Vaizey makes a welcome return
The arts minister’s new responsibilities come just as the profession needs a sympathetic ear
Adding both architecture and heritage to Ed Vaizey’s responsibilities as arts minster is welcome. They were both in his remit while he was, very briefly, architecture minister, and one would like to think that, if he had stayed in post, architects of the Olympic buildings would have stood more chance of overturning the rules forbidding them from promoting their achievements.
As the Conservatives’ architecture champion in opposition, Vaizey impressed many in the profession, and one can safely surmise that he might view the coalition’s record on design to date with some sense of embarrassment.
The profession needs a sympathetic ear in government as never before and although it is perhaps telling that architecture will need to take up rather less ministerial time than before, he will hopefully find the time to make a difference.