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Goldschmied plans 'strategic review' of profession's future

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Former RIBA president Marco Goldschmied plans to embark on a 'strategic review' of the profession now that his day-to-day institute responsibilities have come to an end.Although the remit of the project has yet to be fully worked out, he intends to concentrate on both education and the form of buildings in the information age.

'What kind of architects do we want schools to deliver over the next five or 10 years? How do we as a profession influence the curriculum?' he asked, adding that he wanted the profession to explore new ideas about society and buildings.

'We are at an extraordinary time of change. I want to re-establish architects on the demand side;

in the Thatcher era we were lumped together with contractors as suppliers of buildings.'

Goldschmied also plans to hold an auction of architectural models later this year. The Richard Rogers Partnership has already set a number of models aside and Goldschmied is to appeal to other practices to contribute. He hopes to raise about £250,000 for the Stephen Lawrence Trust.

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