Comment on: Bogus architect fined for second time
Don't forget, if he isn't any good he won't be able to build much of a business. Title protection and prosecutions might seem as if we're getting our moneys worth from ARB, but our training is worth so much more.
Regulation of doctors is there to protect patients. ARB doesn't do anything that we couldn't do ourselves as a profession.
Comment on: ARB lobbies to remove elected members from board
The rampant expansionism of ARB was only halted by 5 of the 7 elected members taking a stance 10 years ago. What a shame this was only released AFTER nominations for election closed.
I'm sure the architects who pay for the ARB would be happy that 35p of their annual fee is worth it to give them some say in the running of the ARB.
Ben's first comments are spot on. Members promoting architecture locally will be much more effective than the huge sums spent on centralised lobbying.
Spot on comment in Alexander's 2nd para. If you want stimulate an activity, you don't have punishing taxes associated with it!!!
Planners should avoid making new laws on the hoof. You need a regulatory impact assessment and weigh up the costs to change the building regs.
Instead, how about taking a guide written for publicly funded housing (the Mayor's Design Guide) and apply it to all housing?
Unsuitable and unaffordable, straight from the unaccountable.