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arb/riba debate shows Paul Hyett is priceless

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The flurry of recent letters demonstrates the importance of architectural education and the riba's role in our profession.

Paul Hyett, since being elected vice-president for education last year, has fought a major battle to maintain and expand the riba's commitment to the schools and deserves great credit for the success of his efforts.

That Marco Goldschmied, himself an arb board member as well as riba president, has sought and gained the riba Council's endorsement for Hyett's continued role in this important office demonstrates the respect the profession has for his work.

In the arb/riba debate now nearing a conclusion, Hyett has almost single- handedly established a sensible basis for the regulatory body to work with the riba which will not only benefit education and architecture, but ultimately the public as well.

Future years may well see this as a turning point in the fortunes of the riba whose influence has sadly dwindled in other important fields in recent years.

Architecture needs more people like Paul Hyett and he is to be congratulated on directing his formidable energy and knowledge to sorting out this essential problem.

Rick Mather, Rick Mather

Architects, London NW1

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