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The RIBA itself staged a very jolly cocktail party in the handsome confines of Pera House, the British Consulate. RIBA president George Ferguson revealed that in his younger days he blagged his way in to swim in the Hilton Hotel pool. Spotted in the scrum for the canapés was the distinctive Panama hat of former Architectural Review editor Peter Davey, in town to pick up the Jean Tschumi Award from the UIA for services to architectural criticism (and lunch).

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