Archinect - News 2014-09-22T16:20:44-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/22725676/new-president-of-the-royal-institute-of-british-architects-riba-on-noddy-boxes New president of the Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) on "Noddy boxes" Nam Henderson 2011-10-04T13:42:42-04:00 >2011-10-04T14:38:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gc/gcwboxopo08sobx3.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When I mention that architecture seems to be an afterthought in many new houses, Brady interjects: "If at all." It's a serious point because, she says, many homes are simply constructed off-the-shelf from manuals; even the once ubiquitous term "architect designed" has been ditched.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Peter Hetherington recently chatted with&nbsp;Angela Brady the new president of RIBA. According to her new homes (in England) must be better designed. To this end RIBA is proposing a Future Homes Commission, &nbsp;to start the conversation on how to build better new homes. Besides improving the quality of British housing Angela also wants RIBA to focus on "de-mystifying architecture" and getting architects more closely involved in the planning of new towns and housing developments. All of this she believes is a good fit with the current ruling coalitions push for a more locally oriented 'Big Society'.</p>