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Oxford Street Christmas lights ‘copied’ from shortlisted RIBA competition design


I don't know why anyone enters competitions that involve giving away their primary skill - design - with no guarantee of recompense for anyone, let alone the winner. I've only ever entered two - both RIBA run. One was shortlisted (£50k worth of time, no prize) and the other was won: (£75k worth of time, £3k prize). Neither was built. A profession with so little pride and guardianship of the value of its skills only deserves the dismissive contempt it receives from those who exploit it. As does the RIBA for washing its hands of the consequencies - the classic managerialist response from an instute out of touch with its Members' interests. Outrageous, and sadly predictable. To paraphrase Samuel Johnson; "To enter one competition is understandable. To enter two is a triumph of hope over experience".

Posted date

20 November, 2019

Posted time

12:15 pm