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DC CABE hits back at accusation of ‘style’ bias from TAG

Design Council chair Martin Temple has refuted criticism that Design Council CABE (DC CABE) is biased against traditional architecture, claiming the organisation has a ‘big tent’ approach to design

In a letter addressed to Traditional Architecture Group (TAG) chair Alireza Sagharchi, Temple (pictured) said design review panellists acted ‘independently’ and the body advocated no ‘single style or aesthetic.’

Temple said that comments made by DC CABE chair Paul Finch in this magazine which celebrated the selection of Modernist architects to design London 2012 Olympic buildings (AJ 14.07.10) did not represent the official views of the government sponsored design watchdog.  

He said: ‘Paul writes in a personal capacity for the AJ and the views expressed in his column are his own and not those of DC CABE.’

Last week Sagharchi wrote to culture secretary Jeremy Hunt and communities secretary Eric Pickles last week demanding Finch apologise for his comments.

In a written response to Temple’s letter sent yesterday (3 August), Sagharchi said his organisation experienced a ‘distinct lack of correlation between aspiration of policy and the stylistic prejudices in the makeup of the Panels that implement it’.

He added: ‘Finch’s views on Architecture cannot be deemed to be private whilst he is the Deputy Chair and has access to a public forum such as the Architects Journal, particularly when major and nationally significant projects, such as the Olympics, with large architectural commissions are concerned.’

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