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Mark Benzie

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  • Comment on: Awards should be about excellence, not messages

    Mark Benzie's comment 12 February, 2020 1:09 pm

    I honestly can’t see the point in articles such as this. Yes, we may question that Oscar attendees have to embroider the names of female directors on their dresses, or reflect that celebrities making political points in speeches actually have the opposite effect. We can have valid concerns about quotas or merit but ultimately do need to weigh it up before coming out with our opinion.

    Surely, the bigger issue (and what we should be getting upset about) is the massive inequality in gender, class and colour. I’m all for slow progress, but it feels we are heading in the opposite direction. Becoming less fair.

    As for the winner not being worthy - maybe the subtleties are lost on those PF has spoken to? Architecture doesn’t exist in a vacuum and surely good architecture is about leveraging our skills? If it was only about design then ask yourself, would you give the Stirling Prize to a fabulously designed torture chamber? Of course not.

    Ultimately, it’s just an award. Outside of our bubble nobody really gives a shit. This year’s winner has got people on the outside taking notice. It’s a shame you can’t celebrate this.

  • Comment on: Bogus architect fined for second time

    Mark Benzie's comment 19 February, 2016 12:55 pm

    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

    Mark Benzie's comment 19 February, 2016 11:21 am

    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.

  • Comment on: Rich's exit paves way for RIBA rethink, say architects

    Mark Benzie's comment 28 January, 2016 10:27 am

    Ben's first comments are spot on. Members promoting architecture locally will be much more effective than the huge sums spent on centralised lobbying.

  • Comment on: Revealed: 10 winning solutions to London's housing crisis

    Mark Benzie's comment 13 October, 2015 9:19 am

    Spot on comment in Alexander's 2nd para. If you want stimulate an activity, you don't have punishing taxes associated with it!!!

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