”Naomi FisherDirector | Architect
‘You mean YOU, the architects, do the consultation?’
This wasn’t a question that I was expecting as I opened the floor to the audience, yet this question, albeit phrased in different ways, was the most frequently asked of me throughout the ‘Fit for Function 2’ Conference last month. One person posing the question was an architect himself who subsequently enquired if I ‘really’ did that, referring to the photograph of when I’d stood outside a village supermarket on a Saturday morning talking to the local community about the area’s needs.
My immediate reaction was to think, ‘Do other architects really NOT do this?’
APEC engaging with a community outside their local supermarket to inform the brief writing process.
‘How might community participation and empowerment become the norm for creating spaces and places?’
I can’t wait to see the results very soon. In the meantime, I’ll carry on evangelising about the value of architects placing themselves firmly in the consultation process. Only then, can we design to a brief that we genuinely believe is right.