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I think it is scandalous to pay each architectural practice a nominal reward of £2,000 for a design proposal when they will spend much more. To produce a decent submission with good quality 3D images will take a couple of week's time and may cost each practice upwards of £25,000. The best image will probably win the competition and the winning design will be featured in the media so many architects may be persuaded it is worth the investment. But for £10,000 the commissioning body is getting £125,000 worth of design ideas, innovation and creativity. I think accepting these terms devalues the skill and work of the architect. Indeed, I think competitions should not be promoted by the profession or the professional media and I always ask myself whether other professions accept such terms. I would rather see architects selected by interview with a fee proposal, track record and CVs of team. Then the design to be developed in collaboration with the client and the chosen architect properly compensated for his work without exploiting 4 other practices.

Posted date

20 August, 2019

Posted time

10:15 am