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How to get thrown out of The Building Centre

Who did New London Architecture chairman Peter Murray throw out of The Building Centre last weekend?

Just a few days after the AJ Small Projects awards held a merry party at the central London venue, something of a spat arose during a public event to mark the ‘Don’t Move, Improve’ house-extensions exhibition (until 26 February).

Having failed to read out the practice biographies when introducing the participating architects, Murray invoked the wrath of one designer whose project was on display. The afternoon’s proceedings ground on, but the fury continued unabated and after describing the director as ‘a-critical’, the architect was asked to leave the building and was eventually escorted onto the street by three members of staff. More of a case of ‘Moved and Disapproved’.

Readers' comments (3)

  • Who crowned Murray king? The only reason one asks is that surely any normal professional would be able to handle being called 'a-critical'. So it must be a case of lese majeste.

    Sounds like egotism run amok for all concerned.

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  • I'm afraid the informant for this story got it wrong.

    Early in the day, the speaker had been so rude to one of the female staff of the NLA that she was in tears. He was later pretty offensive to me after I did not read out his introduction (because it was totally unsuitable for the public audience), but I can't say I was too worried about his calling me 'a-critical' - I was chairman after all.

    But then he was rude to Debbie Whitfield, NLA Director and I said "You are being very objectionable and I think you should leave." He continued to abuse Debbie and I suggested again, more firmly, that it was time for him to go.

    He was not, as reported, then escorted out by three members of staff. He moved to the middle of the space next to the model and, with a group of grinning friends, pointedly remained there for about half an hour until we started to lock up (everyone else had gone). He then left under his own steam.

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  • Was the 'architect' an architect or a designer?
    It doesn't sound very professional to be rude and objectionable (ARB/RIBA codes of professional conduct etc.). Unless provoked beyond reason, of course! It does sound a bit like a 'designer' temperament :-)

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