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The profession's future under review: Farrell launches call for evidence

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Architecture minister Ed Vaizey has called on professionals across the ‘architecture world’ to contribute views to the Farrell Review

The independent review, backed by DCMS, has published an online questionnaire seeking a range of views on four key themes.

Key areas chosen for discussion include the government’s role in promoting design quality, whether the UK needs an architecture policy, architecture as an export industry and access to the profession.

Reponses could help DCMS reshape policy towards quality design across government.

Local stakeholders are invited to self-organise workshops or roundtables to discuss views and potentially issue joint responses.

Farrell said the review needed to hear ‘as many different perspectives as possible’ to succeed. ‘It is very important that people from a wide range of sectors with an interest in the built environment take the opportunity to feed into the Review.

‘I urge everyone with an interest in architecture and the built environment to respond to the call for evidence.’

Architecture minister Ed Vaizey added: ‘I would urge everyone from across the architecture world to get involved and work together to respond to this call for evidence. Hearing from a wide cross section of people across the sector will help Sir Terry Farrell and in turn DCMS look at the future of policy in this area, and we need the whole industry to come forward with their views.’

The deadline for submissions is Friday 19 July.

Visit the Farrell Review website to participate


The Farrell Review key themes:

Understanding the role for government in promoting design quality in architecture and the built environment: The review will look at lessons that can be learnt nationally and internationally about the role for government in promoting and achieving design quality. The role of built environment bodies and other organisations that promote the appreciation and better understanding of design quality in the built environment will also be considered.

The economic benefits of architecture and design, and maximising the UK’s growth potential: The review will consider the contribution of architecture to the UK’s economy, how the economic value of good built environment design can be demonstrated, and how it can be maximised in the future.

Cultural heritage and the built environment: The review will look at how to encourage good new architecture whilst retaining the best of the past, and the value of our historic built environment as a cultural asset and in successful place-making.

Promoting education, outreach and skills: The review will consider the potential contributions of built environment education to a broad and balanced education both as a cultural subject in its own right and as a way of teaching other subjects.







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  • Commendations on the clarity of the presentation and content!

    Of further interest would be the following pasted link on Scotland's 'architecture & placemaking policy' review, which bears some similarities to this review for the DCMS. Consultation responses, which ended last September, are available from here. Perhaps some cross-fertilisation will be called for too, later, at the end of the day in the formation of actual policies. If so, then it might be worthwhile for there to be full UK-wide participation on the Farrell Review, especially where important issues might not have been caught in the Scottish consultation.


    Furthermore, one might wish to consult the very recent CITB ‘Construction Skills Strategy for 2012-2017’, which replaces that of 2006-2011. This was the result of a UK-Wide industry and professional body based consultation conducted by Pye-Tait and can be found below. The Scottish A&PP consultation may have been too early to take cognisance of this equally very thorough work.


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