Bennetts Associates is hosting an ACA Soapbox debate on Tuesday 25 April 2017, from 18.00 – 21.00 at the London Studio: 1 Rawstorne Place, London EC1V 7NL
The debate will consider delivery as an essential part of design. In an ideal world, the concept architect should be engaged to continue to complete a detailed project. However, problems arise with the issue of whether or not planning consent should be linked to the continued use of the concept architect. Some architects are entirely capable of delivering their own concepts but their services are often terminated at the delivery stage; a disadvantage for both the scheme and for architecture in the long term. Conversely, tying a concept architect to the consent effectively forces a client to use someone who may not be competent, which goes against local authority due diligence. Our speakers will debate these issues as well as that of “delivery architects” and whether to make delivery an essential part of design so that the reason for separating them goes away.
Rab Bennetts will be presenting the case for, whilst Walter Menteth of Walter Menteth Architects will be arguing against. Alfred Munkenbeck, Munkenbeck & Partners will be the moderator.
The ACA Soapbox is a series of informal debates intended to allow participants to have their say and and hear a full spectrum of views on topical issues in a convivial setting. You don’t have to be a member of the ACA or an architect to join in.