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There were tears aplenty (and boozing aplenty - not to mention some excellent canapés) at the farewell knees-up for award-winning former AJ editor Isabel Allen at Clerkenwell's glamorous Ambassador restaurant. But despite her departure from this organ, the world of architecture hasn't seen the last of Allen, who is off to join TV's Kevin McCloud at sustainable-housing development company HAB.

As Isabel pointed out in her leaving speech, she has successfully managed to move into another job where architects are still obliged to be nice to her. . .

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