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British berated for bailing out of Beijing

Terry Farrell criticised the lack of any real British presence at last month's Beijing uia congress (above) at last week's council as others pressed for riba's foreign profile to be raised.

Farrell, who was in China as an invited keynote speaker along with international names such as Tadao Ando and Jean Nouvel, addressed the conference in the Great Hall of the People. He said he was disappointed in the uk's involvement. 'The big issue was that we didn't feature there,' he told council. 'Every other country had ministers of culture - I spoke to our ambassador and he hadn't even heard that the congress was on.'

Farrell implored council to start preparing for Berlin's staging of the event in three years time.

Marco Goldschmied promised that Berlin would be 'tackled in a very different way' with communications nationally and internationally high on his agenda.

John Wright, meanwhile, said that following Beijing the un Declaration on human rights will be included in the uia code. He too criticised the institute's international profile and influence on educational matters as being 'frankly inadequate.'

Wright has signed an accord between the Royal Institute of Australian Architects and the riba and is to meet with the Canadians to sign a similar agreement with them.

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