Debate: Quit Architecture Now

Debate: Quit Architecture Now

We all assume that to quit architecture is to fail. Yet the vast majority of those who stick it out are sucked into a world of disempowered subservience to big business. Becoming an architect squanders the creativity and energy of those who are attracted to study architecture in the first place, robbing society and the individual of their potential. There is a better way. We should all quit architecture before it's too late.

Quit Architecture Now is one in a series of debates rugby tackling six fundamental issues facing contemporary practice with a playful and combative format designed to ferment open and critical discussion. Framed by theatrically provocative opening gambits, a series of free debates will turn conventional consensus on its head.

The Panel

This debate's panel all studied architecture before quitting. They have all left to the profession to lead other adventures related to the built environment and wider culture.

Harry Parr studied architecture at the Bartlett before cofounding Bompas and Parr, the Jelly weilding, breathable alcohol emitting design studio currently in the process of launching the British Museum of Food.

Claire Bennie studied architecture at Bath and Glasgow School of Art. After practicing as an architect she became Development Director of the housing association giant Peabody before setting up as an independant development specialist. She is also writing a radio play about property development.


Kate MacTiernan studied architecture at the University of Melbourne and the CASS and was Senior Architectural Designer at London-based practice Makespace. She is now Creative Director of Shuffle, a community organisation and powerhouse behind the annual Shuffle Festival in Mile End.

Crispin Kelly studied architecture at the Architectural Association where he was president from 2001 to 2002. He founded and runs the widely respected property development company Baylight.


Indy Johar studied architecture at Bath. He practised as an architect with Penoyre and Prasad for 5 years before co-founding 00 whose unconventional networked structure is radically different to a typical architecture firm. He is engaged with a vast array of projects including WikiHouse, the Young Foundation and Impact Hub Ventures.

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Cite: "Debate: Quit Architecture Now" 28 Oct 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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