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1. Ian Abley, quoted by Mark Key, Sustainable Masonry Construction, Garston, Watford, IHS BRE Press, 2009, p 90
Ian is a tenacious construction industry professional who has worked on large scale, demanding, fast-moving, and innovative projects, mostly in London. He had a full architectural training, but is no longer registered.
He is experienced in complex construction tasks, and gets fully involved in ways to clarify and simplify building processes. Ian anticipates problems and finds solutions. He draws well, communicates clear production information, likes Building Information Modelling as information management, and writes sensible specifications. Ian details construction so as to realise the architectural intent, understands how to work with façade, structural, and services engineers, checks compliance with contracts, and snags building work to practical completion.
Ian has considerable experience of residential and commercial development, transport infrastructure, and strategic planning. After running his own practice in the North East, he worked for several prestigious architects, engineers, and trade associations. He has worked hard for both expanding and contracting businesses, succeeding and struggling in changeable markets.
Both for employers and away from his day job, Ian has organised successful events on the technology, economics and politics of building and planning. Ian is a down-to-earth yet challenging presenter, enjoying discussion and speaking engagements. He helped organise the 250 New Towns Club at The Building Centre as an experimental plan drawing club
Ian co-edited the collection of essays in Sustaining Architecture in the Anti-machine Age (2001) with James Heartfield. He was the co-author of Why is construction so backward? (2004) and of Homes 2016 (2004) with James Woudhuysen. With Jonathan Schwinge he co-edited an edition of AD magazine, titled Manmade Modular Megastructures (2006).
Ian Abley, 8 College Close, Hackney, London, E9 6ER
Mobile: 07947 621 790
Sustainability is elastic, and so many charlatans have smuggled so much rubbish into it that you're better off not using the prefix "sustainable". (1)
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