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John Kellett

John Kellett




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  • Comment on: Office-to-resi: is it time for architects to boycott?

    John Kellett's comment 19 January, 2019 11:26 am

    Boycott office to resi? Why? That would be handing work to those who think they compete with architects. The solution? Require ALL schemes over, say, 150 sqm to be designed, or ‘signed off’ by an architect with a planning system restricted to politics and geography but definitely NOT aesthetics, materials, massing or colour etc.

  • Comment on: The increase in first-class degrees has nothing to do with better teaching

    John Kellett's comment 15 January, 2019 1:42 pm

    "Showering students with top qualifications is not a sign of brilliant teaching or brilliant students. It is a sign of intellectual and moral dishonesty". Couldn't agree more.

  • Comment on: ‘Stop being defensive and build what British people want,’ Kit Malthouse tells architects

    John Kellett's comment 24 December, 2018 10:43 am

    Housebuilders are giving house buyers what they say they ‘want’. It is that which is causing the problems. It is the architect’s (a precise term) job to design the homes people need by taking proper account of their requirements whether for living, working or leisure time. A lesson that developers are being, unfortunately, slow to learn. Relying on building in past styles is both inappropriate and defeatist. Current and future issues require better solutions than that.

  • Comment on: Architects must be advocates for public good: Q&A with Indy Johar on RIBA ethics drive

    John Kellett's comment 21 December, 2018 1:23 pm

    Such a policy can only work if it is a legal requirement for architects to act ethically and all architectural work overseen by architects. If not everyone else, be they ‘professional’ or not, will be doing the unethical projects further squeezing architects out of existence.
    Excellent aims but useless without the legislation.

  • Comment on: Government’s response to architects’ Brexit letter ‘completely misunderstands’ profession

    John Kellett's comment 3 December, 2018 1:46 pm

    The whole pro EU migrants issue hides the fact that most are employed because they are cheaper than U.K. trained architects whose salary has dropped as a result of the EU influx. Firstly, the ‘industry’ should be investing in home grown talent rather than force them out of the profession into better paid jobs. Secondly, investment in BIM and trading would increase the productivity of each U.K. architect hugely. I know that having used BIM for over a decade yet still have had to work with others still using antiquated 2D CAD (and even drawing boards) for production drawings. Both of which are very inefficient after RIBA Stage 2.
    Brexit MIGHT work if those of us who didn’t vote for it just employed local staff using BIM and paid decent salaries to attract those that left the profession back into it.

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