In the last couple of weeks there have been two stories about architects getting into trouble for professional negligence.
The first comes from Japan
An architect accused by the government of falsifying building strength analysis documents admitted to the allegations on Friday. On Thursday, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport announced that the architecture office run by Hidetsugu Aneha in Ichikawa falsified structural strength data on 20 condominium buildings and one hotel. At least two of the condominium buildings are below the required standards for earthquake-resistance. [link]
The other one is from Philadelphia
Officials at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts have sued the building’s internationally acclaimed architect, accusing the firm of “deficient and defective design work” and delays that boosted the project’s final cost. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court over construction of the arts center, designed to be one of the world’s great venues for orchestral music, does not seek a specific amount of damages from Rafael Vinoly Architects, but it cites a loss of $23 million.
“This action arises from an architect who had a grand vision but was unable to convert that vision into reality, causing the owner to incur significant additional expenses to correct and overcome the architect’s errors and delays,” says the suit, filed Nov. 23. The lawsuit alleges that construction ended up costing $180 million, which was “significantly more” than the $157 million originally budgeted.[link]
The second instance is not as stark as it seems. Being an architect myself, I know that its easy to blame the architect, but there are so many people involved in the whole process that pointing a finger at one entity in a collaborative process is not the done thing.