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Come clean on the cost of good design

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It is always interesting to read about the financial difficulties experienced by many recent high-profile cultural building projects.

The familiar disputes and concerns over increasing costs are invariably regarded by the profession with contempt. We defend the designers with our well-rehearsed argument that increased costs are justified to deliver exceptional architecture.

Fair enough. But isn't it time we came clean and abandoned the cliche that 'good design doesn't cost money'?

All the evidence suggests the contrary and architects seem to be the only construction professionals unable to draw sensible conclusions from the evidence.

This same misguided belief is the driving force behind the culture of disingenuous fee bidding which has only served to completely undermine the perceived value of our profession.

Ironically, if we were to market our service under a new cliche 'good design does cost money', we might be taking the first steps towards rebuilding an honest and sustainable future for both ourselves and our clients.

Colin Gordon, Edinburgh

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