Architects backed Obama for US presidency
Architects were behind US president Barack Obama in his successful campaign for re-election
A poll of American architects by the magazine of the American Institute of Architects found 59.5 per cent of respondents favoured Obama over his Republican rival Mitt Romney.
Meanwhile across the pond, UK architects also voiced their support for the president who swept to victory last night (6 November).
Nick Willson of Nick Willson Architects argued Obama possessed a greater handle on ‘sustainability and the global picture’ out of the two candidates.
He said: ‘For confidence alone, Obama will be a safer pair of hands for the economy. He seems to have a wider view on diversity and catering for all types of Americans rather than Romney’s more narrow view.’
Neither candidate has the answers to America’s economic problems
Alan Dunlop – visiting professor at the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture Robert Gordon University – said: ‘Obama is the most charismatic but neither candidate has the answers to America’s economic problems.
‘The President inherited the worst economic recession since the 1930’s, following Bush’s failed economic policies. It’s clear however that by voting for Obama you are voting for more borrowing but Romney’s Five Point recovery plan is vague at best, beside revisiting tax cuts for the most wealthy.’
He added: ‘Foreign policy is the area that will affect us more in the UK and it’s here that a possible Romney victory is most concerning. On his first day, he promises to criticise China by stating that it has unfairly manipulatedthe value of its currency.
‘By doing so he will provoke the new Chinese government, who will in turn be trying to flex its muscle and this could lead to further strained relations with China which could have an implication for Europe and the UK. Romney’s attitude toward Iran is also very worrying, his advisors are all neo conservatives from the Bush era and he has already criticised Obama for being too soft on Iran.
‘Whoever wins there will be little or no growth in the US economy but the best outcome for the UK, considering the foreign policy implications would an Obama victory.’
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