Architects are under siege

Mark Middleton, Grimshaw

Everyone wants good design but they’re not prepared to let architects get on with their job, says Mark Middleton

Design is caught in a vice. Architects are subject to higher and higher expectations from the press and commentators on design quality, and alongside this are reassurances from the Department for International Trade that design skills are marketable and an important arrow in our global identity quiver for the post-Brexit world. 

Yet simultaneously whenever there is a cost overrun, especially on major projects, it is put down to poor design.

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