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Part II/Part III Architectural Assistant required

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You need to be:

  • Truly excellent at AutoCAD,
  • Good at sketch up, Photoshop,
  • Excellent technical knowledge,
  • Reading and writing perfect English,
  • Savvy at social media,
  • Able to write specifications,
  • Able to write schedule of works,
  • Able to write blogs,
  • Attending site meetings as and when,
  • Able to write minutes/reports,
  • Familiar with building technology and terminology,
  • Working from home, meet on site as and when,
  • Acting as and being, my locum,
This would suit
  • individual looking for a sideline, mums, students, graduates, MA students not minding ad hoc/ deadline-based work and who is flexible about these things,
  • someone friendly, organised, well-presented, thorough, showing initiative and ability to work on own independently,
  • someone who would like to be working for sole practitioner of a friendly, professional, top quality practice.

No need to make coffee, I make very good coffee.


£18/hour or AUD34/hour or RM105/hour or 23 Euros/hour.


With CV, samples of work, samples of writing, references, name, address, and phone number.

Habitat “Momo” living room sofa armchair set

Very tempted by this petite set.Habitat "Momo"

On the trail of Papa Hemingway – The Saratoga Hotel, Havana

Saratoga Hotel Bar

Saratoga Hotel Bar

I was offered a cigar and a mojito. I had only arrived. I had not even left immigration. A beautifully harmonised live band plays you salsa at the airport’s baggage claim area in arrivals. These are the done things. These mean you’re in Cuba.

Read more about our girl in Havana…

Is Pasar Bella, the ‘beautiful market’, more ‘beautiful’ than ‘market’?

Keep Calm in neon

I love getting ideas when I am travelling. There is nothing like experience for experience. Pasar Bella in Turf Road, Singapore, is an interesting concept, albeit all fake. As I am not a foodie, I don’t mind that: it is a bit like being in a theatre, entering a world. Here the world is the posh farmer’s market, established 2013. In this world, just as in theatre, there is no sweat, no blood, no guts, no fish entrails, no cheesy smells, no open sewers, no haggling, no ugly shady characters. This place is pure interior design. The signage, seating and fronts are quite attractive and have addressed east-west cultural influences well.

Pasar is from the Malay word for market which is in turn from the Arabic bazaar. Bella is from the Italian for beautiful. I notice that there is a lot of use of vintage or recycled elements both of which are on trend right now. Pasar Bella has 30 stalls crossing between a market and a food court.

Hammersmith Apollo – Where David Bowie brought the curtain down on Ziggy

…in 1973… on Rock’n’Roll Suicide.

I had a wonderful opportunity of visiting this great Art Deco monument on Wed 11 June 2014 for a gig. It has only been reopened since September last year as it had gone through a £5m face lift and had been shut for nine weeks (only nine weeks! It looked as though a lot more time had gone into the works).

I wasn’t allowed to take photos of the gig and being law-abiding, I didn’t take any photos. I just sat back and enjoyed the Pat Metheny concert. However I was allowed to go off with my camera and capture the beautiful interiors once out of the main auditorium.

I could not help but compare the refurb with Claridges Hotel, one of the best jobs of my life which I had the pleasure and honour of working on. Hammersmith Apollo was originally called the Gaumont Palace and was designed in 1932 by Robert Cromie. Then it became the Hammersmith Odeon and, in 1999, the Hammersmith Apollo. Now it is called the Eventim Apollo after the German ticketing company which co-owns it with AEG Live, owners of the O2. I did wonder what ‘Eventim’ meant. More recently it has hosted BBC1’s Live at the Apollo series.

What people saw on stage will form most people’s memory of the building. As I had never been here before, I could appreciate that the exterior and the interior are now equally an impressive show. The terrazzo floor in the entrance, hidden for years under carpet, is now a shocking and revealing work of art.

Blacked out, painted windows in the circle bar have been stripped and instead the original decorative frosting is now beautifully presented. Beautiful friezes by the artist Newbury Abbott Trent, also in the entrance hall, have been restored.

The main auditorium interior which I did not get a photo of, is back to the original green and black rather than the garish purple and pink. None of this namby-pamby beiges of the 90s onwards. Art Deco was the last of the decorative arts. It has a true sense of place and time. It is evocative, moody and bold. All the design elements and features are geometric, stylised and elegant. And of course went with the party atmosphere in history – jazz music and cinema.

Vineyard Hill Road – photo diary Thursday 29 May 2014

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