Coming soon to a jurisdiction near you:
I've mixed feelings about this, though I used to be dead against it, so I
must be coming around to the idea. On the one hand I bristle at the thought
of some greasy, politically-connected guy arbitrating taste. If he's so
good, why isn't he designing the building?
In reality however, so many clients/builders butcher good building designs,
or demand ugly buildings, so that having some aesthete, whether you agree
with him or not, with the authority to impose some qualities on projects
might not be a bad thing....as long as I can charge per diems for all the
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