Architecture Cities Podcasts Sustainability

Episode Fourteen: The Importance of Affordable Social Housing with Top Architect, James Mary O’Connor. Pete Talks to Steve About the Global Movement to the Countryside.

Affordable Social Housing
Written by Jackie De Burca

Henry Interviews Top Architect James Mary O’Connor

Following one of our most important episodes to date, James Mary O’Connor, Principal-in-Charge at Moore Ruble Yudell, talks to Henry McDonald about the importance of affordable social housing and sustainability.

We cannot be deciding whether I’m going to do the latest benchmark building here sustainably. I think it has to be the norm. Ithas to be the norm that we build sustainability.

James Mary O’Connor

About James Mary O’Connor

Born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, James Mary O’Connor came to Charles Moore’s Master Studios at UCLA in 1982 as a Fulbright Scholar. James received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Trinity College in Dublin, his Diploma in Architecture from the Dublin Institute of Technology, and his Master of Architecture from UCLA.

Affordable Social Housing
James Mary O’Connor

As Principal-in-Charge of Moore Ruble Yudell, James has provided spirited design and project management for residential, academic and mixed-use urban projects

including Kobe Nishiokamoto Housing in Japan, the Horace Mann Elementary School and Fairmont Towers Hotel Addition, both in San Jose, California. International work has become a focus, with large-scale housing and planning projects such as the Potatisåkern and Tango projects in Malmö, Sweden, the mixed-use development Project Yoda in Manila, and Tianjin-Xinhe New Town in Tianjin, People’s Republic of China.

His interest in uncommon building types is reflected in the Sunlaw Power Plant Prototype in Los Angeles, and the Santa Monica Civic Center Parking Structure.

With irrepressible energy, James has also led Moore Ruble Yudell teams in national and international design competitions, such as the Beijing Wanhao Century Center, and the winning design for the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in College Park, Maryland. Over the past 15 years, James has taught design studio, lectured, and has been invited as a guest critic at UCLA, USC, SCI-Arc, University of Calgary, Alberta, University of Hawaii, Manoa, Tianjin University School of Architecture, China, and Tongji University School of Architecture, Shanghai, China.

Pete Ireland’s Favourite TV Builder Talks About the Global Movement To The Countryside and Sustainability

We’re all looking at climate change, we’re all looking at the need for sustainability. So if you can do that, by moving into a new home that’s more sustainable, it’s more economical to run. You do feel as though you’re also making good input into the whole sustainability as well.

About the author

Jackie De Burca

Creative director, author, podcaster, presenter and media consultant. De Burca’s first podcast, Creative Places and Faces, is ranked in the top two percent of all podcasts worldwide, by Listen Notes. She is also director of the award-winning digital agency, CWA with a client list that includes the construction industry. Over the years, she has developed creative concepts and written scripts for a series of health and safety videos, which were key to upgrading the safety practices of many companies.

As well as producing and directing, De Burca also teaches media to private and college students. She is committed to sustainability and connected to the environment, and its potential to nurture our lives.

De Burca is the author of Salvador Dalí at Home and the creator of Travel Inspires.

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