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2018 predictions: Will gender pay rules help change the profession’s profile?

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I could not agree more with what all of the contributors say, and I , too disagree with SCHOSA. There is an opportunity for an explicit reference to inclusiveness in the General Criteria, because they are being rewritten right now. The reference is already there in the Professional Criteria. Unfortunately most schools see these as sitting in the "Part 3 silo", and so specific reference in the Part 1 and 2 Criteria would be helpful. I also agree that we should be teaching about cultures and not "Culture". I tried to get that changed in the Criteria in 2010, but it was changed back. A big problem that architectural practices face is that many project tasks for construction projects are "person specific" and time-related, and clients, contractors and other stakeholders expect immediate responses, day or night, to requests for information. Also deadlines can be short and are often unrealistic because of the financial pressures surrounding project delivery timescales, which means that being a project architect is not something that you can easily juggle with other substantial commitments. That does not mean that part-time or short hours working cannot be done. I would suggest that it means that you need to have a certain type of employer and certain types of clients. I have seen a situation where a million pound construction adjudication was lost by a party, because that party's representative was on a job-share arrangement, working Tuesday to Thursday. The adjudicator's contact was made on a Friday morning, with a response needed by the Tuesday morning at 10.00 am. The response was necessarily ill-considered by the team because we were notified about it one hour before the deadline, and that was the point upon which the adjudication was lost. Therefore, I would suggest that the change needs to be wider than in architectural practice. It needs to be construction industry-wide, and it needs to be legislated for.

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20 December, 2017

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