Comment on: ‘Imploding’ ARB rocked by double resignation
With the troubles at the RIBA and now this brings to mind the following quote: 'To lose one may be regarded as a misfortune, to lose two looks like carelessness.'
There's a limit to the amount of cock-ups that an institution can take and the two we have had over the past few months is pushing the RIBA to the limit. Someone (who?) needs to get a grip or the whole thing will coming crashing down.
I'm sorry but your headline 'Women are gaining ground in the profession...' is not justified by the figures given. The fact that 35% of architects employed by the AJ100 practices are women only shows that 'larger practices are significantly more likely to employ women' as Bruce Tether points out. I also means that every other practice not in the 100 are less likely to meet the benchmark of 27%. One measure that would show women are gaining ground would be an increase in the proportion who are directors or partners in the AJ100 practices. From recollection his was a dismal figure from other reports which you have done.
Well said John Kellett. I would suspect that this measure will be self defeating given that it is still possible to carry out the role of an architect without actually calling yourself one. Presumably there would be mass resignations which would reduce the funding to police the scheme or a massive hike in fees which would lead to yet more resignations from the register. Unless the role is protected this will not work. If the role is protected it seems to be a sensible requirement.
I'm not a great lover of competitive tenders as I believe that they are one of the drivers of poor performance- they are certainly one of the reasons why architectural salaries are so low. Best value does not mean lowest price. A competitive tender is unlikely to be the best way to select an architect who is the most suitable for the project. However, given that it is likely that a significant number of practices will score 100% on quality irrespective of what percentage it is of the judging criteria, it will be the fee which will be the decider so does it matter that the split is 70/30 or 10/80? I'm not sure it does.