Assessing how well a practice delivers quality is difficult. Unless some form of test or competitive interview process is used the fee bid will always win out. Of course any Competitive design proposal should be remunerated but rarely is except in the most prestigious commissions.
PTE are a great outfit and can only benefit from this. Architects are not necessarily best at writing or presenting and to admit that is good for the profession.
Will - we can’t let this one rest. Keep it up. It may be a relatively small number in the context of current expenditure but it goes to the heart of a deeply sleazy government.
Planning lawyers will win on this one but expert witnesses from all sides will get their say too.
How appropriate that there should be letters from Adrian Forty and Ed Jones about Bob Maxwell in the same issue. To quote Forty - ‘Bob believed architecture was an art, but you could still have theories about it , even if those theories weren’t like scientific theories’.
The debate will continue and Maxwell, Barthes, Rowe and Banham as well as more than a few great minds will be having their say. I look forward to it.
How is this integrated with the existing building? It looks discrete etc, no gestures, but the existing entrance has a strong identity - where is it?