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New RIBA boss Derbyshire pledges fightback against profession’s marginalisation


I have to say, Alan, that I couldn't disagree more. It is the schools and the profession which both promote architectural education as possessing none of the elements that those who procure buildings actually need. That is why architects are ignored as being irrelevant when all of the important decisions, generally connected with money, the future and the needs of bodies of clients and users, are made. The schools need to stop the rot of self-serving, inward-looking education, and actually look at what architecture as it is delivered has become and work out how to serve it or change it. You can produce all the skilled designers you want, but they are now ten a penny, and expendable when finished with, in the eyes of the people we need to influence, if we want to change the processes rather than moan about them. Leaving professional practice to practice itself is an abdication of what schools don't want to do, into the hands of those who can't do it, or who will do it badly. It is the very essence of bad management. Just like design and build.

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5 September, 2017

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