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Ivy Ngeow

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How to Convince Your Client Your Design is the Best (or at least better than theirs by MILES) in 9 rock solid moves

One of the most jittery and crushing facts about a profession in design and architecture is that architecture and design are subjective. Not very subjective, a bit subjective, which is why it is hard. It would be so much better if they were very subjective, or subject to wild fantasies with no rules. But they are not. Both …

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FUTURE STATE Pop-Up Shop and Retail Cube

This is a cute pop-up shop made of pallets, upcycled and repurposed softwood offcuts, storage crates, ply and cling film and other packaging paraphernalia, for the young and hipster South-east Asian boutique. (Sandwiches not included). The attraction of these “temporary structures” are due to the following reasons: modern, innovative, budget-friendly, eco-friendly, transportable, modular, retail solutions.

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IKEA Hack: Hollywood style lighting up vanity makeup mirror easy DIY project

As an architect, I find DIY challenges even more challenging than a layperson, as I strongly adhere to repurposing, upcycling, reusing and recycling principles in my practice and my designs. At home and professionally, I would say I am gung ho with a can-do attitude, girl-with-a-gun, all-round practical person. I find pragmatism cathartic. I am problem-solving by nature. …

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University Challenge: Five universities have doubled their borrowings

University Challenge. Five universities have doubled their borrowings in the last academic year. Southampton, UCL, Glasgow, Heriot-Watt and Imperial (the last being the biggest borrower with GBP470M loans). Traditionally South East Asian and Far Eastern campuses (and more recently Middle Eastern) help fund home campuses. The University of Sheffield has a South East Asian Office …

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Minority Report: Skilled migrants eg Australia/NZ/Canada or people earning more than GBP30k p.a.?

In case you didn’t realise, fact 1: young architects don’t earn that. Fact 2: The old dudes definitely don’t unless they are already established, secure, boss-types on 30-70k in which case they won’t be applying anyway. If 25% of architects working in the UK are non-UK nationals (me included); and of that 25%, 80% are …