Does RIBA president Paul Hyett not recall the time when he was a small practice? Does he not remember that sole practitioners do not want to work in mega-sized offices, within a corporate operation where identity is lost?
Has he forgotten the benefits of small is beautiful, especially if you are home working, with no time lost to travelling, and the ability to be in a more fruitful partnership if raising a family?
Yes, while the marketplace requires large practices it also needs small ones, which present a more friendly and cost-effective face to clients in the residential, retail or commercial sector, many thousands of whom need their home or place of work extended or improved.
Many sole practitioners work in collaboration with others and carry out moderately large commissions, often of high quality, as may be seen from the recent RIBA Awards examples.
The last thing we want is to be welded into some amorphous body by the RIBA to fit the apparent needs of a small number of clients requiring large- scale signature buildings.
The past 10 years has seen evidence of the supreme capacity of British architects with larger practices to fit that role.
Robin Redsull, High Weald Studio