The Evils of Architectural Competitions: a potential road to success fraught with mismanagement, corruption and disappointment.
Win a competition and you’re made ... or not! Competitions were fundamental to the Victorian way of life: they were fundamental to the development of the architectural profession. However they were also the subject of widespread corruption. There was no guarantee that winners would be given the contract, and many architects considered the best outcome was to be placed second. Numerous articles in The Builder and endless discussions at the RIBA as to how to improve the running of competitions all failed. Selected high profile competitions will illustrate the difficulties architects had to face.
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