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The BBC is doing its bit for feminism with an excellent shortlist of architects for its new Music Centre building at White City in west London. While it has not named the five architects in gender terms, the recent site visit by four of them left amazed building workers in no doubt as to the girl-power nature of the competition. On site were Zaha Hadid (ZHA), Farshid Moussavi (FOA), Amanda Levete (Future Systems) and Katherine Findlay (Ushida Findlay). Absent on the day was Nathalie de Vries (MRDV ). This exotic cast list will give glamour to the Allies and Morrisonland complex now emerging, infinitely to be preferred to the design/build farrago which preceded it.

Meanwhile, the sternly rigorous figure of Sir Richard MacCormac continues to hold the Val Meyer flame at Broadcasting House in Portland Place, as his practice celebrates its 30th anniversary.

He reflected on its history, and that of the British profession in general, at CABE's annual design review committee dinner this week, held suitably enough at the Reform Club.

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