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Big names say no to architecture champion post

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Lord St John of Fawsley, Lord Rogers of Riverside and Architecture Foundation chief Lucy Musgrave have ruled themselves out of the running for the culture department's £30,000 a year architecture champion job.

Lord Rogers said of the two-day-a-week post: 'I have too many things to do. I don't think it will go to an architect but there is no reason why it shouldn't. The person must have passion. It is a very important job.'

riba president David Rock commended the 'fantastically important role' this week for showing that the government wants the new Architecture Commission, as it will probably be called, to embrace wider issues such as urban design, landscape and planning.

Asked whether he would stand, Lord St John of Fawsley said: 'Are you out of your mind? I've been doing that job for the last 15 years. I wouldn't mind the back-pay though!'

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