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SDA: Architect In The House Case Study + Testimonial

Friday, April 24th, 2009

Stephen Donald, director and founder of Stephen Donald Architects Ltd, has been contributing to Architect in the House for the last 10 years.
In 2008 the AITH initiative allowed him to meet a passionate client looking to renovate his home, in Hollybush Hill, East London.
The client’s brief was to reorganise the ground and first floor areas [...]

We shape our environments and then they shape us.

Friday, April 24th, 2009

We shape our environments and then they shape us.
This is especially true of schools; the influence the architecture of school buildings has on developing minds is surely incalculable.
What should a school fit for 21st century teaching purposes actually be like? We need to be skeptical of the most popular type of current thinking which [...]

21ST-CENTURY LEARNING ENVIRONMENT

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

SDA’S TEN TIPS FOR CREATING a 21ST-CENTURY LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
For more than 25 years, since Stephen Donald commenced teaching in various schools of architecture and design, throughout the UK, Stephen Donald Architects Ltd has spent a lot of time and effort thinking about education. We have also practiced extensively in the field of education and vocational [...]

National Skills Academy to give industry the best chance of tackling its training crisis.

Monday, March 9th, 2009

National Skills Academy to give industry the best chance of tackling its training crisis.
What’s the biggest item of expenditure for any hospitality business? Wages, of course. For a hotel, it represents about 30 per cent of total revenue (maybe more, and up from 24 per cent in 1997); for a restaurant, it’s about 40 per [...]

Five lessons to survive the property crash

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

Five lessons to survive the property crash
Recessions are inevitable – and in hard times we can learn lessons that could help us survive the housing game in future, says Andrew Stanway.
Western capitalist economies have been going through booms and busts for at least the last 400 years, with an eerie regularity. Each business cycle lasts [...]