Monday, 30 April 2012

The installation of new members, 26 April 2012

Accounts court held in the Guildhall Alderman's chamber
New Liveryman Grant Brooker

The Master welcomes Grant

New freeman by redemption Dargan Bullivant

The Master welcomes Dargan

Student Oliver James is bound to Liveryman Sherrin Aminossehe

The Master welcomes Oliver


Monday, 16 April 2012

Visit to Foster and Partners

The Company was delighted to have the opportunity to pay a visit to the office of one of the newest Freemen of the Company - Grant Broker.The Master, accompanied by six other Mentors, nine students and four prospective student members (pictured below) enjoyed an enlightening visit to Foster and Partners. Andy Bow, Senior Partner, described the work of the 1300 strong office and how they engage with all levels of design from international airports to the most intricate detail. It was a privilege to hear such wise words in such stimulating surroundings. The students were surprised and encouraged by down-to-earth rather than airy-fairy academic advice:
  • Draw something every day
  • The most basic things in the design of public space are loos and coffee
  • Where's the front door?
  • Doing all-nighters is counter-productive
It is hoped that Andy Bow will be persuaded to join the Company.

Sunday, 1 April 2012

More from Broadgate Award plaque unveiling

We are indebted to Tom Ball for the composite picture of the plaque unveiling at 210 Bishopsgate/ the Broadgate Tower on Friday last.

Why, one has to ask, is the Deputy Master in such reverential pose in the bottom left photograph. Answers in a plain brown envelope please.

And another Company author

In line with (recent) tradition, notice is given of a literary work by a member of the Company - in this case, Guy Booth.  The introduction on the opening page of his novel reads as follows:

The book's front and rear covers are illustrated below to give readers a flavour of the work:

The customary prize will be given to be best review of the book posted  in response to this invitation but, remember, the Blog Master's decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.