The Future of Architecture
"Making our case for long term, transcendental value."
Jan Maciag, TAG Chairman 2003-2009
The Traditional Architecture Group of the Royal Institute of British Architects was founded in 2003 in response to the growing number of architectural practices and architects in Britain that were building traditional buildings. It was clear that the cause of traditional architecture could be well served by forming a group with the expressed aim of promoting traditional architecture both within the profession and within the wider community. The TAG Constitution states:
“The aims of the society are to celebrate the highest achievements of the past as a living source for modern inspiration. The group seeks to work within architectural, planning and educational disciplines to promote the values of a traditional approach in architecture and design. The group will provide mutual support, a meeting point and a venue for the exchange of ideas for those individuals interesting in or practicing contemporary traditional architecture.”
Since its founding TAG has
- Organised a series of events including our colloquia,
- Published a member’s directory
- Held members’ social events
- organised two exhibitions at the Prince’s Foundation.
- Held lectures by David Watkin, Quinlan Terry, Robert Adam and Sandy Stoddart.
- Engaged with CABE.
- Corresponded with and put our case to the Government on planning issues
- In July 2006 held a very successful 2 day conference in London with Notre Dame, University from Indiana.
- Last summer we held an exhibition celebrating Palladio’s 500th birthday and the continuation of the classical tradition
- In the autumn we participated in a drawing prize with the Georgian Group.
The Traditional Architecture Group believes that Modernist architecture has failed the society that architects are supposed to serve. In spite of the fact that Modernism maintains a considerable hold over policy makers and power brokers it has failed to win the support of the hearts and minds of the public at large. Public survey after public survey confirm this.
Outgoing chairman, Mr Jan Maciag, said in his remarks to the AGM held in March 2009
“Modernism, already threadbare in 2006 seems even more so now, and yet it stands. Our first task was to form the basis of a community; by that measure we have been successful. But modernism still holds sway. Waste and hubris has characterised mainstream architecture over the last 10 years. There is a change out there and perhaps the crack of doubt that has arisen in the value of vast sums spent on making a building look like a 600 foot high mobile phone will grow wider. I think that for the first time since 2003, we might have a better chance of making our case for long term, transcendental value.”.