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Architect, lecturer and urban designer. Member of the Victorian Society
Focusing on what is authentic to Birmingham
Architect Joe Holyoak argues there is a lot to love about the city's architecture - whatever the planning policies says
High Speed 2
Comment: High-tech architects battle for HS2 top billing
Regular Birmingham Post columnist Joe Holyoak welcomes the return of an elder statesmen architect who vowed never to work with Birmingham again
University of Birmingham
University's new sports centre is strong on character
Architect Joe Holyoak takes a look over the long-awaited new £55m Sport and Fitness centre which opened last month at the University of Birmingham
Birmingham's history has an economic future
Architect Joe Holyoak makes a final plea to retain two historic city buildings tabled for demolition as part of massive new housing development
Hawker Yard pop-up idea is long-term winner
Architect Joe Holyoak assesses whether so-called 'pop-up architecture' is a great answer to the problem of unused space
Birmingham's conservation areas only work if residents are on side
Architect Joe Holyoak assess if and how the city's historic conservation areas can be protected and preserved for future generations
New future for Typhoo Wharf is my cup of tea
Architect Joe Holyoak gives a firm thumbs up to plans to inject new life into former tea factory in Digbeth
University College Birmingham
Privatising Jewellery Quarter street is a dangerous road to go down
Architect Joe Holyoak takes a dim view of University College Birmingham's plan to close a Jewellery Quarter street in a bid to safeguard its students
Time for Birmingham to banish our inferiority complex and make this right
Architect Joe Holyoak takes the marketing men to task after another bout of over-hyping - this time for the new Birmingham Smithfield plan
Why 'our Regent Street' must be saved
Architect Joe Holyoak takes a dim view of the latest plans to build new offices in Birmingham city centre - and wave goodbye to part of the city's architectural history
Can we bear to let Dudley Zoo design classic crumble?
Architect Joe Holyoak examines what fate awaits run-down parts of famous zoo and no guarantees of funding mean an uncertain future lies ahead
Comment: Can the Beorma Quarter match its towering ambition?
As work on the next phases of the Beorma Quarter in Digbeth is imminent, architect Joe Holyoak casts his eye over one of most significant regeneration projects
City securing the sweet melancholy of death for our future generations
Architect Joe Holyoak takes a look at plans to renovate two 'remarkable' and well-visited cemeteries in the Jewellery Quarter
Squaring the circle in a space that has never been at ease
Joe Holyoak examines the pending project to rip up Centenary Square and replace it with new public realm less than 25 years since it was last revamped
Why on Earth is high rise considered high quality?
Are high-rise buildings really the be all and end all for city-centre architecture, asks Joe Holyoak.
A golden development in the Jewellery Quarter
A welcome piece of public realm has been built in the Jewellery Quarter, something the city needs more of, argues Joe Holyoak
There are pitfalls in copying the capital
Joe Holyoak warns that following London's lead is not always the best path for Birmingham to follow
Clinging on to the dwindling legacy of a 20th century great
It is shameful the later products of architect John Madin's career are so unappreciated in the city he called home, argues Joe Holyoak
Debate over architecture is vital - even if some of it grates
Buildings, both internally and externally, are the physical setting for our lives, and for better or worse, their design directly affects all of us.
Why Digbeth could do with a dose of Barcelona if we want it to thrive
High Street is a medieval street, originally connecting the centre of Birmingham at the Bull Ring with the village of Deritend, across the River Rea
Library of Birmingham
Joe Holyoak: Ordinary architecture can be out of the ordinary
Big, expensive architecture was in the news as the Library of Birmingham lost out in the Stirling Prize.
A new chance to create a modern garden suburb
Birmingham is getting bigger because it is a successful and popular city where people want to live
Architecture of schools can help to build and shape next generation
Does the architectural design of a school affect the quality of learning that goes on there?
Birmingham City Council
Why does the council hate our civic history?
The neglected Moseley Road Baths is due to close under a council plan - with no plans to restore or repair one of Birmingham's finest architectural gems.