One of the big questions about conscience is when and where it comes into play. This question was the underlying thread to the discussions at the RIBA J 120 series discussion Collective Conscience. As the protagonists and a disputatious audience gathered at the RIBA in 66 Portland Place it was clear this debate was going to take some thrashing out.
RIBA Royal Gold Medallist Ted Cullinan’s claimed conscience might be important but individual architects are not responsible for saving the world. ‘All artists’ conscience is to do what they can do, but not what they can’t do,’ he said. And throughout the event this was the point he kept making. ‘Artists have to be true to their imagination.’