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What is going wrong with architectural competitions?


Interesting that this article begins with 'why do Architects love competitions?' (Pooka Agrawal is right) - many of us don't. Even if we win a competition, we've effectively given a huge amount of work away for free, the value of which is very likely not covered by any profit we might make over the course of the project. There is also a culture of under-cutting on fees that is often borderline irresponsible. Competitions are so popular in the rest of the EU because fees are more likely to be fair (many countries have fee scales e.g. Germany) so decisions are made on design quality and it is therefore more likely to be worth doing. I'm continually baffled by the resistance in our profession to the reintroduction of fee scales. It's a total myth that the EU disallowed this as being anti-competitive.

Posted date

2 May, 2018

Posted time

10:54 am