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The tawdry magnificence of Las Vegas enveloped 27,000 architects and fellow-travellers at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) convention. Actually, they were easily swallowed up in a city that attracts 36 million visitors a year. Amid the Venturi-effect developments, moments of serenity were rare but welcome.

One reception, for RIBA and Architectural Review guests, was hosted by the Leo A Daly practice in its recently completed Lied Library at the University of Nevada, an impressive piece of architecture that found approval from RIBA president George Ferguson and from the RIBA American chapter chief, Tim Clark, who promotes the interests of the 400 or so British architects in the US. It was good to see Thom Mayne present, basking in the glow of winning this year's Pritzker Prize.

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