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RIAS misquotes undo Hussey's good intentions

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In reply to Alan Dunlop (Letters, AJ 23.9.04), in our article in Scotland on Sunday we identified 13 recently completed projects that were of 'national' significance (regardless of architectural merit) - in other words, not for a city or region but serving the whole nation.

The intention of the article was to highlight buildings that fit within the above criteria.

Clearly, if we have omitted to mention a building by Gordon Murray + Alan Dunlop Architects, then we apologise and would be happy to rectify this upon notification.

In reply to Gordon Murray's letter in the same issue, we are writing to object to the RIAS president taking a quotation out of context. We were in no way belittling the often onerous and difficult task of delivering on time and of meeting budget and client requirements. We were, however, suggesting that in the search for an architect capable of delivering architecture for projects of cultural significance on a national level (such as national museums, galleries, conference centres, etc) that these skills are not enough to achieve great architecture.

As for the RIAS, we wait with bated breath regarding its new policy towards administering competitions. Suffice to say that to date it has been operating on a highly restrictive and prohibitive pro-forma system that in no way encourages or promotes good architecture.

Charlie Hussey, director, Sutherland Hussey Architects, Edinburgh

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