No More Boom Bust – 25 January 2016

In the Lighthouse in Glasgow sitting in on Architecture & Design Scotland’s review of planning guidance for Port Dundas, by others.

a&ds - 22 janUARY 2016They’d like more emphasis on the vision.

I spent the next day with HTA looking at what the future might hold, from a marketing perspective. It’s eight years since the last recession started and, crudely, it’s an eight year cycle, so I worry about what might be next.

Gordon Brown - 25 January 2016Former PM Gordon Brown, famous for ‘No more boom bust’  was on the plane home so maybe I should have asked him?

Cycle to Mipim 2016

This is Ben Derbyshire, there’s a sketch of him in the last post. Here he is in oils. Ben has kindly donated to my fundraising for children’s charity Coram. I’m raising money for them as part of cycling from London to Cannes in March, on my way to the MIPIM property conference.

IMG_8249Here’s Ben with me, for scale.

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I’ve also painted Dave Bullock, MD of Compendium. Dave has also generously sponsored me.IMG_8246

If you’d like to sponsor me the fundraising page is here.

Many thanks to Ben and Dave and for all other contributions.

My Partners – 13 January 2016

HTA Design LLP employs about 140 people. There’s always plenty to consider when the board meets each month. Here are my partners, considering the issues.Board 2 - 150113Board 1 - 150113Board 3 - 150113Board 4 - 150113Board 5 - 150113

We spend a lot of time in each others’ company so it’s nice to draw them from time to time, just to see them in a different way.

Christmas 2015

In reverse:

Daddys Birthday - 3 January 2015

The last event of the break, my dad’s 88th birthday.

prowe band - 1 January 2016

New years day, a brass band in the livingroom.

Andreas - 1 January 2015

AndreasAngus - 29 December 2015

Angus visited from France.

QAHS Reunion - 27 December 2015

Catching up with old school pals in Dunfermline. The same as we were, a little more tired but a little better at communication.

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Innes hid behind the sofa for the Queen’s speech.

 

Fun Box - 23 December 2015

Fun box was fun.

 

plane alone - 22 December 2015

The only person on a plane to London City the week before Christmas.

Actually these are the things I did in between riding the bike and painting portraits, in preparation for cycling from London to Cannes in March. I’ll show you the portraits next time.

 

Training at HTA – 17 December 2015

Over the last year, we’ve had Mike Hopkins coming in to train our management team in a few useful techniques. We’re a business run by designers so it’s good to hear how the professionals do it. Contrary to popular perception (big egos/ sensitive souls) designers don’t really need to be treated all that carefully but they are good at questioning the conventional route. Mike has a straightforward style, telling our creative team what he thinks, and this is going down well. 

mike hopkins - 17 December 2015

Getting a great guided tour around the first bespoke build-to-rent building in the UK, for be:here.behere- 9 December 2015

Fraser and Isla have expertise too. Here they are showing two year old Ellan some advanced present unwrapping skills.

ellans party - 20 December 2015

A man in a stripy jersey watching his kid at swimming lessons.

stripy spectator - 13 December 2015

Julie watching the tennis and working out how we’ll get the boiler fixed. We moved into a house in the winter and the boiler burst. It now appears this happens to pretty much everyone.

julie at tennis - 6 December 2015

Maybe the 25% of the population who’d consider buying a new house have got it right?

A few things to learn – 29 November 2015

Fraser is learning to play tennis.  I drew Isla watching him, then she drew him, and titled it.isla and fraser 28 November 2015

 

At an office CPD, on lighting. Not a bad one. CPD 27 November 2015You learn more, obviously, from seeing the things skilled designers (and their visionary clients) have actually built than you do from watching Powerpoint.

Asa & Daniels 29 November 2015Edinburgh has an extensive stock of ageing bungalows with big back gardens and they’re gradually being bought up by young families. A roster of talented local architects can transform them by taking a bit of back garden and building the kind of bright and open living space people are after these days. Few are as lofty and light as friends Asa & Daniel’s one, by David Blaikie.

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Innes (and me), learning to be gardeners.

 

Land Art Generator Initiative – 20 November 2015

The Land Art Generator Initiative combines art, urban design and sustainable energy. We are working on a site in Glasgow that is the subject of a current LAGI competition so I went along to see if I could answer any of the queries for the competing teams and their advisors.

Lagi One - 20 November 2015The combination of designers, artists and engineers makes for amazing submissions and a broad range of questions.

Lagi Two - 20 November 2015I look forward to seeing the ideas for Glasgow in January. Previous submissions are here.

Lagi Three - 20 November 2015

Denis Mason-Jones – 19 November 2015

Thursday: an enjoyable evening looking at the sketches entered in the Denis Mason-Jones sketching competition, in Leeds.

Denis Mason Jones Competition  - 19 November 2015I met Denis’s son and picked the winner.

Tuesday: speaking at the Residential Investment Conference 2015. It was held underground, and the lecture theatre style benches glowed red. I tried not to be too distracted.

Resi Investment - 17 November 2015

Monday night: watching ideas for getting one million more homes into the outer London boroughs, Pecha Kucha style at the NLA.

Pecha Kucha - 16 November 2015

Saturday: more relaxed time spent in Edinburgh.

KMBT_C284-20151120114546KMBT_C284-20151120114614The kids playing sport.

Meetings – 10 November 2015

If you want a meeting room with a view try the 6th floor of the Lighthouse, on Mitchell Lane in Glasgow.

Igloo - 10 November 2015

Earlier in the day I listened to the continuing story of transformation in Dundee. dundee presentation - 10 november 2015

 

Lunch with the family: there’s an agenda for that too.Mum and Jane - 8 November 2015My mum keeping us all on the right track.

 

Life Drawing at The London Sketch Club – 3 November 2015

Last month I gave a talk at the London Sketch Club about the benefits of keeping a sketch book. They were nice enough to invite me back to their life drawing class. I used to do a bit of life drawing, as a result of studying architecture for a while in Strasbourg. At Strathclyde they had taught me to draw by looking at tomato crates and piles of stools. In France they taught drawing by looking at a model. The first few look like Godzilla but it’s the fastest way to improve your skills.KM_C454e-20151104092224

I had a great time: thanks to Mark Prizeman for inviting me.

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At the dinner afterwards, I enjoyed meeting Violet Ryder, who’s father I remember from an eighties pop group.
‘We were so in phase
In our dance hall days
We were cool on craze
When I, you and everyone we knew
Could believe, do, and share in what was true’KM_C454e-20151104092206Wang Chung, Dance Hall Days, of course!KM_C454e-20151104092147Sitting looking at Wallis Gilbert and Partners’ exuberant Glaxo Building. They designed the more famous Hoover Building, but this one certainly has panache. A streamlined base course, as if from the pen of Raymond Loewy . I hope we can do something great with it.

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