Comment on: L&Q reveals architects on £50m housing framework
Extraordinary to have a framework with so many architects on it! I hope that the other 65 architects did not waste too much time completing the PQQ! What does the RIBA have to say about this approach?
I think it is scandalous to pay each architectural practice a nominal reward of £2,000 for a design proposal when they will spend much more.
To produce a decent submission with good quality 3D images will take a couple of week's time and may cost each practice upwards of £25,000. The best image will probably win the competition and the winning design will be featured in the media so many architects may be persuaded it is worth the investment.
But for £10,000 the commissioning body is getting £125,000 worth of design ideas, innovation and creativity. I think accepting these terms devalues the skill and work of the architect. Indeed, I think competitions should not be promoted by the profession or the professional media and I always ask myself whether other professions accept such terms.
I would rather see architects selected by interview with a fee proposal, track record and CVs of team. Then the design to be developed in collaboration with the client and the chosen architect properly compensated for his work without exploiting 4 other practices.
As a Trustee of the Architects Benevolent Society, I am grateful to the Architects Journal for promoting this event and for the collaboration of the RIBA and the other professional bodies which represent architectural assistants, technologists and landscape architects in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. For more information about how the charity supports the profession and their dependents - do look at the website www.absnet.org.uk
The new building is nearing completion and looks wonderful from Pusey Street. The effect of the smooth stone on the chamfered window surrounds sailing over the rough stone wall is stunning. A great addition to the Oxford streetscape.
Comment on: Charles Knevitt dies aged 63
Sorry Charles has gone - will miss his good humour and enthusiasm.