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AJ 100 list is skewed by regional distortions

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Letters

There are two aspects of the AJ100 survey I find puzzling (22.3.01).

In the regional categories, all architects in individual practices are assumed to reside in the head office or the office that replied to the questionnaire.

This means the presence of some practices in certain areas will be much smaller than recorded, and in other areas where they have a large office they will seem nonexistent. To avoid the gross distortions that appear in the tables, practices should be asked to state how many architects they have in each region.

In all areas, except Scotland, the tables are illustrated by the projects of some of those listed.

Here, the work of smaller practices is shown instead. No matter how interesting these projects are, they bear no relevance to the subject matter. If AJ is out of touch with the output of the 11 largest practices, it should perhaps feature them in future issues.

TD Stark, Keppie Architects, Glasgow

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