Let me know when a memorial is built in the UK to commemorate the victims of British imperial crimes. It's so much easier to commemorate the crimes of others isn't it? But the millions of nameless faceless Indians, Sudanese, Irish, Palestinians, Egyptians, Iraqis, Afghans, Australians, South Africans, Kenyans, and native Americans - no one could give a damn about them. The atrocities and massacres aren't even taught in schools, let alone commemorated with multi-million pound memorials. What are the chances that we get a memorial for Bloody Sunday? Or profiting off of both the Irish potato famine and the Bengal famine? How about we get this quote on a plaque in front of Westminster?
"...running over an Arab is the same as a dog in England except we do not report it."
- British soldier in Palestine quoted in The Banality of Brutality: British Armed Forces and the Repression of the Arab Revolt in Palestine, 1936-39, by Matthew Hughes
And how many of Britain's imperial shenanigans are still ongoing conflicts today? Destroying Iranian democracy in 1953, colonising Palestine and signing the Balfour Declaration, ignoring Kurdish claims to nationhood during Sykes-Picot or the Treaty of Sevres, joining north and south Sudan into a single state, Kashmir, monetarily and militarily supporting Ibn Saud to create a Wahhabi state in Arabia, etc. etc. etc. Take your pick.
Fire this nonsense architect. 6 days a week 11am to midnight and no pay? Hahah it's laughable. This is 100% slavery and ruins the profession for everyone. If the Japanese find this acceptable, then let them enjoy their wild rates of depression, self-seclusion, and mental disorders, and ban them from practicing in the UK.
As for the RIBA's response, it's the sort of tepid luke-warm response you'd expect from them. How about doing something about this problem instead of just advising students to avoid unpaid internships?
To add to what I said above - this is precisely the purpose of unions. The very reason for their existence. Architects are stuck in the mindset of the 50s where they all see themselves as the artist-master of the worksite, when in reality they're earning less than people flipping burgers and brickies and working enormous amounts of overtime. We are not masters of anything, we are exploited employees. Except unlike the brickie or burger flipper, we aren't smart enough to leave on time and think ourselves deeply heroic when doing all-nighters for competitions with no hope of remuneration
Forget the RIBA. Join a union. The RIBA cares about Norman, not you.
I'm a registered architect and I actually agree with him that architects are brainwashed through the education system into worshipping at the teat of Corbusier. You are slowly taught that ornament is sinful and that modernism is good and proper.
But all these articles miss the biggest factor in all of this - developers. Developers want cheap and quick. So architects design modernist shoeboxes. If developers paid for corinthian columns and high ceilings and bespoke statues and art then architects would design that. The real enemy of beauty in architecture is the ceaseless drive for shareholder dividends, the profit motive of the developer.