Art­work builds on ar­chi­tects’ proud his­tory

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

A NEW art­work has been cre­ated to mark a city ar­chi­tec­ture prac­tice’s 50th an­niver­sary.

As­so­ci­ated Ar­chi­tects has placed the art in the win­dows of its of­fices at the Mail­box build­ing in Birm­ing­ham city cen­tre.

The large art­work was cre­ated by Birm­ing­ham il­lus­tra­tor Brumhaus and fea­tures some of the firm’s big­gest projects.

As­so­ci­ated Ar­chi­tects was founded in 1968 in the Jew­ellery Quar­ter by three tu­tors from the Birm­ing­ham School of Ar­chi­tec­ture and now has a team of more than 70 staff work­ing on projects across the UK.

Its pre­vi­ous projects in­clude the restora­tion and re­fur­bish­ment of Town Hall in 2007 and the £24 mil­lion re­de­vel­op­ment of Birm­ing­ham Hip­po­drome, win­ning the project an ar­chi­tec­ture award from in­dus­try body RIBA in 2002.

Fur­ther projects in­clude the CBSO Cen­tre, pro­vid­ing a new re­hearsal hall for the City of Birm­ing­ham Sym­phony Or­ches­tra, and The Lap­worth Mu­seum of Ge­ol­ogy at the Univer­sity of Birm­ing­ham.

Di­rec­tor Matthew Goer said: “Fifty years is a huge land­mark for any busi­ness to at­tain, es­pe­cially an ar­chi­tec­tural prac­tice that is ex­posed to the va­garies of the eco­nomic cy­cle and its im­pact on the con­struc­tion sec­tor.

“We have seen huge changes in those in­ter­ven­ing years – so­cially, po­lit­i­cally and eco­nom­i­cally as well as those within our pro­fes­sion. The way build­ings are com­mis­sioned, pro­cured and de­signed and who is in­volved in the process have all fundamentally changed since the heady days of the late 1960s.

“The rapid ad­vances in IT has had a pro­found in­flu­ence on how we now work and what is ex­pected of us.”

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