The prime reasons for establishing the RIBA and RIAS were to ensure reasonable design quality with predictable costs for public buildings. Perhaps they simply started from different criteria in Japan ? (and Spain ?)
I wonder why you would worry about that, Geoff. Aren't there relevant Building Regulations regarding that sort of thing in London ?
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Well, Amos; I wonder if "...the general advancement of Civil Architecture, and for promoting and facilitating the acquirement of the knowledge of the various arts and sciences connected therewith..." doesn't exclude from housing as well. We'll be reduced to designing Cathedrals, Churches, Castles, Palaces, Town Halls, Prisons, Schools, Hospitals and Art Galleries again soon. Those were the days.
with extended deadlines if required ?
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Development control or restriction is not Planning, for which a vision has to be understood and agreed in advance of the design.