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Julian Owen

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  • Comment on: Scruton: No architects on beauty commission as they have ‘vested interests’

    Julian Owen's comment 15 February, 2019 11:19 am

    There's only one word to describe Mr Scruton's highly partial and distorted view of construction industry: "Trumpian".

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

    Julian Owen's comment 20 November, 2018 11:49 am

    Mr Malthouse’s belief that architects have an all-powerful influence on building style is almost touching in its naivete. The biggest influences on those kind of decision are the people who procure buildings, such as developers and housebuilders, and planning authorities. The influence we have as architects is well down the list by comparison. If we didn’t design what these people want, we wouldn’t get paid. Hopefully he will take on board the feedback he is getting and learn a bit more about how the construction industry works in the UK before making any further pronouncements on this topic.

  • Comment on: Young architects sought for National Infrastructure Commission panel

    Julian Owen's comment 4 December, 2017 11:48 am

    Is this not a clear breach of the age discrimation rules?

    I'm slightly put out at the suggestion from a government body that because I am over 50 I lack creativity, enthusiasm and passion, and am not able to come up with new ideas.

  • Comment on: RIBA Housing Group attacks institute's own report

    Julian Owen's comment 4 December, 2015 4:54 pm

    Do all the architects making this complaint work for the volume housebuilders? If so it may be possible that they are not being entirely objective.

  • Comment on: McAslan’s ten point plan to solve the housing crisis

    Julian Owen's comment 2 October, 2015 4:08 pm

    Build more council houses. Selling them off cheap for years is what has caused the shortage of affordable and key worker housing and allowed private landlords to charge very high rents, which we taxpayers have to pay for through the benefits system.
    Also pressurize the volume house builders to sell all the land that they are banking to local authorities and self builders. It is easier to make a profit by building fewer houses and selling them for a high price than building the many houses that are needed and selling them more cheaply.

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