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Louis Hellman (AJ 11.08.05) misrepresents me. My review of Deyan Sudjic's The Edifice Complex did not object to the assertion that architects serve the rich and powerful.

My objections were to Sudjic seeming to define the rich and powerful as almost exclusively power-crazed or egocentric dictators, presidents and billionaires, rather than the far-wider range of people who control building budgets; and to his claim that architects 'have no alternative but to trim and compromise with whatever regime is in power'.

As Hellman himself has consistently and brilliantly reminded the profession down the years, even in this imperfect and monster-ridden world, architects can choose to work on the side of the angels.

Rob Cowan, London EC1

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