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....and appreciate how he raises standards

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I was appalled by Gavin Stamp's ignorant comments about Foster and Partners. While I have great respect for Gavin's own field of work, such comments lead me to suggest he should not venture beyond it.

With such a shortage of truly fine modern architecture in the UK, I am all for seeing more of Foster's work. I have collaborated with the practice on many occasions - Swiss Re, Albion Wharf, Selfridges, Sainsbury's. I can vouch for the practice's skill, sensitivity and innovation. They are one of very few firms of such vision and professionalism, which serve the industry and society so prolifically.

Far from denying work for talented but smaller offices, they are party to reeducating the whole populace, all of whom are potential clients, for the smaller practices. The time to complain will be when the principal partners retire and pass their legacy to less skilled successors.

I know Lord Foster and his partners thought about this as thoroughly as they do their designs.

Gavin should not waste his time berating a producer of good architecture, when so many others come nowhere near Foster's standards. These others should move over for the younger practices.

Richard Coleman, The Richard Coleman Consultancy, London

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