Comment on: Wasteful architect competitions come under fire
Malcolm Reading says ‘The evidence is that architects do enter our competitions and they are actually satisfied, and they don’t say to me it’s a waste of time and money.
This glosses over the reality; most architects effectively vote with their feet by not entering. We, like most most good firms, are swamped with work and must ensure that we do not over-expose ourselves.There are, of course, some prominent firms who only gain work through such contests, but in my belief this leads to having little empathy with the client or user, to the detriment of the built environment.
All that your survey means is that Architects are tone-deaf
A good start would be to examine the relationship of ARB to Scotland.
Comment on: ARB's legal fees balloon again
Not all architects, nor even RIBA member agree with the RIBA's
attacks on ARB on this and other issues. The RIBA is a members club; a very substantial portion of registered architects are not members. If RIBA believes that ARB's legal costs are too high, a look at the RICS's costs would put them in proportion (and don't forget the RICS's expansionary position for which RIBA is a sitting duck).
So far as I can see the ARB attacks some disgraceful behaviour by some architects, and also those pretending to be architects when they are not. These are "good things". What does the RIBA do about them?
Comment on: Obituary: Andy MacMillan (1928-2014)
Neither Andy nor Isi restricted their help, encouragement and advice to their own students. I will always remember their, (witty) support or their understanding when I explained why I was there and not at a Scottish school such as theirs. Apart from that they were great architects, and the fate of Cardross is a standing disgrace to their memory.