Date posted: Tuesday 17 July 2018
Director, Rupert Cook has been invited to join the Equilibrium Network, an inter-disciplinary collaboration of built environment professionals and those working in client organisations. The Network, which is led by a steering group of successful women, aims to address the attrition rates of women professionals in the industry and promote gender diversity around the board room tables of organisations working across the built environment.
Membership is extended to senior men and women who are creating the built environment and who are known to be influential across the professions and the industry at large. Members are asked to commit to being an accessible role model, promoting diversity both within their own organisations and through external networks. To advocate the business benefits of gender balance at senior level. And to mentor and support aspiring future female leaders to enable them to achieve their leadership potential.
For more information please visit equilibrium-network.com
Date posted: Tuesday 10 July 2018
Each year ArchitecturePLB welcome work experience students from local schools. Last week Architect Darren Wilson and Architectural Assistant Kwan Vo mentored Lottie in our London Studio.
Date posted: Friday 25 May 2018
We are looking for Part I and Part II Architectural Assistants to join our London and Winchester Studios. We have some exciting projects on the horizon and can offer a wide range of experience within a supportive environment. If you are interested in joining the team please see our job descriptions; Part I Architectural Assistant and Part II Architectural Assistant.
We look forward to receiving your application by Friday 29th June. Please send the relevant information to email@example.com.
Date posted: Thursday 29 March 2018
Architects Tom Hayes, Anna Osbourne, Andy Joyce and Jo DeSyllas have recently enjoyed mentoring two students from the University of Portsmouth through the RIBA Student Mentorship programme. Tom Ellis and Marcus Cooper told us how they found the experience:
Date posted: Wednesday 28 March 2018
We were well fed by the Winchester team throughout the day, and there was a vast array of home made cake and dessert on offer!
As usual the day ended in a team building activity. This time we were tasked with building a boat propelled by a simple steam powered engine which could carry two eggs along a stretch of plastic guttering. Points were awarded for speed, creativity and egg-based puns.
Date posted: Wednesday 14 March 2018
ArchitecturePLB is welcoming applications from Architects and Senior Architects with BIM and Revit experience to join our growing London studio.
We look forward to receiving your applications by Friday 6th April.
Date posted: Thursday 8 March 2018
ArchitecturePLB is supporting London Festival of Architecture’s Elephant Campaign, which aims to stamp out discriminatory behavior in the built environment and encourage industry leaders to commit to positive change. Please visit their website for information, pledge to acknowledge ‘the elephant in the room’ and take steps to challenge outdated attitudes, ensuring that the property industry is safe and welcoming for everyone. To show support, practices, and other companies working in the industry are sharing creative elephants on Twitter and Instagram.
Date posted: Tuesday 12 December 2017
With new commissions and bid successes we are welcoming a number of new staff to the practice. The London studio has gained a new Senior Architect, Wyn Gilley. Wyn brings with him a depth of experience from a wide range of projects in both the residential and education sectors.
Two new Part I architectural assistants have also joined us in the second half of the year, George Knipe in our London Studio and Fern Roberts in Winchester. We are currently in the process of recruiting for both architectural assistants and architects, and we hope to welcome these new team members in the new year.
We are also celebrating the success of Andy Joyce and Anna Osbourne, who are the latest team member to attain fully qualified Architect status having completed their RIBA Part III this year.
Date posted: Tuesday 28 November 2017
ArchitecturePLB have an opportunity for an architect in our London office. If you have three years post qualification experience we can offer you new design opportunities working on exciting projects in a friendly and collaborative environment.
Please view our job description for more information or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to receiving your application by Friday 8th December.
Date posted: Wednesday 1 November 2017
Due to an expanding project portfolio we are looking to recruit talented and experienced RIBA Part II Architectural Assistants to join our London and Winchester teams to assist in the design and delivery of an exciting range of projects.
Please see our job description for more details. Closing date Friday 24th November.
