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No-nonsense approach pays off for Murphy


Congratulations to Richard Murphy Architects on its refreshingly no-nonsense show at the RIBA. Murphy has eschewed the worship of funny shapes and fashionable images for the careful assembly of real architecture and a thoughtful response to context and programme.

Mercifully, there are no arbitrary forms, no gratuitous gestures, just the solid development of an architectural language determined by materials, form, space and pace.

In short, Richard Murphy Architects is a guiding light for young and would-be architects.

This Edinburgh-based practice has a string of awards to its name. Why, then, little if any work south of the border? And why so little media coverage of this exhibition - did I miss the reviews?

George Henderson, Blythburgh, Suffolk

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