Over the next 5 years the NSW State Government targeting the construction of 200 000 new homes. To date, however, less than 5% of housing stock in Sydney is designed by architects. It is likely, therefore, that architects will not be involved in the design of the majority of these new dwellings, albeit due to the requirements of SEPP 65, at a higher proportion than historically. Read more →
It seems of late I’ve been having an increasing number of conversations regarding working for free or in particular having people working for you for no pay. This has been spurred on by a number of things, one was the excellent TED talk by Amanda Palmer, which if haven’t seen it you really should, you can see it here. Another was on Seth Godin’s Blog where he writes “Should you work for free?” which was also picked up by BDOnline in particular regard to architects working for free. In particular the conversations have focussed on so-called interns. It’s a practice I had thought for a long time was not overly common here and was more particular to overseas work practice, however, locally it does now seem to be increasingly common.
Architects are an insatiable lot, we want to design everything (& think we can). Yet less than 10% of housing in Australia has architectural involvement and the majority of new housing in NSW is delivered by developers and project home companies. Only multi-residential projects, as mandated by SEPP 65, require an architect’s involvement in NSW. The Department of Planning and Environment recently released a draft Medium Density Housing Code, a policy aiming to “increase the supply and quality of low rise medium density housing across NSW”. Read more →
Often when an architect is presented with a societal problem or need, their first reaction is to design a building in response to the predicament. It’s a curious outcome given that an architect’s training and skills extend well beyond the planning of a building. Read more →