Comment on: Revealed: AJ/Hoare Lea Bursary finalists
Congratulations Anneli on making the final shortlist and good luck to all involved.
Not every architect, Paul.
Comment on: Partridge's Chicago: My kind of town
Good list, but you missed Walter Netsch's Inland Steel
Comment on: Schools: What is the impact of austerity?
Clever piece Helen. Concise. All you need to know, really.
Comment on: RIBA moves to scrap Part 3
"Currently students enter practice with poor business and client skills and receive very poor pay in return". March Students of architecture are in my experience, clever, articulate, critically engaged and motivated by a belief that architecture can improve lives and be a catalyst for positive change. They may have poor business skills but leave university highly motivated and with the expectation that they are entering a profession with integrity, purpose and a clear artistic and philosophical direction. Instead, are more likely to find a profession that is currently bogged down with issues of low fees/ low pay; value engineering, speculative work, meaningless competitions, BIM and supplanted by project managers, “key stakeholders” and accountants. The universities, not the offices, are where architecture as the mother of the arts is still practised, and ideas about place making, aesthetics, beauty and a willingness to experiment is undertaken, architecture and urban design discussed and critical engagement expected. It is practice that is letting students down, not the other way around.