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Master Builder


Chartered Architect


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  • Comment on: ‘We cannot be ignored’ – Grenfell United lights up towers to demand action

    Master Builder 's comment 18 June, 2019 4:36 pm

    It would be really helpful if this article quoted BRE/RIBA/RICS position on the lack of progress. If parliament cant multi-task beyond Brexit, what has the industry done to keep pressure on the government? Are we waiting for another tragedy??

    Institutions want us to communicate via them, rather than airing dirty linen on the streets, so its time for a full update. AJ can you please run this story? Thank you

  • Comment on: Drop in BAME architects across UK’s top practices, new data reveals

    Master Builder 's comment 18 June, 2019 4:27 pm

    BAME architecture and engineering community should create a strategy and lobby the RIBA/ARB and government, because the industry doesn't have any answers.

  • Comment on: Hawkins\Brown is biggest winner from London mayor’s framework table

    Master Builder 's comment 12 June, 2019 12:21 pm

    Government contracts for architecture generally go to the same architects, giving the public the same answers. Most new developments lack character and a diverse sense of place.

    With over 90% of architects within the micro SME sector (1-10 employees), how is the government and the London Mayor addressing monopolisation by certain companies?

    We already know the shortcoming in diversifying the workforce within the real estate sector, particularly architecture. How are the government and London Mayor addressing this? The public purse deserves effective developments by professionals who represent a diverse community, especially London.

    As practitioners we submit countless surveys, a response from those who conduct these surveys would be greatly appreciated.

  • Comment on: Anger at absence of architects on Grenfell fire expert panel

    Master Builder 's comment 29 June, 2017 11:53 am

    The lack of representation is typical of successive governments failing to understand the building process. Architects are the lead consultant, they produce the drawings + specifications. They have the expertise in balancing social issues with construction, science and the arts. Our role over the past 30 years has been diluted, which we must look to ourselves and ask why? But today, there is no change in the process of building, architects are still the lead consultant.

    This is not about why the RICS are on the panel and not the RIBA. This is about a potential white wash by the government. Reports will be written, hands will be slapped and no change will be introduced to challenge 30 years of regressive processes in the industry. The RIBA’s current approach is ineffective. If ministers are not listening to you, as John Kellett states, shout louder. We will support you as members but we need more effective leadership from the RIBA in challenging the government. Use the media, social and traditional and whatever other means we must to mount a challenge.

    Why are we so limp? Part of the issue maybe the fact that as per AJ statistics the profession is made up of white middle class men, who perhaps do not have the drive or hunger to protest and make their voices heard. I hope not!

    The life of an architect is becoming progressively challenging and yet we are still responsible. We are regulated and yet so many who are responsible for changing specifications to increase their profits at the expense of safety are hardly regulated. Fees are not representative of the services and responsibility we have to provide, the industry has been attacking our services for years and the profession gave it away willingly, government do not think we are relevant and the industry finds us weak as a profession.

    Architects do not face this in other countries, governments recognise the professions role in society. So in the face of the tragic events at Grenfell, Brexit and growing competition internationally, we as a profession need to find our feet and act now, from industry to educators/students and the RIBA. Lead the way RIBA!!!

  • Comment on: Emerging practice wins LFA Silvertown Flyover contest

    Master Builder 's comment 29 June, 2017 11:00 am

    Good to see an established architect working with a start-up