Date posted: Wednesday 8 February 2017
ArchitecturePLB is pleased to announce the promotion of Paul Phasey from Senior Architect to Associate. Since joining ArchitecturePLB in 2004, Paul has developed an expertise in sustainable design and is an accredited Passivhaus Designer.
Date posted: Tuesday 13 December 2016
We are saddened to learn that John Browning, one of the founding partners of the practice, passed away recently. John led and was involved in a range of projects, many of which achieved national recognition including RIBA and Civic Trust awards, as well as accolades at local level through amenity groups such as the Winchester Trust.
Date posted: Friday 9 December 2016
Tom Hayes and Callum Lewis-Laverty are the latest members of the ArchitecturePLB team to successfully attain fully qualified architect status. Their achievement maintains our 100% track record for staff qualifying as architects, reflecting the practice’s commitment to fully supporting staff in their professional development. Congratulations Callum and Tom!
Date posted: Friday 24 July 2015
This year our annual practice study day took place in East London. We began with a boat cruise from Westminster to Greenwich, an opportunity to observe the capital’s diverse architectural styles from a unique vantage point. Unconventional views continued with a trip to the top of the Orbit tower in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Lunch was followed by an urban design tour of the new housing developments of East Village and Chobham Manor, as well as the more familiar sporting arenas. The day concluded with discussion of all we had seen over delicious pizzas and craft ales in the arts quarter of Hackney Wick.
Date posted: Wednesday 22 July 2015
Three new starters graduated on Friday from Portsmouth University. Paul Moss, Liam Whitfield and Anna Osborne. Paul completed his BA Hons. His project investigated how the power of good architecture can have a real social impact on the lives of people from vastly different social groups, creating a place of unity and giving through an interpretation of the Food bank.
Date posted: Thursday 25 June 2015
ArchitecturePLB has been named in the Architect’s Journal list of the top 120 architectural practices in the country. ArchitecturePLB are delighted to be ranked amongst the top practices again this year, reflecting continued success across all sectors.
Date posted: Wednesday 10 June 2015
With new commissions and bid successes we are welcoming a number of new staff to the practice. A new Senior Architect will expand the skills and experience of our London team, while in Winchester we have appointed three Architectural Assistant and an Architect, and welcomed back Architectural Technician Chris Nash. We have also recognised staff development through two promotions; Stephen Belcher has been promoted to Senior Architect and we have acknowledged the growing management role of our Finance Manager Alison Taylor through promotion and expansion of her remit to Company Secretary.
Date posted: Tuesday 9 June 2015
Congratulations to ArchitecturePLB’s touch rugby team that took part in this year’s Southampton Commercial Property Mixed Rugby Tournament.
After a slow start, the team rallied with strong wins against Clarke Willmott LLP and AECOM and narrowly missed out on the semi-finals.
Date posted: Tuesday 17 February 2015
Our Housing team will be heading down to the south coast in early March for the annual CIH South East Conference & Exhibition at The Brighton Centre. ArchitecturePLB are sponsoring the 3 day event starting on Tuesday 3rd March. There will be a full programme of presentations, masterclasses and think tanks. One of the ArchitecturePLB team will be present throughout to digest and discuss recent innovations and best practice within the sector.
Visit the CIH website to view a list of confirmed speakers and the detailed programme of events.
Date posted: Friday 19 December 2014
Having completed his training course in October this year, Paul Phasey has now been officially designated as a Certified PassivHaus Designer by the Passivhaus Institute. Paul will soon be featured on the list of Certified PassivHaus Designers and Consultants found on the PHI’s website www.passivehouse-designer.org
Date posted: Friday 28 November 2014
Congratulations to Architectural Assistant Tom Hayes in our Winchester office who was recently awarded an RIBA Student Award for his Part II project, ‘Branching Out’.
His project seeks to explore the role of Botanic Gardens in society through developing abandoned housing sites in Estepona, Spain. The project aims to integrate the existing economies of agriculture and tourism in order to revitalise this area of the Andalusian coast.
