Owen Luder CBE PPRIBA's comments
If the Tulip had the bulk of an office building at that height and location I think it would possibly be detrimental in the background to the views of the Tower of London from Tower Bridge but this is a slender finger pointing to the sky so surely this is an over reaction. Owen Luder PPRIBA
That was how I became a qualified architect. Scholarship to Brixton School of Building (gone) 3 year Junior course in how to Build. Then working in architects office full time and evening studies at the Regent Street Polytechnic. External Intermediate and final examinations at the RIBA and then registered as an architect and accepted as a member of the RIBA. With my background that was the only way I could do it. All that destroyed in making essential anArchitecture university degree degree in the 1960’s. I protested then. Reality has returned at last. Owen Luder CBE PPRIBA.
One of the truest sayings is that a horse designed by a committee is a donkey with five legs, two heads and three tails! A committee to regulate “beauty” is in the same caragory. Owen Luder CBE PPRIBA
Paul Finch is right, learn from the past - don't make the same mistakes again. Also for Council's to build the maximum number of new social housing from the capital available they must recycle that same capital over and over again not lock it up permanently in bricks and mortar. Owen Luder CBE PPRIBA
Excellent short piece. I have said for years that architects are not taught anything about one of the keys to a successful practice - the art of negotiating. I took a young partner with me to a fee negotiation and on leaving he said "the secret of negotiating is splitting the difference 50-50.
Not so - its when you suggest splitting the difference. Also silence is a very powerful negotiating weapon when you reach an impasse. Hold your nerve and the other side will break the silence and make an offer. Owen Luder CBE PPRIBA
Nobody other than qualified Electricians and Gas engineers are allowed to do electrical work and Gas engineers gas boilers and installations. Architects have long argued for similar control without success. The reason electrics and gas are Health and Safety Risks. Grenfell has highlighted the H & S issues with the safe design of buildings. We have for the first time a positive political case for all buildings to be designed by qualified architects. They may need to have an additional specialist add on qualification but that should not be a problem. Owen Luder CBE PPRIBA
The Presidential election is over and is history. I wish Alan Jones all he best in the role and responsibilities he will take on and have to resolve during his two year term. He inherits a decade of RIBA top mis-governance and financial mis-management which requires drastic change at the top. I am afraid when the current President in his statement refers to unfounded allegations about the RIBA financial position he is denying the facts. The controlling interest in the RIBA's very profitable income producing commercial company RIBA Enterprises was not sold to Lloyds Bank to provide it with capital to expand but to avoid the RIBA running out of cash in June when it had to repay a £21million loan to Loyds raised to finance the imprudent purchase of 76 Portland Place. Owen Luder CBE Past President.
Jack Pringle is correct in his comment. Over the last decade the RIBA descended into a governance and financial mess for which the various RIBA Board's during that period, incorrectly acting as so called RIBA Charity Trustees were responsible and should be held to account. The overriding reason for change is that while the current President and Chief Executive inherited those problems but members who were responsible for creating that mess are still in office and have a vested interest in preventing the facts being know by the membership. Hence the continued secrecy, lack of transparency and accountability, blanket use of confidentiality agreements. Now the almost unbelievable attempt at gagging and controlling what is said in the Presidential election. The RIBA is a professional Institute with some charitable activities. That is what it was until the misjudged and incorrect constitutional changes made in 2009/10. As members if we are to have our Institute back we need to ensure there is change at the top. Owen Luder CBE PPRIBA
The AJ chose in its coverage of that Hustings meeting to headline the comments about the CEO's salary which is a side issue and arose in answer to a question. Elsie Owusu is wrong to compare the CEO's salary with the average architects salary. They are as different as Apples and Pears - not comparable. As for his salary if he can sort out the financial and governance mess he inherited from his predecessor's reign he will be worth every penny we pay him. From my experience over the last decade deeply involved in the RIBA is the culture of secrecy, lack of transparency, accountantability and improper governance over that time will only be resolved by essential drastic change at the top. Return the RIBA to its members and run it as a professional institute not a charity. Members should vote for the candidate as their President who they think is best equipped to bring about that essential change. Owen Luder PP2RIBA
I grew up in this area and still live not far away. These thre gasometers have always been an integral part of the skyline - and very visible to all cricket lovers at the OVAL. While there is a very sound case for keeping all three in my view the benefits of achieving a high quality development of is at the bests a "tired" area outweighs the loss of the two smaller gasometers. The detail design of the retained main gasometer is very important. Owen Luder CBE PPRIBA