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The Traditional Architecture Group
A Linked Society of the Royal Institute of British Architects

 Subscriber Newsletter No 23

Wednesday, 23rd May 2013

In this newsletter

  • Continuity - Conservation - Change at Malton

  • Quinlan Terry lecture at V&A

  • Gertrude Jekyll: Landscape Gardener and Craftswoman Exposition

  • Thomason Cudworth Terracotta

  • Announcing a new Wikisurvey of Architectural Courses

  • Architectural Ironwork conservation


Milton Rooms, Malton, North Yorkshire

Tuesday, 4th June, 2013

More .....

Speakers include TAG members

Jan Maciag Architect

Robert Franklin Architect

Chris Topp Metal Craftsman

More speakers.....


Quinlan Terry will be giving a lecture on the relevance of classical architecture today
using examples of his work in the UK and overseas.
The lecture is at the V&A museum on Monday 3rd June, 6.30pm to 8.30pm.
Tickets are £15 (including wine reception).
To book call 020 7942 2277.
Or follow the link ...

Gertrude Jekyll: Landscape Gardener and Craftswoman

Gertrude Jekyll was one of the most influential garden designers of all time, whose impact on the art of gardening is still evident around the world today. This exhibition will – for the first time - explore the long and extraordinary life of Gertrude Jekyll (1843 – 1932).

15. May — 8. September, Free Entry
The Lightbox, Chobham Road
Woking, Surrey, GU21 4AA
Tel. 01483 737800


The word terracotta is generally understood to mean a low-fired red clay typically used for flower-pots,which is vulnerable to frost and easily broken. Terracotta was however developed into a far more sophisticated material by several English makers in the 18th century.
The clay body was composed of various secret ingredients to produce a material capable of holding intricate detail and which when fired to a really high temperature would normally outperform natural stone in strength and durability.
The most famous of the 18th century makers was Eleanor Coade,
whose “Coade Stone” urns and statuary are very highly valued today
The technical secrets and skills of these makers were lost as their methods were displaced
by the demands of mass production during the 19th century.
At ThomasonCudworth we set ourselves the task of recreating the origin al techniques.
Extensive research and experiment on the composition and balance of the clay body,
allied with hand modelling skills originating from many years experience of stone carving,
have resulted in the ability to produce work of a quality
which rivals that of the 18th century makers who have been our inspiration

Ongoing ....



Now online at

We need your help!

If you are near an architectural school,
please print the flyer and distribute to the school where it will be seen.


Commissioned by the Traditional Architecture Group,
a Professional Architectural Society Linked with
the Royal Institute of British Architects.
Chairman: Alireza Sagharchi R.I.B.A., BA (Hons), Dip. Arch.



  1. How well architectural courses are serving their students

  2. How well architectural courses are serving the firms that will be employing them

All UK architectural schools are being sent a for display to their students.

Students currently attending a UK architectural school are invited to fill in the questionaire at It should take no more than ten minutes

What is the difference between a wikisurvey and a conventional survey? With a normal survey the comments are collected and turned into a single document that captures a moment in time. A wikisurvey is ongoing and the summary results are made continaully available and continually updated as new forms are returned.

This means that if a person finds the published results to date do not correspond with their experience they will be motivated to complete a form. In this way a Wikisurvey is much more up to date and accurate that a conventional survey

If you are a full time architectural student in the UK, please complete the following questionaire only in respect of your experience of your course for this academic year, i.e. 2012/2013.

In September 2013 the results to date of this wikisurvey will be made public and made available to all interested parties including the RIBA Education Department, the RIBA Education Committee, all participating schools and students, the architectural journals and national newspapers and television

Following that this wikisurvey for the academic year 2012/2013 will remain open until April 2014 when the final results will be published. A new wikisurvey for the academic year 2013/2014 will then be launched.

Architectural students.
Right now! We need your confidential views. Go to:

We need your help!

If you are near an architectural school,
please print the flyer and distribute to the school where it will be seen.




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