Order of succession
The architectural great and good were, unsurprisingly, out in force at Isabel Allen’s leaving do. Jack Pringle, Sara Fox, Clare Wright, Simon Allford, Paul Monaghan, Max Hutchinson, Keith Williams, Francine Libessart, Rab and Denise Bennetts and Renato Benedetti were all setting about the wine and nibbles with gusto. But Astragal was on the lookout for practitioners who were looking markedly tense, or were nipping out to polish up their CV. This is because a little bird told him that no less than four ‘big-name’ architects had thrown their hats in the ring in the search for Isabel’s successor.