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CABE MUST PAY THE PRICE FOR ARCHITECTURAL INPUT

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LETTERS

The jobs section of AJ 11.01.07 contained a notice advertising that CABE is looking for architects to join its design review panel. The panel members would be expected to attend 12 meetings per year plus other meetings on an ad hoc basis. This all sounds fine until you get to the part that says 'No remuneration is offered'.

I already find it astounding how many people think architects might wish to work for free, and to see CABE promoting that view is worrying, not only because architects working for free sends out an incredibly negative view about what we think our input is worth, but because the improvement of the built environment should not be treated as a hobby - it is too important.

How seriously will the panel members be able to take their work if they are not getting paid and how seriously are CABE taking architects if they don't think that their view is worth paying for?

Craig Douglas, Douglas and King Architects

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