Comment on: Cheesegrater’s public realm completes
In this day and age you'd think that a purpose built "Accessible Entrance" on a new building wouldn't be shoved around the side of the building - it probably isn't best practice with regards to the Equality Act either. - Also wouldn't "Lift" have sufficed?
Comment on: Bogus architect slapped with £1,000 fine
I disagree that £1,000 is the maximum fine - isn't this is Fraud by False Representation? http://www.cps.gov.uk/legal/s_to_u/sentencing_manual/fraud_by_false_representation/ Whilst they may not have yet profited from the fraud, their is clear intent to break the law too and is not even slightly defensible as a mistake (as one might argue when they call themselves an Architect but are not).
Nick Raynsford was the Shadow Minister for Housing and Construction... I would be interested to know if he ever put pressure on the opposition to extend the CDM duties to include construction work outside of Britain? After all It seems a little late to be making “demands” now.
Whilst we probably agree for the most part on many simpler and less contentious political issues at a national level (particularly those that are included within the stated RIBA objectives - such as lobbying government for quality housing); I certainly never joined the RIBA expecting them to make any contentious political comment at an international level. I’m not even sure the RIBA is politically astute enough to have a motion here even if they have the powers. I do however believe the RIBA need to be clear here as the Palestine Architects Society seem to imply that the RIBA either supports them or is against them. If the RIBA are to have these sorts of political positions then more transparency is needed by many other groups. For example does the Palestine Architects Society support Hamas?
The structure and organisation to the ARB and RIBA is so drastically different that combining their roles is not simple. An important thing to consider is: The RIBA 'works for/supports' Chartered Architects whereas The ARB 'protects the consumer'. To ensure that the consumer is protected the core functions of the ARB cannot be under the control of the profession. Therefore if the functions of the ARB were undertook by the RIBA a new department would effectively be needed with a majority representation of non architects, or otherwise the RIBA would effectively be carrying out a different role as it would be seen to be operating in the interests of Architects.