Three major metropolitan AIA chapters banded together to change the unfair rules of a major design competition.
Working for free has been a reality for architects for decades. The hallmark of the practice is the open competition—a scourge on the financial and cultural health of the profession. But the argument against them has always seemed moot: as long as clients keep launching them, architects will keep entering them. Choosing not to participate, for some, seemed like a pointless act of professional self-sabotage.
But in New York, Fred Bernstein reports that a group of AIA chapters have shown that architects do have the power to push back against the wasteful and inefficient culture of open competitions.
About a month ago, New York’s Port Authority launched a competition to redesign its cavernous, 66-year-old Midtown bus terminal. At first glance, the competition brief didn’t seem all that unusual. It required disciplinary teams of designers to formulate a complicated plan to redevelop the transit infrastructure and architecture of the aging hub. But as Bernstein wrote last week in Architectural Record, submitting teams wouldn’t be compensated for their work—not even finalists—and the winner of the whole contest wouldn’t be guaranteed a contract to carry it out (nor would they, or any other entrants, even own the rights to their designs).
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