By continuing to use the site you agree to our Privacy & Cookies policy

Your browser seems to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser.


Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.


Rogers calls for greater 'clout' for architects

Architects should be placed at the heart of all government decision-making when it comes to the built environment that was the message from Richard Rogers yesterday (27 March) during the first architecture debate to be held at the House of Lords for four years.

‘These design champions should have the clout to influence design quality on central corporation objectives when it comes to the built environment,’ said Rogers.

He also warned of the ‘imperfect’ planning system, adding that – as the first planes took off from Terminal 5 yesterday – he was a ‘much younger man’ when he began designing the Heathrow extension.

‘It was 19 years ago when my firm started designing Terminal 5. We have to change the planning system to step up development,’ he said.

Rogers called for CABE to be strengthened, adding that local design-review panels should be created throughout the nation.

The number of delivery bodies also needs to be reduced, he said, and design competitions should be ‘mandatory’ when public money is used.

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment.

Related images

The searchable digital buildings archive with drawings from more than 1,500 projects

AJ newsletters