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President's Debate: Architects Are Cheap Optimists

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Royal Institute of British Architects

66 Portland Place

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W1B 1AD

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The traditional, combative art of debate makes a welcome return to 66 Portland Place with this series of President’s debates.

The latest in the series proposes the motion Architects Are Cheap Optimists, and invites speakers to argue both sides of a contentious subject: Will architects ever understand their value to clients and their projects? Or is the next possible project so tempting that they are cajoled into offering their intellectual property free of charge? Other professionals are not so embarrassed about money and make a good living - can architects?

With Maria Smith, Interrobang, as referee, this promises to be a lively debate with representatives from the profession itself and property developers on both sides of the argument.

For the motion we have Caroline Buckingham, HLM Architects and Ayo Allu, KLOK Project Management who will argue that architects often promise and deliver more than they bill for and should be more realistic when preparing their bids.

Against the motion are Martyn Evans, UnCommon and Deputy Chair, London Festival of Architecture, and Lisa Raynes, Pride Road, who will advocate that architects need to be competitive to survive and an element of undercutting is necessary, especially if small practices are to survive.

After hearing from the speakers it will be you who has the final word, with comments encouraged from audience members and an audience vote to close the debate.

The President’s Debate is free of charge, but we would appreciate a donation to the Student Hardship Fund to help make architecture accessible to all (suggested donation £5).

You can register in advance now or just turn-up at the door (first-come basis if not pre-registered). We have a maximum capacity of 100 (which we easily achieved at the first debate), so we urge you to register to secure your place.

The debate will start at 6.30pm with drinks served from 6pm.

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