Comment on: Why aren’t there more architects on TV?
Architects are snobbish? I know and have worked with many and can honestly say I have only met a tiny Trump-sized handful like that (it has to be said mostly in London). We couldn't run our businesses successfully if we weren't approachable, practical and sympathetic to the needs of our clients.
Even the Tory government has described the UK housing market as 'broken'. Instead of sticking with the failed old ways that houses are procured and built we need:
1. More council houses. The new ones that are being built are to a higher standard than many developers and housing associations and winning awards (e.g. in Nottingham, see https://www.worldarchitecturenews.com/article/1522399/nottingham-puts-social-housing-map).
2. More self build. When people procure their own homes the standard of design and construction is usually higher than average. The opportunity to self build should be there for everyone who can afford to buy a home.
3. More custom build homes and prefabrication. This is where purchasers can buy a house from a catalogue and have it built to reflect their own preferences. It should be the future for all housing development.
If this is the new rationale for making senior appointments in the UK I look forward to hearing that the Philosophy Department at Oxford University is to be run by of Danny Dyer.
This proposal is incredibily short sighted. If students are already members they are far more likely to stay and pay a membership fee once they are qualified. They can bring energy and fresh ideas to an organisation that requires both to remain relevant to the profession. The RIBA needs them more than they need it.
There's only one word to describe Mr Scruton's highly partial and distorted view of construction industry: "Trumpian".