I am writing my BArch dissertation titled;
architect as developer / developer as architect
Exploring an alternative to our developer-driven built environment.
I was wondering what ideas/ thoughts anyone had on the subject of why more architects are not developers?
1/ What was the main driving force behind you becoming an architect?
2/ Do you believe that the industry at the moment is largely a design and build driven environment?
3/ Could you see development as an option/ addition within this industry?
4/ Could it be a way for a practice to diversify and grow as a business?
5/ If we look at America, the AIA (their RIBA equivalent) has released a document actively encouraging architects to pursue the architect/ developer route, do you think we are a little behind the growing trend?
6/ What would the architect as developer role give/ take away from the architectural profession?
7/ Can architects do both roles?
8/ Could being the client, developer, designer therefore improve the overall process?
9/ Could the overall design of building improve because of the increased level of control held by the architect?
10/ Is this a way to recover the position of the architect as the master builder within the industry?
11/ Is it a way that we regain some control back within the industry?
12/ Could a combined role improve business and fees? Especially in times of recession?
13/ What is a developer?
14/ Do we need developers? Why/ why not?
15/ Please feel free to pose any questions yourself?
Any help on this subject would be greatly appreciated and you can email me on firstname.lastname@example.org