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Sandy stories


A splendid turn-out at the Royal Academy for the launch of a scholarly book about the work of Colin St John Wilson. Richard MacCormac made some thoughtful remarks about his time at Cambridge, where Sandy was his unit master, teaching him the value of selfcriticism. Anecdotes from the authors, Sarah Menin and Stephen Kite, included the story about how Sandy, along with critic Alan Colquhoun, once broke into Corb's Villa Garches (unoccupied at the time), not of course to steal anything other than the spatial experience - and Sandy, the son of a bishop! The excellent news is that he has been appointed to design an extension to the north of the British Library, including a book conservation centre. 'If they hadn't given me the job, I might have burned the whole place down, ' he joked. At least, I think it was a joke?

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