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Robert Sakula

Robert Sakula

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  • Comment on: Palestinian and Israeli architects divided over UKTI visit

    Robert Sakula's comment 30-Nov-2014 5:42 pm

    Angela For me it was a really important trip, irrefutable evidence of woman architects' particular sensitivity to the spirit of a place and the geographical nature of culture. Less happily it was a wake up call; impossible not to see with one own eyes how architecture all too easily acts as a stooge to power politics and how once our profession stoops... the corruption feeds itself. Impossible too not to admire the sheer resilience, oscillating between steadfast optimism and black humour, shown by our architect hosts and their colleagues. I now try to run my practice like Khilda and Nadia's Nablus friend with the five children, who insists on generous credit to all in her team, who she calls her extended family. Cany Ash

  • Comment on: Moscow’s Shukhov tower saved from demolition

    Robert Sakula's comment 20-Aug-2014 9:46 am

    Hooray! Visited it last month and got within 10 metres of its base, trespassing in a neighbouring compound.. One of the must-sees of a visit to Moscow.

  • Comment on: RIBA launches design comp for its own offices

    Robert Sakula's comment 11-Oct-2013 1:50 pm

    I was wrong with one of my comments above - there is a woman on the jury: apologies Sasha Bhavan. But this doesn't affect the main points I was making.

  • Comment on: RIBA launches design comp for its own offices

    Robert Sakula's comment 11-Oct-2013 10:57 am

    I am appalled by the terms of this competition. After all the hard work Walter Menteth and others have done on trying to open opportunities to a wider range of architects, the RIBA is here closing them down again. For example: They have done an industry-standard PQQ which will involve practices in 2-3 days work, when a simple practice profile would be just as effective. They ask a whole lot of blah-blah questions about approach etc, so that one is judged on one's prose rather one's design. There's a mean little £50 registration fee - that should come out of the project budget for a project of this scale. They want the thing formatted their way, so you have to spend a lot more time than necessary compiling your response. The jury is entirely white, middle-aged males. Worst of all, your turnover has to be twice their proposed architect's fee of £172,000, effectively shutting out around 90-95% of all chartered practices. So three questions to the RIBA: Did you intend to eliminate the vast majority of architects from the running? What evidence do you have that small companies pose more of a risk to a project than big ones? Would you consider altering the terms of engagement for this competition? I think this is the RIBA at its most pathetic and disappointing.

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