I agree fully with Robert W and it comes as no surprise to learn (from elsewhere) that only 2%-10% of planning applications are made by architects. If (and it is a big "if") the government is interested in increasing design quality the only way is to restrict building design to architects and the other chartered professionals. Insisting that the design team is retained through to the construction stage and certification of progress, payment and completion would work as well.
The detrimental effects of architects being forced to take a 'back seat' in recent years is starting to show.
“Another more flexible approach for developers is for councils to use a framework of architects that applicants can choose from in the delivery phase.” It would make more sense for that framework to Include ALL architects within any council’s jurisdiction.
Office to residential conversions are not an issue. The fact that there is no government legislation requiring any new homes to be habitable by anyone, except the very strange, is lamentable. Size is a side issue. The schedule of furniture in M4 of the building regs is a very good guide and very few developer ‘starter homes’ stand a chance of even accomplishing that minimum requirement. Just including conversions To homes into the category new homes and making the ‘advisory’ space standards mandatory would be a start.
Removing architects from the register plays into hands of the non-architects carrying out our role without having the qualifications.
If the ARB’s role is as a public body to protect the public the best way to achieve that is to require ALL buildings to be designed by architects and chartered professionals. Recent case law is demonstrating that fact. Most of the developed world already has similar legislation, the government has no eaccuse.
Par for the course. VERY short-sighted and ignorant government view. Perhaps we need a virtual building museum with detailed BIM models of most demolished buildings before C20 architecture is erased from history.