Life begins at 30
Turning 30 can be a tricky affair. Leaving the rock ’n roll years behind you, taking on more responsibility, but also feeling that you’re still young and there’s still just so much to learn.
The same could be said for architectural practices, two of which we feature in this edition of NLQ as they look to the future, to new work, and even to new locations as they embrace succession and life beyond their departing founders’ inspirations, three decades earlier. We profile both Child Graddon Lewis and JRA as they seek to negotiate the next, key phases of their respective journeys in our New Teams at 30 features this time.
Louise Rodgers delves further into the subject of succession in another feature, with a room full of practice personalities each at the coalface of their own brands of organisational change, while Pat Brown talks to Nicky Gavron, a woman who has experienced — and influenced — decades of change in the capital, dispensing her acquired wisdom in these pages to selected mentees over lunch.
Rory Olcayto writes for us about the return of deck access. And then there is a mini theme of outer London with Greg Clark writing about London’s Towns, and Letters from Boroughs as diverse as Bromley and Barnet. From outer London we travel to inner, despite its name, to The Outernet, inspired by music and the 1960s Tin Pan Alley, in our building review this time, Dan Burr writes about Sheppard Robson’s transformation of a 1980s Farringdon Road car park opposite the famous Eagle pub, and EPR shows us around its new All Saints Home to the rear of the Imperial War Museum near Elephant and Castle.
Many of these items are about embracing transformational change and looking to the future. And some, it turns out, show that life can begin at 30, after all.
Enjoy the issue!