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Restoration view of architects is lamentable


Sadly, I can only concur with Claire Melhuish's review of the BBC Television programme Restoration (AJ 14.8.03).

If the RIBA are trying to advance architecture and promote excellence in the profession, why is it so ignorant of the importance of presentation and the public's image of architects?

The RIBA should influence programme makers in the selection of dynamic, articulate and knowledgeable architect presenters who might give the public some confidence in our profession. How are architects ever going to further their dialogue with government, clients, users and the construction industry when we are publicly presented as something akin to weekend ramblers?

When watching the mild ramblings of Restoration presenter Ptolemy Dean, punctuated by the steely side glances of his copresenter Marianne Shur, I could not help think of another equally unlikely TV couple, the celebrated Major Ingram and his coughing wife Diana, amusingly caught cheating on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? In this case, perhaps it should be renamed Who Really Wants an Architect?

Graham Squire, Dudley, West Midlands

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