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. — Guardian
Peter Hetherington recently chatted with 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, 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'.