You can read more about the project here.
Date posted: Wednesday 26 November 2014
Congratulations to Architectural Assistant Dan Trenholme in our London studio who has been awarded the prestigious RIBA London Student Award for his RIBA Part I work. His work focused on the redevelopment of the Heygate Estate in Southwark; relocating the adjacent shopping centre and combining with residential units and city farms to create an alternative, self-sufficient community. Dan presented his work to the office on Friday afternoon, followed by lively debate amongst all staff about the concept and admiration of the intricate hand drawn plans.
Date posted: Friday 24 October 2014
Autumn Practice Day took place in our Winchester studio again this year. A summary of the last 6 months, current business development activity and objectives for the future was provided from the directors. Project architects presented the status of the various projects within our current diverse sector spread, from Schools and Housing to Commercial and Colleges and Universities. A delicious spread of savoury and sweet supplements were provided by willing staff from both studios. There was time at the end of the day for a team photograph and a chance to share images which we found particularly inspiring.
Date posted: Monday 20 October 2014
Last week our London studio traveled to Moor Park to view site progress of the new Design and Technology building at Merchant Taylors’ School. The new facility will provide classrooms, workshop and flexible ‘breakout’ spaces, whilst also improving pedestrian access across the site. The building incorporates cross laminated timber (CLT) panels within the structure allowing the building fabric to be used as a teaching tool for the school, as detailed in the original brief. The visit provided a valuable learning opportunity for some of our new recruits, introducing them to some of the modern construction methods.
Date posted: Thursday 11 September 2014
ArchitecturePLB have become one of the founding members of the Residential Construction Network. Already members of the Education Construction Network, the practice are keen to join the current debate on the housing crisis – the lack of provision, sustainability, the planning process, affordability, the use of the greenbelt and the ageing population. Alongside our other memberships and initiatives in this sector, we value this opportunity to explore the future of our industry and look forward to contributing with new research and innovative design solutions to address these issues.
Date posted: Wednesday 13 August 2014
Our Green Office Group are delighted that their hard work and achievements have been recognised in a glowing report from the auditor who undertook our ISO14001 Audit in July. Our ISO14001 certification was renewed and the following comments made in the auditors report: “Excellent management of the systems documents and records [….] All equipment to be purchased has energy saving attributes and there is good recycling being conducted. Top Management are proactive in their approach to environmental management. The way the system is managed makes it easy to follow and a pleasure to audit.”
Date posted: Tuesday 29 July 2014
ArchitecturePLB Director Rachel Shaw has been invited to continue her membership of Southwark Design Review Panel. Rachel has been a member of the panel since its inception in 2006 when it was one of the first local authority design review panels in London. The past 8 years have seen major changes in the built environment in Southwark, giving the opportunity to be involved in the review of a range of interesting development proposals.
Date posted: Tuesday 22 July 2014
It is the time of year when we invest time and energy in the possible architects of the future. We have enjoyed having four Year 11 and year 12 students from various schools with us for work experience placements. As well as taking the students to meetings and site visits we set each student a mini design project which they undertake with guidance from a mentor. Director Rupert Cook took part in an careers event at his old school to give year 12 students an outline of Architecture as a career.
Date posted: Friday 11 July 2014
This years Practice summer study trip was held at Hayling Island Sailing Club; an appropriate destination as a result of the recent design competition win for Parkstone Yacht Club in Poole. As well as a visit around the club facilities, the day involved team building activities of windsurfing and dinghy sailing, including an introduction to racing. The two studios enjoyed a barbecue lunch together on the balcony, with the whole day providing a great opportunity to catch up and share project progress on a beautiful day on the south coast.
Date posted: Monday 16 June 2014
On Monday 16th June ArchitecturePLB directors, Nick Mirchandani and Rupert Cook delivered a model making workshop for two Hampshire primary schools on the theme of ‘Workspaces’.
