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?but does a crusader see the wider picture?


With regard to 'Salisbury in shock ARB resignation' (AJ 17.2.05), the fact that Ian Salisbury has decided to quit the ARB is a notable non-event for most architects and a relief to many.

Salisbury put himself up for election on a highly questionable 'spoiling' ticket to reform the ARB. Since then, his activities have degenerated into a selfobsessed crusade that does little to reflect what the vast majority of serious architects believe.

Salisbury's repeated diatribe that he represents the interests of those who voted for him is both misleading and misguided.

Just how many architects voted for Salisbury? I would invite any such architect or those who hold the same opinion to write to The Architects' Journal. This offer does not extend to the predictable 'mumbling minor names' at the RIBA keen to back any skirmish with the ARB. There will be little correspondence on the subject, given that a large percentage of it usually emerges from Salisbury himself.

Ludicrously, Salisbury now states he wishes to see the Architects Act 'killed off'. I recollect reading he put forward a garden structure to demonstrate his experience of completing a built project as part of his ARB candidature - mildly ironic, given that his current rantings now, more than ever, emanate from the potting shed.

David Rothmire, St Albans, Herts

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