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Lucy Mori

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  • Comment on: Women in architectural academia

    Lucy Mori's comment 14 October, 2013 4:50 pm

    Correction 'and we all know that time spent in the office does NOT equal amount of work done'

    Thanks

  • Comment on: Women in architectural academia

    Lucy Mori's comment 14 October, 2013 11:57 am

    I applaud Matthew Barac for showcasing this roll call of excellent women who are leading the education and training of the next generation of architects. I recall my delight in being taught by Sarah Wigglesworth in my second year and my dismay at the thought of a lack of female mentors in third year (which prompted me to take action with Studio Master Eric Parry who then recruited the inspirational Carolyn Steele). At the same time, I am struck by the success of women in education in penetrating the glass ceiling (for example becoming professors) relative to the low proportion of women running practices and working in the rest of the profession.

    What does this contradiction say about working in education?

    Women value flexibility and are prepared to accept the low pay, which comes with part-time, short-term contracts, and which in turn demonstrates women's vocation.

    What does this state of affairs say about practices and the rest of the profession?

    Practices are missing out on an extremely motivated and dedicated talent pool. Technology allows amazing flexibility - and we all know that time spent in the office does equal amount of work done.

    I believe astute practices should value 'life skills' and not be afraid of 'career breaks' in their teams. I am convinced it makes sense for the profession to take advantage of recruiting and retaining women architects. I am cheered by the increased visibility of women in architectural education and hope it will lead to parity in the profession within my lifetime.

  • Comment on: Outside In House in Yamanashi, Japan by Takeshi Hosaka Architects

    Lucy Mori's comment 17 June, 2013 10:57 am

    There is a lot to learn from the ingenuity of Japanese architects to design clever small houses - but also from Japanese families from how to live in small places. Having lived in Japan, I contest the RIBA's fixation with size of habitation - many people value privacy over and above space. Moreover, in Japan everything is miniaturized to make better use of space - smaller domestic appliances and furniture for example but also pre-fabricated bathrooms incorporating bath, shower, wash basin and wc. Much as I loved sharing oddly converted houses with friends when I left college, it would have been great to have had the option of renting a Japanese style single person studio micro-flat in London.

  • Comment on: Neighbourhood vs Nimbyism

    Lucy Mori's comment 14 June, 2013 12:16 pm

    I have recently got involved in my local Neighbourhood Forum in Oxford and am convinced that architects have an important role to play in making 'localism' work. Architects bring an understanding of the complexity of urban planning development and can facilitate the process so that opportunities are not squandered by 'NIMBYISM'. Furthermore I have discovered that being on the steering committee of the Forum 'opens doors' and is introducing me to leaders in the community and is widening my professional network significantly. For any architect who works in the local area, this can be very valuable. Creating a 'development brief' or 'neighbourhood plan' is a process which an architect understands and they can can take a leading role - using a range of skills including how to manage a public consultation but also design, master planning and development. Even if a 'neighbourhood plan' is not created, the architect can be pro-active and lead the community by producing concept designs, feasibility studies or introducing developers who might be more sympathetic to the community's needs. Here in Oxford we have also got the architecture school at Brookes involved and students have presented their ideas to the local community - which has been most effective in challenging preconceived ideas of what 'development' might look like.

  • Comment on: Tokyo Garden and House by Ryue Nishizawa

    Lucy Mori's comment 28 February, 2013 2:10 pm

    2 questions James - are most of the upper floors completely open behind the curved dotted lines? and where in Tokyo is this house located? (The site plan is meaningless).

    You comment that the open areas are incompatible with the cold winter climate - I would add that in the hot summer evenings, you would be bitten alive by mosquitoes! So like you, I am not sure this is a house I would choose to live in.