Architecture Update: Desperate bids

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ARCHITECTS desperate for work have been putting in bids that barely cover their overheads. According to Richard MacCormac, president of the Royal Institute of British Architects, this will lead to a lowering in quality. A statement by firms including Sir Norman Foster & Partners and the Richard Rogers Partnership says that architects who persist in offering 'cut-price' work will 'devalue the profession and forget their obligations to society at large'.