These essays, written over a third of a century during a time of huge ideological, technological and methodological upheaval, witness British architecture's unceasing negotation with a vast and rigorous set of constraints and its eventual emergence as a truly modern profession - a special interest group responsive and answerable to social changes but shaped and informed by values and principles that may be on a longer cycle and perhaps a loftier plane. The backdrop to this debate is the term of presidency of the RIBA held by Francis Duffy, Chairman of DEGW, UK, between 1993 and 1995. During this period the architectural profession faced major challenges and threats. The book looks at the relationship between the architectural profession and the built environment in the context of the great political and social cycles in the British post-war period. Francis Duffy's writings provide additional insights and viewpoints to the subject.
'This book will, undoubtedly, make a central contribution to this debate, and Duffy by virtue of his responsibility as an ARB board member, is in an excellent position to steer the course of that discussion … he deserves success in this task and we owe it to him to read this book and get up to speed with this essential debate.' - Architect's Journal
Part1: 1945 - 1979 The discipline of architecture Ideology and methodology in a planned economy. Architects and the social sciences. Petrified typologies. Office design and organizations. Buildings that never lie. Systems thinking. Burolandschaft 58-78. Part 2: 1979-1991 The practice of architecture. The profession in the marketplace. Office buildings and society. Organizations, buildings and information technology. Changing role of the architect. Responding to change. A case for more collaboration. Architectural practice. The professional in the built environment. Part3: 1992 - 1997 The profession of architecture. Partnership in an intelligent market. Knowledge - defining the professional. Fighting deregulation. Keeping faith with our professional concerns. Liberalizing professional services. The way forward. Index.