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Smell the coffee

As Astragal stood in the hallowed atrium of the RIBA headquarters, a moment was stolen to peruse the list of esteemed names to win the Royal Gold Medal that covers the walls. In the other room Pierre and Jacques of Herzog & de Meuron fame were being interviewed by a gaggle of over-excited hacks. And as they gabbed about all things Swiss, a smirk was brought to this old cad’s face, for a poor, young RIBA employee was sent from the interview table to fetch a coffee. A simple request one might think, but this poor maiden was given strict instructions that the coffee from the RIBA café was not good enough and instead she must face the elements outside and purchase a latte macchiato from Starbucks. And people say architects can be divas…

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