How strange that this year's list leaves out most of the women that appeared on last year's list (Alison Brookes, Denorah Saunt, Amanda Levete, Sarah Wigglesworth, Eva Jiricna, Vicky Richardson et al). This suggests that the whole thing has to be taken with a pinch of salt as merely a thing of individual taste.
Neil Baxter's response shows a quite shocking disdain and ignorance of what the issues are. To suggest that inviting even one woman is a form of positive discrimination is blatant sexism, and for that alone he should offer his resignation. But the real nastiness, and betrayal of the exclusionary agenda that the RIAS appear to support, is in the final sentence, in which he implies that the inviting of women, as a form of 'positive discrimination' (a term that is a canard of the unreconstructed right and Daily Mail - join the club Mr Baxter) is also a form of discrimination against men. To think that is, I suppose, his personal right, but to say it in public as the secretary of a representative body is an indication of quite how far male attitudes are entrenched in architectural culture, and shows quite how important initiatives such as the AJ's Women in Architecture are. I guess that somewhere in a gilded parlour in Edinburgh, my response will be dismissed as 'politically correct'. Welcome to that Victorian club too, Mr Baxter. Jeremy Till