Archinect - News 2017-09-25T00:41:09-04:00 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 srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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>