I bet it's freezing in the winter, boiling in the summer and costs a fortune to maintain. A typical 60s heap of concrete rubbish.
Mr Scruton is a 'political philosopher and a writer'.
There is a 'property consultant' on the commission. Of course, they have no 'vested interests' at all. An architect cannot design good architecture if they are not even appointed, which is why the country is covered in cheap, hideous and sterile housing estates.
There. I have just philosophised politically and written this, so this makes me just as qualified as Mr Scruton. Can I have the commissioner's job and all the perks please?
You can gawp into people's living rooms from almost any high building in London. That's part of living in a city!
The ARB is there to administer the Architects Act. There is no mechanism within the Act to reduce the fee.
97% of people paying on time is pretty good. It is quite possible that some have retired, died or left the profession, as well as those who forget to pay their fee.
I do not see why those who do not pay on time expect to remain a member, when a vast majority manage to do so. The fee is not large, compared to other professional bodies (the RIBA, for example).
There is nothing to stop anyone who does not want to be registered continuing to carry out the functions of an architect, as long as they do not use the title.
The BNI, through some of its other local members, has contacted me numerous times over the last couple of years, so I doubt it is 'tough' to get in at all. It is a private company which is funded by a membership fee.
It may be a good idea for a new practice or small business to join - you can feel isolated if you have just become self employed - but I have found that, once you are established, the value to your business reduces.
Many networking groups are often filled with representatives of charities, who are there to obtain promises of donations; or lawyers (for reasons I have yet to fathom); or financial advisors. I have never found a client at any of them, but have often enjoyed some good food and company.