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The Royal Academy is looking an increasingly attractive proposition as a location for the riba Drawings Collection, especially now that the ra has bitten the bullet and appointed Sir Michael Hopkins as architect for the Burlington Gardens project (formerly the Museum of Mankind). Sir Michael knows plenty about the riba's collections, having designed the Roundhouse scheme killed off by Jacob Rothschild and his anonymous heritage advisers. Who will take the initiative on this? The ra has no wish to appear acquisitional, and negotiations with the riba over things like exhibitions have never been easy. Perhaps the ra's architecture committee chairman, former riba president Richard MacCormac, could help. No doubt all this and more will be aired at the institute on 17 June at 18.30, when the Camden Society of Architects hosts a debate on the matter. One bizarre suggestion which should be stamped on straight away: moving the collections to Swindon.

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