It was delivered in conjunction with as part of the Live Work Play initiative, alongside the exhibition currently being held at the Discovery Centre in Winchester. The exhibition is an RIBA initiative to showcase recent work by Hampshire based architects.
Date posted: Tuesday 10 June 2014
ArchitecturePLB, Director Rupert Cook will be delivering a presentation as part of the ‘Learning Environments: Future-Proofing our Education Spaces’ conference on Tuesday 1st July at the new Central St Martins facility in Granary Square.
Rupert will explore key themes of the conference using the Teaching and Resource Centre, Royal Veterinary College as a case study.
Follow this link for further details.
Date posted: Thursday 29 May 2014
This year’s AJ100 rankings have been published, with ArchitecturePLB placed 94th in the top 100 architectural practices in the UK. For more detailed information visit the AJ website here
Date posted: Friday 2 May 2014
ArchitecturePLB’s Green Sky Thinking Week event ‘Skeleton Safari – Adding Value Through Passive Retrofit’ at the Royal Veterinary College was well attended despite the tube strike. The event was held in the Social Learning Space designed by ArchitecturePLB. Along with other design team members and the client we presented how the project was developed to bring maximum value to the campus in the most sustainable way. Themes included lean materials and engineering, passive ventilation design and design to maximise natural daylight.
Date posted: Wednesday 16 April 2014
This year’s AUDE conference took place at Roehampton University attended by a mixture of ArchitecturePLB directors and associates. Our custom designed stand was well received, attracting both fellow exhibitors and delegates. Our team met with a range of directors of estates, contractors and fellow consultants, engaging in conversations about the state of the Higher Education sector and potential development opportunities.
Date posted: Wednesday 2 April 2014
ArchitecturePLB’s William Bond, was recently invited to give a presentation at the CIC South BIM Hub. William, who has a Masters in Construction Law and Dispute Resolution, focused on the contractual risks and responsibilities of BIM protocols, particularly the new CIC BIM Pro (2013).
Date posted: Thursday 20 March 2014
This year it was the turn of our London studio to host the whole ArchitecturePLB team for our Spring Practice Day. Directors and Associates gave a number of forward looking presentations including future business development strategies. Project progress was shared with everyone showing one image and saying a few words about their current project. London office staff provided a magnificent feast of home cooked food for lunch (hoping to reap the reward when they visit the Winchester office for our Autumn Practice Day in October!)
Date posted: Wednesday 27 November 2013
We have carried out a further session in-house to deliver Revit Fundamentals training to another group of six staff, meaning well over half have now been trained. We have worked closely with our partners; IMS CAD, who supported us to deliver a cloud based solution to access Revit, along with Ian Howard of Revit Store who delivered the bespoke training. This roll-out fits within our third phase of BIM implementation, supported by further investment where we are seeking a greater breadth of skills within the practice, along with in-house resources offering, better design information earlier, with greater efficiencies and the elimination of coordination problems.
Date posted: Thursday 24 October 2013
This year’s Autumn Practice Day took place in our Winchester office. It was an opportunity for all staff to share practice news and project progress, reviewing successes and sharing experience. Afternoon presentations were interspersed with tasting and voting for our very own “Great APLB Bake Off”. Associate Andrew Fifield took top place with his fantastic New York Cheesecake just beating strong competition.
Date posted: Thursday 25 July 2013
This years Practice summer outing was to the Savill Garden in Windsor Great Park. Both offices joined forces for a visit to the Stirling prize shortlisted Savill Building which houses the visitor centre. The partly buried building has an elegant and distinctive three domed, double-curved ‘sinusoidal’ roof with a larch interlocking timber lath structure. Winchester and London staff caught up over a relaxed lunch at the gardens. The afternoon was taken up with some fun team building activities including a highly competitive crazy golf championship.
Date posted: Saturday 13 July 2013
We are pleased to announce that we have been accredited with ISO14001 status at our new London office.
