If Renzo Piano is not an architect…
Arb’s request that foreign designers should not be able to use the word ‘architect’ is very bizarre indeed
There is no other word to describe Arb’s ban on calling Renzo Piano an architect except bonkers.
In fact so bizarre was the email that BD received asking us to desist referring to the Gold Medal and Pritzker Prize winner as an architect — and all other “foreigners” — we thought it was a hoax.
But there’s a more serious point, which is that architects are funding a body to do things it does not want or need.
Arb argues it is simply protecting the consumer, which is nonsense. It’s builders the public doesn’t trust, not architects. But, as this incident shows, Arb is more interested in concocting new areas to stick its oar in than helping the profession that pays its not inconsiderable salaries.
It is doubtful Ed Vaizey will abolish it, but if he wants the respect of UK architects as well as those now banned from describing themselves as such, giving it a good kicking would be a start.
In the meantime, BD will continue to refer to Renzo Piano, Daniel Libeskind and Peter Zumthor as architects — registered with Arb or not.