Letter: Train architects on building sites

23:00, Feb 10 2013

I read that one of the reasons for the collapse of Mainzeal was the costs involved in repairing leaky buildings. It seems that others involved, such as architects, had swiftly disappeared, leaving the building firm holding the can. Yet builders only build to specifications required by architects. When I worked in Germany years ago I noticed that architecture students spent time on building sites as part of their training. I wonder if modern architects lack knowledge of the basics that could have been learned by some time on a building site with an experienced builder.

JOHN WHITTY

Aro Valley

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