John, I don't really think aesthetics, materials, massing or colour is the issue here. But if that's what you think architects should be responsible for, then crack on and leave the important stuff such as amenity, noise, daylight, air quality, storage, waste, security, accessibility, social transition and integration, transport links etc to others. Or is that all just politics and geography?
Scrap Part B. Use the British Standards with compulsory Fire Engineers on the design team.
Just bypass it all and learn on the job. The only thing you'll be missing is the title 'architect'.
John, I must admit I thought you were being sarcastic at first, then I continued reading.
It's simply poor designers that are to blame, not non-architects.