On the programme this week our guest is Hattie Hartman, Sustainability Editor at the Architects’ Journal.
The Architects’ Journal was founded in 1895 as The Builder’s Journal and Architectural Record, before being taking its current name in 1919. Some 100 years later the journal still remains one of the profession’s most respected and widely read publications.
But our guest didn’t start out as a journalist. Hattie first studied Fine Arts and Architectural History at Harvard University and then went on to study Architecture and Urban Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
After graduating – and a crash course in Portuguese – she moved to Brasilia where she worked in the Department of Public Works.
She later returned to the US and qualified as an architect whilst working at a small practice in Washington DC.
In 1991 she moved to London and soon after started work at Hunt Thompson Associates, the practice that later formed HTA Design and John Thompson and Partners. An opportunity to interview Oscar Niemeyer in Rio de Janeiro sparked an eventual career change to journalism. In 2006, Hattie landed the job of Technical Editor for the Architects Journal, later going on to create the new post of Sustainability Editor – a position she’s now held for over ten years.