The Royal Institute of British Architects should be insisting that architects are involved in all UK building projects. The architects profession is being side stepped by developers and the public. UK Government continue to allow every man and his dog to design buildings, putting the UK public at risk.
How about, we start with the UK Government ensuring that architects are involved in all building projects. The UK architects profession is not being involved in building projects in the UK. Consequently the built environment that our public live and work in is both poorly designed, banal, poorly detailed and constructed.
The Farrell Review of Architecture and the Built Environment needed to focus on two things:- 1. Protection of Function of Architect. 2. Minimum Architects Fee Scales. The first is required to prevent non-architects deceiving the public into thinking that they are architects. This is rife on the internet, with non-architects using the meta tag 'Architect' and appearing in Google, Yahoo and other sites under the heading 'Architect'. The public need protection. The second is required to ensure that the architects profession receives adequate remuneration to enable UK architects to provide a professional level of service. At present UK Government allow anybody to design buildings, no qualifications required, putting both the lives and investments of the public at risk.
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The RIBA are not engaging with the UK architects profession. Only 16.7% of RIBA members voted in the recent RIBA election. In polls between 72% and 84% of UK architects want 'Protection of Function of Architect' to protect the UK public and improve the built environment. Neither of the RIBA presidential candidates had 'Protection of Function of Architect' in their manifestos. The RIBA and UK government need to take note of the views of architects.
Until the UK Government 'Protect the Function of Architect' architects will continue to be undercut on fees by the unqualified and others! The public cannot expect a professional level of service on the current levels of architects fees. Why does UK Government allow unqualified people to design buildings putting the public at risk? UK Government need to follow Ireland and protect the British public.