Date posted: Monday 20 May 2013
We have recently relocated from Great Suffolk Street to a newly refurbished top floor studio in Long Lane. Keeping loyal to the south side of the river, we remain close to London Bridge and Waterloo main line stations and within a few minutes’ walk from Borough tube station. Full contact details can be found via the Contact area of our website. We look forward to welcoming you to our new premises.
Date posted: Thursday 19 July 2012
ArchitecturePLB has been appointed as one of four architects on University College London’s 4-year Construction Consultants Framework, following a two stage OJEU selection process and interview. We are delighted to have been selected by UCL, who are consistently ranked within the top ten universities in the world, and endeavour to produce high quality, efficient and sustainable solutions that continue to reflect the ambitions and reputation of this internationally-renowned institution.
Date posted: Wednesday 25 April 2012
ArchitecturePLB has recently announced the appointments of Emily Rissom and Paul Conway from senior architects to associates, bringing the number of associates to four across ArchitecturePLB’s studios in London and Winchester. Not only do these appointments increase the support to the board of directors but they also add strength and depth to the senior management team in terms of project experience, enabling the directors of ArchitecturePLB to lead the practice into its next phase and respond to current changing times.
Date posted: Wednesday 19 October 2011
Twice a year the whole practice gathers in one of our offices for an update on what everyone is doing, a chance to show off projects to colleagues, clock up some CPD points and socialise. This time, as well as presentations about our new branding, new projects were introduced and projects under construction presented. CPD included debate about drawing for different types of contracts and a seminar on the introduction of BIM across the practice. A glass of wine and a snappy “pecha kucha” style presentation from each office – with very different interpretations of the same ‘design inspiration’ theme – ended the day, although discussions carried on in the pub!
Date posted: Saturday 3 September 2011
We are running two projects using Revit and are pleased to be gaining from a number of the benefits of a BIM approach. We are currently tailoring our working methodologies to achieve more as well as rolling out the BIM approach to projects drawn with a 2D CAD approach. Looking ahead we are looking for the right projects and team to work collaboratively and adopt a ‘social BIM’ approach to gain the full benefits.
Date posted: Wednesday 3 August 2011
As part of our 40th anniversary celebrations, the hardy cyclists amongst us set ourselves a challenge… to ride the 78.5 miles between our London and Winchester offices to raise money for Enham, a charity whose aims we have learnt about whilst designing their new residential education facility, Coopers Chase. Heavy rain, slippery roads and a few good hills tested our pedal power. Ten cyclists started – one visited Guildford A&E and two had to retire – finally, seven arrived in Winchester in good spirits but with tired legs. We exceeded our £2500 sponsorship target by £305.
Date posted: Tuesday 26 July 2011
We have been upgrading our Vectorworks drawing software to the latest version, 2011, and amending the way we use it to bring our systems in line with the industry-recognised standards of BS 1192:2007 and the AEC (UK) CAD standard suite of documents. We have also adopted the Uniclass classification system; the recommended approach to ensure compliance with the BS. Updating to the latest software has enabled us to review and improve our CAD graphic output including details and presentation information. All recent projects and some of our legacy projects will benefit from the use of the new software.
Date posted: Friday 15 July 2011
The summer CPD outing for ArchitecturePLB this year involved tours by project teams around the new Academies of Shoreham and Sir Robert Woodard’s (near Littlehampton), then a late lunch at Heatherwick Studio’s East Beach Café. The Academies are being built by Balfour Beatty for West Sussex County Council for completion late 2011.
Date posted: Friday 8 July 2011
2011 is ArchitecturePLB’s 40th year and to mark the occasion we have planned a whole programme of events and activities, including a review of our visual identity. We started the celebrations last night with a party in one of our most recently completed projects at the Royal Veterinary College in Camden. Clients, colleagues and friends of the practice joined us to celebrate 40 years of fine architecture.