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So far Isabel Allen has created 68 blog entries.

Mike Tonkin and Anna Liu


For Mike Tonkin and Anna Liu the Palm House at Kew Gardens is a reminder that solutions to contemporary problems depend on an understanding of the inter-connected systems of the natural world.

Mike Tonkin and Anna Liu2022-04-11T14:51:26+01:00

Hannah Wooller


Hannah Wooller sees herself as a doctor for buildings, using her expertise in conservation and regeneration to breathe new life into East Anglia's seaside towns.

Hannah Wooller2022-04-13T09:42:30+01:00

Luke Lowings


The house Luke Lowings and his partner built sixteen years ago is a workspace for both of their practices and an urban family home that is joyful, equal and full.

Luke Lowings2022-04-07T11:28:12+01:00

Rachel Hoolahan


Rachel Hoolahan's work at Orms is focused on translating research into meaningful change on projects and reusing buildings and materials – even the ones that weren't designed with reuse in mind.

Rachel Hoolahan2022-04-07T11:43:32+01:00

Dav Bansal


Since joining Glenn Howells Architects over twenty years ago, partner Dav Bansal has evolved from a self-centred architect to a studio leader who is focused on helping others to succeed.


Dav Bansal2022-06-07T12:32:46+01:00

Gordon Abbott


Despite working across Europe, Neat Architects founder Gordon Abbot feels rooted in Folkestone, a town that has taught him about the wider definition of sustainability.

Gordon Abbott2022-04-05T10:24:47+01:00

Melanie Whild


Melanie Whild joined Birmingham-based Weedon Architects for her year out, and never left. She reflects on the way the 100-year-old practice and its projects have evolved.

Melanie Whild2022-04-05T10:26:14+01:00

Charles Holland


Relocating to Deal, a seaside town in east Kent, has exposed Charles Holland's practice to fresh influences, new ways of working and opportunities to engage with the community in profound ways.

Charles Holland2022-04-22T09:34:52+01:00

Claire Bennie in conversation with Isabel Allen


Interrailing in middle age, learning from life on the continent, the joys of  1930s mansion blocks and a proposal to give architects the skills required to write a decent brief and be an effective client.

Claire Bennie in conversation with Isabel Allen2022-05-11T11:39:14+01:00

Yemí Aládérun in conversation with Isabel Allen


Finding magic in the mundane, understanding the power of a watertight contract and impeccable paperwork, speaking up for what you believe in and providing a platform for a wide range of professionals to make their voices heard.

Yemí Aládérun in conversation with Isabel Allen2022-05-11T11:40:11+01:00

Jennifer O’Donnell


Jennifer O'Donnell's long relationship with Glasgow's derelict Govan Graving Docks has evolved into an opportunity to work on a community-led vision for the site.

Jennifer O’Donnell2022-04-05T10:12:24+01:00

Victoria Whenray in conversation with Isabel Allen


Learning from European cities – and from Sheffield, the real Bilbao effect, the power of grassroots projects and thinking outside the red line to embed new parts of the city in the wider neighbourhood.

Victoria Whenray in conversation with Isabel Allen2022-04-21T16:37:02+01:00