I tend to agree with the thrust of what Upton is putting across here.
More dialogue, more engagement with the actual process, the actual site, architects asking really searching questions regarding end users / socio-economic impacts.
Not all developers are as progressive as U&I though. It would take a really brave architect to bring this sort of commitment to a project if the fees and commitment from the client were not there.
It is a two-way street after all.
One of the finest one off houses I have seen on your pages in a long while.
What a wonderful project and also genuine public space that makes the residents of Hastings feel like it is an extension of their town with numerous possibilities.
Brighton & Hove could really do with something like this to replace the old pier next to the i360.
As much as I love this trend of monochrome and monolithic contemporary brick architecture, where are the rainwater pipes, soil vent pipes and gas flues going to go?!
I just hope this ilk of architect is giving due consideration to the plethora of external everyday paraphernalia that necessarily adorns buildings - maybe they have thought of a way of hiding it all?
There is an answer to the issue of long hours and low pay. The RIBA needs to take a lead in setting mandatory fee scales for perhaps all RIBA Chartered Practices. This would also have positive trickle down effect on smaller firms and sole practitioners.
Practices themselves need to become much more focused on deliverability and practice management, rather than doing freebies for clients and tinkering with schemes for hours on end for no extra fee. You wouldn't see a firm of lawyers doing that, so why should architects?
If we all worked together on this as a profession and stood up to clients regarding unpaid work, then the situation would improve for all of us.