Paul Foster is this month’s exclusive Q&A profile. The Associate Director and Healthcare Lead at Sheffield-based practice Race Cottam Associates (RCA) discusses his current portfolio and shares more about his inspiration together with advice for aspiring architects.

Our homes have long been our castles. And in the last two years, they’ve had to be everything else too. Our homes have also had to work overtime as gyms, office spaces, coffee shops and entertainment destinations. Now, as we emerge back into the world, it’s time to restore our homes to their rightful place. To do that, we’re going to need lots of colour, writes Garry Cohn of COHN Design.

Sollertia, a firm specialising in textile architecture and the design, fabrication and construction of lightweight tensile structures, has extended its innovative services and expertise. Backed by an experienced team of professionals who specialise in high-performance technical textile structures, Sollertia’s comprehensive service offering focuses on creating bold, durable and innovative solutions that are advancing the state-of-the-art architecture.

Jean Hanna, Design Director at WWA Studios, has over 30 years’ experience in delivering large-scale projects for new-build and remodelled extra care, retirement housing and general needs housing schemes at a range of urban and rural locations. Here, she answers a few questions about her career and looks back on the path that led her to the position she holds today.

With a master’s degree in architecture, Yorgo Lykouria started his career at Himmel/Bonner, then subsequently moved to Helmut Jahn in Chicago. Following these positions, he started his own multidisciplinary studio, which led to consulting with HOK and finally founding Rainlight Studio, where he is now the Creative Principal.

Magply boards are being used as part of Sky’s efforts to create the world’s most sustainable film and TV Studios, Sky Studios Elstree.

IG Masonry Support’s B.O.S.S. A1 offers true flexibility when creating stunning brick facades. Manufactured to meet A1 fire regulations, B.O.S.S. A1 is, quite simply, the boss of brick soffit systems.

With the nearby Yangtze as the key inspiration for the building and its inner workings, Paradise Walk Wuhan Jiangchen evolves around river-themed interior spaces that distinctively enrich the retail experience and social encounter in a notion of water and movement. Centrally located in Wuhan’s central business district (CBD) on top of a multi-line transport node, the shopping centre, designed by CLOU Architects, takes on multi-level transport-oriented development (TOD) characteristics, to discharge, channel, host and gather large visitor volumes within its V-shaped footprint.

Whilst undertaking his college studies, Chris Wilkinson’s tutors tried to discourage a career in architecture. After a further year at art college, instinct kicked in, and Chris overlooked his teachers’ deterrent, treading the architectural career path. Today, he sits at the helm of Jo Cowen Architects (JCA). In this Q&A, we talk to Chris and follow his route to landing several positions at some of the country’s most notable architecture firms.

Mineral ceiling tiles by Zentia feature in a new extension to VELUX UK and Ireland's HQ in Scotland.

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