Journal

Bring on the verbs!

26th Nov 2018

When we want to describe ourselves, we usually run straight for an adjective. We latch onto words like interesting, unique, […]

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Speaking plainly

21st Nov 2018

What’s wrong with the way architects communicate? And how can they get better at it? Listen to me giving Rion […]

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Does your heart sink at the thought of writing project descriptions?

16th Oct 2018

Project descriptions often turn into a long and uninspiring series of here’s-one-I-made-earlier moments. But I’ve found a quick-fix way of […]

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Seven ways to take the stress out of writing

12th Sep 2018

To kick off the autumn, I’ve just sent out another email in my ‘writing for architects’ series. (If you’d like […]

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How not to kick off your practice profile

22nd Jun 2018

Here is another of my occasional emails in which I try and take the mystery and hard work out of […]

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110 architects and me at the RIBA

14th Jun 2018

I’ve run many workshops in my time, but I’ve never run one for 110 people, let alone 110 architects, which […]

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Another good reason to write about what you do

15th May 2018

A few weeks ago I was invited by the RIBA to contribute some thoughts for an article on communicating effectively. […]

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How to write a better website bio

18th Apr 2018

Heads up: I send out occasional emails with writing tips and other tricks of my trade, and this quick-fire guide […]

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A blog for Archiboo

7th Feb 2018

I’ve been a fan of Archiboo ever since becoming involved in the business of architecture, and I was one of […]

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Top 10 Conversations around Architecture 2017

20th Dec 2017

Here, in the reductive spirit of the end of the year, are my top 10 ‘conversations around architecture’ of 2017. […]

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Driving fast and writing badly

6th Nov 2017

Words are important: they change minds, they make things happen, and they bring what’s on the inside onto the outside. […]

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Writing for your website

21st Sep 2017

Blank pages – or blank documents on your screen – are all depressingly similar. Whether your particular blank page is […]

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How to write (the simple version)

19th Jul 2017

Words can be tough: strangely tough for people who call themselves writers and weigh up each and every one, but […]

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Judging the Archiboo Web Awards

15th Jun 2017

I’m delighted to be joining the beat of my own drum to that of Archiboo. For me, the last few […]

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Architecture as a spectator sport

28th Apr 2017

Sometimes it’s lovely to be out of the hot seat and firmly in the background, which is exactly where I […]

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Architects and the blank page

28th Mar 2017

Architectural jargon is quite something. I’ve come across a fine collection of words just this morning: ‘linear plan’, ‘visible mass’, […]

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Thoughts on algorithms

3rd Mar 2017

I’ve been trawling architects’ websites for things that I like, and, now that such things relate directly to my job, […]

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Taking words seriously

4th Feb 2017

I wish architects would take their words more seriously. Some do, of course, but it’s still a rare treat to come across an architect’s website where the words inspire me as much as the photographs […]

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