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Affix question couldaffect all architects

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Maurice McCarthy deserves the support of Council and members of all designations, whether the current issue of the professional affix affects them now or not (aj 15.1.98). None of us knows what future vicissitudes may affect our working activities - through which we are able to maintain flexible riba membership and the use of the appropriate affix. To do so out of practice is as essential as it is when in practice.

There are a host of intermediate and associated stages of 'practising or carrying on business' within the profession which will be denied their right to declare their membership if the arb persists in its adoption of narrow and seemingly vindictive interpretations of professional activity.

The arb Code casts a wide net in that 'disciplinary proceedings may be brought in respect of the professional conduct or competence of an architect, whether or not practising or carrying on business under any name, style or title containing the word 'architect'' (Introduction: d) - though 'writing or lecturing' are exempt from some Standards.

Why doesn't the arb leave it at that and allow (!) members to use their affix whether or not always 'practising or carrying on business' as an architect - whatever that may from time to time mean to each of us?

JAMES LEWIS

datum international

Marshfield, Wilts

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