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Architecture is the last thing on our minds


I write with reference to Ed Dorrell's editorial in last week's AJ (12.5.05). There seems to me to be a distinct lack of thoughtfulness to the piece.

If he were to sit down and really ponder the consequences of the Labour victory, he'd realise that there is very little that any government, whatever its colour, can do to influence the lives of architects. We are largely selfsufficient and self-disciplined as a profession, and I, for one, am proud of the very little that I allow government policy to impinge on me.

Additionally, while I accept that the Thames Gateway is an important development for the whole country, I really don't see what it has to do with me.

I have never had a large practice and almost certainly never will. What on earth I can do to influence it in any way - as I almost certainly will not work in that area - is completely beyond me.

Finally, I, and I think almost all the other architects, do not worry heavily about so-called 'architectural issues' when I vote.

Like other sensible members of the architectural community (if indeed there is such a thing as community), I vote on the wider issues that I think are important to me, my constituency and, occasionally, the country as a whole.

Architects worrying about architectural issues? Dream on.

Michael Gibson, west London

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