April 30, 2018

This article was originally published in BD:Online, 30 April 2018.

Imagine an architectural pitch. A new housing project in the suburbs of London. You have been invited to submit proposals for 3,000 affordable homes on a 25ha site. You decide to go crazy and deliver a m...

March 5, 2018

This article was originally published in BD:Online, 5 March 2018.

Croydon is being talked about a lot in design and development circles at the moment. Something is afoot in this old market town at the extremities of south London.

BD seems to report successful planning ap...

November 10, 2017

McMorran and Whitby’s City of London Police Station (1965) appears like an architectural missing link. The rustication of its lower façade and oversized chimney-like ventilation shafts are strangely non-zeitgeist, and the proportional arrangement of the window openings...

January 10, 2016

In the autumn of 1981, a group of Parisian teenagers goaded each other into staying the night in The Panthéon, the national monument to French cultural heroes in the Latin Quarter of Paris. A dare, a double dare. At the end of tourist’s opening hours, they squeezed int...

July 28, 2014

Louis Kahn has been known as the architect’s architect. Others have had that title before him and a few have since. Aalto, Asplund, Stirling and Zumthor come to mind. But what makes these architects universally adored amongst their contemporaries while everyone else is...

June 18, 2013

My first visit to New York provided an initial insight. We arrived in the afternoon on a very hot day. The taxi that took us from JFK to the Upper Westside was air-conditioned in the old fashioned way. Blasts of warm air flooded through its open windows as we swung aro...

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Intrivia is a depository for my work in and around architecture and the built environment.

I am a writer and designer with over twenty years experience of working in architecture. During this time I have built up an expertise in design, drawing and document production for a wide range of projects. In the past I have specialised in graphic design for architecture, architectural public relations, writing, business development and internal communications. I have recently graduated with a masters in Architecture from the University of East London.


My career in architecture has given me a great insight into the workings of successful practices, and a realisation of the effort that is required by architects to achieve great design and maintain a high profile in the profession. 

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