Principal at Consultancy for the Built Environment www.saxoncbe.com
Non exec director at BLP Insurance; chair of City Architecture Forum.
Former chair of BDP, VP of RIBA, President of BCO. board member of CIC.
In any other field, the pattern of demand would shape the pattern of supply. In architecture, the preference for architects to work in small firms runs counter to the preference for public clients to minimise risk. Sound marketing would suggest that architects form firms which meet the sensible criteria of clients.
Inspiring stuff, Larry. Don't retire completely.
A very pertinent discussion. I suggest that the new concept of Insurance-Backed Alliancing should be looked at in this context, to reduce the fear of responsibility. I-BA unites the client and team, removes the need for PII, and manages changes in a balanced way within BIM. The golden thread is preserved.
Its just 60 years since the profession decided that University courses were the only way to enter the profession. At the time it was free for most students and only 2% of school-leavers went to Uni. Now the game is up. Academe has become too detached from practice and the Uni route is unaffordable. Apprenticeships could re-kindle the concept of professionalism and I welcome it.
Exactly right Brian. We must see a swing back to Traditional forms of contract, or to partnering. I like the Hackitt plan to make clients criminally responsible for the heath and safety of occupiers as well as builders, with the golden thread leading back to them. Architects must be un-demonised and associated with the public interest not with wasteful self expression.
Richard Saxon, chairman, JCT.