Comment on: Moving towards PRrchitecture
You forgot to mention the excellent West Beach Cafe in Littlehampton designed by Asif - that was award-winning and serves the best fish and chips on the south coast.
The higher profile architects like Hopkins and ZHA are clearly and publicly linked with the Olympics despite the gagging orders. It is the many other lesser known architects, consultants and suppliers who need to be able to promote their work on Olympic projects to benefit not just themselves but the UK economy.
This is very sad. George Oldham has given many year's good service to the RIBA and the profession. His unfortunate comments seem out of character, but he has done the right thing to stand down. The more serious issue here is to get some resolution to the ridiculous internecine war between the RIBA and ARB.
Comment on: Ruth Reed in failed bid to oust Harry Rich
I still can't quite work out what all the fuss among the members in the London Region has been about, but I've been working closely with the staff at RIBA London for the past year on the London Festival of Architecture 2010 and we are now planning for 2012 and, under Tamsie Thomson's leadership, they have been BRILLIANT!
Comment on: How to get thrown out of The Building Centre
I'm afraid the informant for this story got it wrong. Early in the day, the speaker had been so rude to one of the female staff of the NLA that she was in tears. He was later pretty offensive to me after I did not read out his introduction (because it was totally unsuitable for the public audience), but I can't say I was too worried about his calling me 'a-critical' - I was chairman after all. But then he was rude to Debbie Whitfield, NLA Director and I said "You are being very objectionable and I think you should leave." He continued to abuse Debbie and I suggested again, more firmly, that it was time for him to go. He was not, as reported, then escorted out by three members of staff. He moved to the middle of the space next to the model and, with a group of grinning friends, pointedly remained there for about half an hour until we started to lock up (everyone else had gone). He then left under his own steam.