Ike Ijeh

Ike Ijeh
Ike Ijeh is a practising architect, writer and author of two books on architecture, Designing London: Understanding the Character of the city (Lund Humphries, 2020) and The 50 Greatest Architects: The People Whose Buildings Have Shaped Our World (Arcturus, 2021). He was also a co-author of Architecture Beyond Criticism: Expert Judgement and Performance Evaluation (Routledge, 2014). As well as establishing his own architecture practice and founding original London architecture walks provider London Architecture Walks, Ike has been an architecture critic for two of the UK’s leading architectural trade titles and has lectured on the subject extensively in the UK and abroad. He was the winner of the 2018 International Building Press (IBP) Architecture Writer of the Year and received an IBP commendation in 2020. He was also nominated for the Professional Publishers Association (PPA) Writer of the Year Award in 2016 and has been on the judging panels of some of the UK’s foremost architecture awards. He has sat on the design review panels of two London boroughs and is a former trustee of the Hackney Historic Buildings Trust.

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Tall Buildings

  Download Publication   Online Reader A new report for Policy Exchangem ‘Tall Buildings: A Policy Framework for Responsible High-Rise and Better Density’, argues that the unplanned proliferation of tall buildings has not delivered the housing Britain needs – and calls for a more responsible approach to urban density. It conclusively shows that building more tall buildings is not the solution to the housing crisis it is commonly presented as. […]

Better Places

  Download Publication   Online Reader Policy Exchange has developed a ground-breaking new tool capable of scoring the placemaking quality of proposed and existing developments. The Placemaking Matrix will seek to identify and collate the placemaking characteristics of any given development and give each one a score, culminating in a final PAX rating that ranges from “Poor” to “Outstanding” and which can be used when determining planning permission. The intention […]

A School of Place

Download Publication Online Reader This paper proposes that the UK government encourages, promotes or establishes a new school of architecture and urban design dedicated to placemaking. The School of Place would seek to ensure that architects, planners and built environment professionals have access to the best theories, principles and most importantly practices that will enable them to consistently deliver liveable, successful and sustainable places that embody the very highest standards […]

A Call for a Tall Buildings Policy

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut elit tellus, luctus nec ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo. Download Publication As part of Policy Exchange’s Building Beautiful programme, new polling, in one of the most extensive surveys in years, has revealed the widespread public concern about the impact tall buildings have had on the heritage, character and appearance of London.  The survey showed that an overwhelming majority (71%) believe tall […]

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