Brady, Angela (7 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 7: AB talks about taking the job at Shepheard Epstein Hunter [SEH] in the 1980s – describes Sir Peter Shepheard. [00:04:59] Mentions she was working on housing projects at the practice – the experience she gained at the practice, she was in an all female team. She continued with the London Forum of RIAI (Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland). Talks about working on drawing boards and with parallel motion and rapidograph pens – describes starting to work on computers at SEH, [00:12:24] discusses the skill of hand drawing – all architects working on local authority work will need to have building information modelling skills (BIM). Describes drawing boards and drawing tools [00:18:33] the flexibility and skills of technical drawing. [00:20:03] Reflects on the speed and accuracy of computer drawing. Correcting mistakes on ink drawing – lettering on drawings. [00:23:04] Use of millimetres for measurements. [00:24:34] Discusses the sounds in an open plan architects’ office in the 1980s. Mentions Prince Charles interest in architecture – story about AB meeting him just before her Presidency. [00:30:55] AB on Prince Charles impact on planning particularly Chelsea Barracks in London. [00:33:51] Talks about the climate in architecture in the 1980s: – the development of the London Docklands, refurbishment of social housing, mentions abandonment of Parker Morris standards, beginning of the ‘starchitect’ – key practices in the UK in the 1980s. [00:37:00] AB discusses James Stirling and his impact, Norman Foster, Zaha Hadid, Michael and Patti Hopkins. AB discusses the emergence of shopping centres. [00:41:54] AB on the impact of the Conservative government and Margaret Thatcher on society and the built environment – AB expresses her own political views. [00:45:32] AB explains how she set up in practice with her husband Robin Mallalieu – the first job was the Clifton Ford Hotel in London for the Doyle family (she started while working at SEH). [00:48:07] Explains they started with residential extensions – discusses a complete refurbishment for a townhouse in Tilney Street in Mayfair (with Waterford Crystal and Irish linen). [00:53:59] Mentions working with Innisfree Housing Association – discusses Clifton Ford Hotel refurbishment. [00:57:44] Mentions the Irish connection in gaining clients, the importance of recognition for good work. AB explains how she negotiated on the Clifton Ford Hotel. [01:02:13] Discusses one of the first projects AB and RM worked on together. Explains how she met her business and personal partner, Robin Mallalieu [RM]. Mentions committees she was involved with. [01:05:11] Working with John Murphy on the New School of Architecture on the Holloway Road – explains how she met the client, explains that she was keen that the students could see how the building was constructed. [01:07:54] Continued relationship with the Murphy Group – mentions that RM designed a bespoke house in Richmond. Building 200 flats in Phoneix Heights for Ballymore in London Docklands – describes planning policy regarding social housing in that area, [01:12:25] AG discusses coalition policy on housing. [01:16:47] AB opines on who should be building new social housing – describes the mixed type of housing in her road in North London. [01:18:43] Describes John Murphy – the relationship between BMA and client, describes the brief for the school of architecture at London Metropolitan University.

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