Design Council CABE chair and Architects Journal editorial director Paul Finch has issued a stinging rebuke to claims he has a stylistic preference against traditional architecture
Finch was ‘disappointed’ that the Traditional Architecture Group (TAG) failed to acknowledge ‘you leave your stylistic preferences at the door’ when undertaking design review.
He said: ‘I challenge the TAG to name a single occasion when I have unfairly criticised a building on the grounds of its style.’
The TAG wrote to culture secretary Jeremy Hunt last week demanding Finch apologise for comments he made in this magazine celebrating the selection of Modernist architects to design London 2012 Olympic buildings (AJ 14.07.10).
TAG also asked communities secretary Eric Pickles to instruct councils to ignore all CABE design reviews on the grounds of ‘clear and unacceptable bias’.
Finch said ‘Far from apologising to this self-selecting group of polemicists, I suggest that they issue an apology to me for their intemperate language and inappropriate demands, best described as bad manners.’
Finch’s comments in full
It is traditional, if you object to something someone has written in a magazine, to write to the editor and perhaps the author setting out your objection or complaint.
It is not traditional to write letters full of bluster and threat to ministers of the crown, suggesting that they sack someone with whom they have no formal relationship.
It is disappointing that the ‘Traditional’ Architecture Group seems incapable of understanding that when you conduct design review, you leave your stylistic preferences at the door and assess honestly what is presented to you.
I challenge the TAG to name a single occasion when I have unfairly criticised a building on behalf of CABE (or indeed anyone else) on the grounds of its particular style.
Far from apologizing to this self-selecting group of polemicists, I suggest that they issue an apology to me for their intemperate language and inappropriate demands, best described as appalling bad manners.