Douglas Read's comments
The world's Architects and lovers of great Architecture are eternally grateful to those brave firefighters. Thank you Alex and your colleagues.
Regardless of where they are going or what their opinions are, they seem to be spending money that has not been approved by RIBA Council. How come?
Well said Richard. Just look at the contrast between the Architecture Policy and the Procurement Policy.
Have you had a look at the SNP's procurement policy? In what way can this be said to support Architecture?
I am very sad to hear of Kathryn's passing. I had the privilege of serving on a Doolan Award jury with her and remember her great sense of fun and humour as well as an incisive questioning brain. She was a joy to know. Her death is a great loss to Architecture and to Scotland.
Item 10 will help a lot if implimented. The practice of "Bundling" a number of small projects into one big commission no matter what the geographical separation denys many small practices the opportunity to grow by simply counting them out of the "Bundle".
Spot on Paul, It's not the "Special" buildings that are of concern, they will generally look after themselves and be given the designers and budgets the need. It's the "Ordinary" that we need to improve. To paraphrase Robert Venturi - we need to make Main Street alright.
Take a look at the Scottish regs - there are minimum space standards there. Maybe too minimal - but generally accepted.
All very well - but a bit late in the day.
It would be interesting to see how the London based responses compared to those from outwith London.