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  • Comment on: Historic England hits out at Fosters’ Tulip tourist tower

    Owen Luder CBE PPRIBA's comment 10 December, 2018 11:22 am

    If the Tulip had the bulk of an office building at that height and location I think it would possibly be detrimental in the background to the views of the Tower of London from Tower Bridge but this is a slender finger pointing to the sky so surely this is an over reaction. Owen Luder PPRIBA

  • Comment on: Are ‘earn and learn’ apprenticeships the future for architectural education?

    Owen Luder CBE PPRIBA's comment 12 November, 2018 11:40 am

    That was how I became a qualified architect. Scholarship to Brixton School of Building (gone) 3 year Junior course in how to Build. Then working in architects office full time and evening studies at the Regent Street Polytechnic. External Intermediate and final examinations at the RIBA and then registered as an architect and accepted as a member of the RIBA. With my background that was the only way I could do it. All that destroyed in making essential anArchitecture university degree degree in the 1960’s. I protested then. Reality has returned at last. Owen Luder CBE PPRIBA.

  • Comment on: Traditionalist Roger Scruton to chair government’s new ‘beauty’ watchdog

    Owen Luder CBE PPRIBA's comment 9 November, 2018 11:38 am

    One of the truest sayings is that a horse designed by a committee is a donkey with five legs, two heads and three tails! A committee to regulate “beauty” is in the same caragory. Owen Luder CBE PPRIBA

  • Comment on: PM: ‘We are scrapping borrowing cap for new council housing’

    Owen Luder CBE PPRIBA's comment 4 October, 2018 9:24 am

    Paul Finch is right, learn from the past - don't make the same mistakes again. Also for Council's to build the maximum number of new social housing from the capital available they must recycle that same capital over and over again not lock it up permanently in bricks and mortar. Owen Luder CBE PPRIBA

  • Comment on: The Coach: ‘How can I be a better negotiator?’

    Owen Luder CBE PPRIBA's comment 4 October, 2018 9:14 am

    Excellent short piece. I have said for years that architects are not taught anything about one of the keys to a successful practice - the art of negotiating. I took a young partner with me to a fee negotiation and on leaving he said "the secret of negotiating is splitting the difference 50-50.
    Not so - its when you suggest splitting the difference. Also silence is a very powerful negotiating weapon when you reach an impasse. Hold your nerve and the other side will break the silence and make an offer. Owen Luder CBE PPRIBA

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