The Prince accused architects of not learning the ‘grammar of architecture’, while speaking at the Georgian Group's Measured Architectural Drawing Prize held in honour of his sixtieth birthday.
‘I don’t trust any architect who can’t draw, and who doesn’t submit a drawing, or a measured drawing from which I can judge what the building is going to be like,’ he added.
The prize aims to promote and reward excellence in measured architectural drawing, and to encourage close study and understanding of Georgian buildings.
No stranger to criticising modern methods the Prince said he believed the basics of architecture had been lost ‘with disastrous consequences’.
He condemned what he saw as an over reliance on technology saying, ‘However useful computers are, and they are very useful, they should be the servant, the slave, not the master’.
He concluded: ‘We’ve reached not only a credit crunch, but also a drawing crunch as well as a climate crunch, as well as several other crunches for that matter.’
The winner of the contest was Fergus Devlin-Connolly who drew John Soane’s Bank of England.