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Canned Designs

In the wake of the Stirling Prize, it may be worth sparing a thought for the non-starchitects out there still struggling to achieve recognition

Michael Argent of Argent Architects designed the Tenby lifeboat house conversion which recently featured on Channel 4’s Grand Designs.

The project was praised by presenter Kevin McCloud, but despite giving three interviews, no footage of Argent, nor even a mention of his involvement, was aired.

‘Words can’t come near to expressing the outrage I feel,’ he told the Western Telegraph. ‘Any creative person must have some notion of the effort and ingenuity that goes into such a project.’

To add insult to injury, the architect believes the programme gave the impression that he had fallen out with the owners and was dumped early in the process. He has since received an apology from the show’s director. Trying to understand why his 15 minutes of fame was so cruelly withheld, he observed: ‘Clearly I have a face for radio’.

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