building and Flood Defences – all key components of the RIBA’s #BuildaBetterCampaign –...

    New CDM regulations come into force

    The new Construction (Design and Management) (CDM) regulations came into force today, and the Health and Safety Executive has provided a number of information resources to download. HSE says the new regulations are designed to: sensibly plan...

    RIAS/RIBA announce shortlist for 2015 awards

    The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) has announced a 24 strong shortlist for its 2015 awards. The judging panel for this year, chaired by Iain Dickson PPRIAS, also includes Julia Barfield, Marks Barfield, London (representing the...

    New book shows how small houses can make a big impression

    Routledge has published BIG Little House , a book which celebrates the benefits of small housing. In the book, award-winning practicing US architect Donna Kacmar introduces twenty real-life examples of small houses. Each project is less than 1,000...

    New guide charts the making of the modern home

    The NHBC Foundation has published a new guide, co-authored by Richards Partington Architects , which charts the history of the modern home from Victorian times to the digital age. Homes through the decades: the making of modern housing examines the...

    Architecture Season at Hauser & Wirth Somerset

    Hauser & Wirth Somerset has launched a season of exhibitions, events and installations to explore the boundary where art and architecture meet and cross over, and a competition for young architects to redesign and develop an out-building in Bruton...

    Architectural estate agency launches new website

    The Modern House, which describes itself as "Britain's premier architectural estate agency", has launched a new website ( themodernhouse.net ) and brand identity. The website brings together the properties the company has for sale in...

    Planning applications climbing ... slowly

    The Department for Communities and Local Government has released the latest planning data which shows that 472,600 planning applications were received in the year to December 2014, up one per cent on the previous year, but still well below the peak of...

    Architect fined £2000 for failure to get building consents

    The ARB’s Professional Conduct Committee has fined Graham Milsom, an architect from Abergavenney, £2000 after finding him guilty of unacceptable professional conduct. The complaint arose from work to convert a building damaged by fire,...

    Ibstock supporting architects of the future

    Brick maker Ibstock is helping students at the Manchester School of Architecture to explore the full potential of brick as part of an innovative exhibition project. As part of the project – Innovative Assembly – fifth year students have...

    New company showcases reclaimed brick slips

    Brick Tiles Nationwide, a new company offering reclaimed brick slips, showcased its product at Ecobuild last week for the first time. Aside from the aesthetic value of the product, the company also highlights its green credentials. The slips are made...