Brady, Angela (6 of 10)

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  • Recording date

    2013-05-02, 2013-05-13, 2013-10-02, 2013-12-13, 2014-02-05, 2014-10-08

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    Royal Institute of British Architects, London

  • Interviewees

    Brady, Angela, (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

    Dillon, Niamh (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 6: AB talks about the success of the campaign to save Preston Bus Station – talks about the plans to demolish the St. Pancras Hotel in the 1950s and its current successful refurbishment. [00:02:55] AB explains how became involved in the campaign to save the Preston Bus Station. [00:05:05] AB says she has recently been a judge on the panel of Iraqi women in architecture. AB mentions other recent commitments she has been involved in for RIBA: Irish Global Irish Forum, documentaries on architecture, Bees. [00:11:08] Key qualities AB looks for when judging competition entries. [0:13:48] AB describes her final project at Dublin Institute of Technology: [00:17:52] research for the design, acoustics, [00:21:00] Magazines she was reading and referencing. AB’s interest in Scandinavian design – why she applied for the scholarship to study in Copenhagen. [00:25:00] The other scholarship students in Copenhagen – AB interest in Danish co-housing schemes – describes the principles of co-housing. [00:29:21] AB contrasts life in Copenhagen to Dublin – comments on similarities between Denmark and Ireland [00:33;00] AB mentions the SAS hotel designed by Arne Jacobsen. The status of design in Denmark in the early 1980s. [00:35:21] AB explains what attracted people to Danish communal living. [00:38:02] AB on how transferable this way of living was to other countries. AB interest in thinking about flexible ways of living. [00:40:35] Explains the structure of the architecture course, fees, projects, their trips abroad during the summer holidays, [00:44:16] how students were assessed. [00:45:46] AB on career options when she qualified as an architect – difficulties in communication as a young student (no mobile phones etc) [00:48:35] AB reflects on having to find work abroad as an Irish architect – AB talks about working in Canada for a short period. [00:52:44] AB on the decision to come to London to work – the ease of finding work in London [00:55:10] remembers that initial period in London [00:56:29] working at Gollins Melville and Ward – organising sporting events amongst other architects offices – motivation for AB to organise events. [00:59:08] AB describes organising to have Bolton Street degrees recognised in the UK – AB and Monica Dunne were the first to qualify – AB comments on her ability to campaign and to communicate. [01:07:54] AB on the economic climate for architects in London in the early 1980s – AB noticed the expensive cars. Talks about her experience of economic recessions which affected architects – how architects are particularly suspectible to recession – [01:11:13] the Irish in the construction industry in Britain (Murphy’s, Laing 0 Rourke, Clancy’s) the strength of the links of the Irish in the construction industry [01:13:53] story about AB being on site and asking the bricklayer advice (mentions girlie calendars in site offices) – her enjoyment of being on site. [01:16:23] Mentions her nanny from Galway who stayed with the family for 16 years. [01:17:43] AB explains that the easy relationship between England and Ireland now. [01:19:14] AB job for Gollins Melville and Ward – AB resistance to the long hours culture in architecture. [01:22:33] Her interest in making glass and keeping interests outside architecture. AB explains why she thinks architecture is such a good career. Mentions communication is the key skill architects need to succeed.

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