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Ben Addy

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  • Comment on: Scottish architecture, nationalism and identity

    Ben Addy's comment 11 September, 2014 12:50 pm

    What a fantastic essay.

    "the link between all this and architecture arguably remains elusive and ambiguous" - so true, and the central rejoinder on architectural identity couldn't be more accurate or better put. Whatever the result next week this is the sort of writing that's needed to cut through all the fluff that's floating around.


  • Comment on: Scottish architects unconvinced by SNP’s new architecture policy

    Ben Addy's comment 27 June, 2013 3:03 pm

    Agree with Alan Dunlop above!

  • Comment on: The Thatcher years: architects reflect on the legacy of the Iron Lady

    Ben Addy's comment 11 April, 2013 9:20 am

    I agree entirely with Max Hutchinson that architects often have an "immature attitude to fees" - I believe that this might stem from historic [unthinking?] reliance on the fee scales themselves, rather than, for example, understanding your costs, determining the profit you intend to achieve and constructing your fee from there. There are also myriad ways of expressing a fee - in some situations enabling an entrepreneurial attitude to practice - that the scales didn't address.

    A part of why fees have been hammered down subsequent to the abolition of the mandatory scale has been that the successor 'indicative' scales have been based on survey data of previously achieved fees. Being non-mandatory these scales became the measure against which certain clients expected architects to bid [in effect undercut]. Ultimately, when successful, these low bids themselves became a part of the source data for the scale - thereby causing it to act as a downward ratchet.

    Plus at the lower end of the scales the fees provided weren't high enough.

  • Comment on: Ruth Reed in failed bid to oust Harry Rich

    Ben Addy's comment 31 March, 2011 3:29 pm

    Wholeheartedly agree with the immediate comment above - all this noise by/about the region is distracting from the brilliant work that gets done.

    Tamsie, Mike Althorpe and the rest of the team are a real credit to us in London - I sometimes wonder - what if the RIBA in general had the same clarity of purpose and drive..?

  • Comment on: Moxon Architects floats new Paddington bridge plans

    Ben Addy's comment 27 May, 2010 10:46 am

    Plenty as it happens.