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ARB must realise architects are for life

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Having practised on my own account or as chairman of Maguire & Co for 42 years, got myself a fair reputation internationally, taught architecture as head of a school for nine years, with three of my buildings listed as being of historic (sic) interest, I feel at 66 that I'm an architect to the core of my being. Who could blame me? If I were to retire, I would simply not be prepared to have the ARB tell me I'm not one: the notion is selfevidently ludicrous. So I'm going to go on confidently calling myself an architect for the rest of my life, because I am one.

Moreover, while I have, yes, to buy my RIBA suffix each year, my AA Diploma is undoubtedly mine, and the Dip Arch that hangs on the walls of my exstudents must also be theirs for keeps.

The ARB wants to take it away on retirement. What does it want to do about PPRIBAs? Does it have to rewrite personal histories?

In 1994 plumbers had, by law, to give up calling float-operated valves 'ball-cocks' because the term was deemed sexist (sexist? ). The ARB's piece of applied law comes a very close second in the asinine stakes.

ROBERT MAGUIRE OBE Thame, Oxfordshire

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