Past President RIBA Dir Brady Mallalieu Architects
Angela Brady OBE PPRIBA PDSA
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Thanks to all the women + men in architecture making our world better
I think to exclude the RIBA as a core contributor to this important inquiry is a mistake by the selection team. The RIBA and its team of specialist architects could make a very valid part of the team and draw on a wealth of experience and knowledge as building and design experts. architects are the only members of the design team who have a full understanding of the whole building process and specification details. Why would they not be included? Why is there no architect as one of the 3 key assessors? Maybe they don't realise the value we architects bring and are out of touch, or don't want to engage a full team of experts! The result would be a lot quicker and more professional if they did. It's not too late to have RIBA included?
Why the very Short TfL architects lists?
With so many homes to build the TfL procurement result of Lot 4 (housing) is that only 10 architects firms got onto the approved list from 204 applicants to build 10,000 homes across 254 sites on 5,700 acres?
Why only 10? It could have been 30 or 40.
and Lot 5 (commercial, health education etc..) 10 architects firms got onto this list from 185 applications.
Why only 10 on this list with so much potential TfL work across London? Surely this work could be better spread across many more architects firms. Even to get onto these TfL panels can help practices get work in other Boroughs as many share lists. They need to be expanded.
I think the approved lists should be transparent and published to showcase the range of practices selected, in particular the SME and small companies.
I think TfL should hold several open design competitions for specific sites to bring out the best designs and open up opportunities for more architects to work with one of largest developer clients in London in the coming years.
TfL ref: Lot 4 Architecture Design and Urbanism Panel 2 (ADUP 2)
Lot 5 - Architecture, Commercial, Workspace, Health, Education and Civic Buildings
Comment on: HS2 looking to employ smaller practices
Well said Russell The smaller practices have a lot of skills and add value
Why don't UK follow Ireland on this as they have had a State Architect for many years who is knowledgeable and is appreciated and advises on matters that might otherwise be misunderstood. Architects have a valuable role to play in politics
He advises on Government project, gives speeches in public and is recognises for his role on advising on architectural matters that affect all of us
Britain needs a state architect plus town and city architects too. All local authorities need in house architects to advise their planners and the public on matters of architectural design and public realm
The FARRELL REVIEWS recommendation should be taken up on employing a State Architect they are needed.
Further detail on current Irish State architect Cieran O Conner