Project Compass director Russell Curtis has given a keynote address at the Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland (RIAI) Annual Conference where he discussed the challenges of public procurement in the UK and how Project Compass is campaigning for reform to improve the dire situation experienced by most architects bidding for work in the public sector.
Russell provided a brief overview of the current state of public procurement of buildings, drawing on data from the RIBA “Building Ladders of Opportunity” report from 2014, together with some thoughts on whether failures in commissioning might have contributed to the Grenfell tragedy.
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One of the founding directors of Project Compass CIC has been appointed to the Mayor of London’s Design Advocate Panel, it was announced on Monday.
In his foreword to the publication the Mayor made a commitment to promoting better procurement of design services, as well as holding design competitions for some GLA projects.
The foreword reads:
“We will use open procurement processes such as design competitions to seek the highest standards for public projects and will push the firms we commission to do much more to tackle the under-representation of women and people from minority groups in the built environment professions.”
The full publication is available to download here.