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Battle of the beards or back to the boardroom?

We hear so much about the clichÚs of architectural dress with head-to-toe black and collarless shirts having replaced the previous of paradigm of tweed jacket, bow tie and facial hair cf Louis Hellman.

So I was interested to note in your piece on possible contenders for the RIBA presidency that three and a half of the five male candidates have beards (I count the stubble-chinned Chris Roche as having half a beard, not as being half a candidate).

Perhaps, more significantly, all six look as though they have come straight from the boardroom. Does this herald a new era of corporate responsibility, or is architecture losing its sartorial edge?

Edward Long, London NW1

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