As the first and only patron of the Macallan Club who is apparently barred for life from becoming a member, for reasons that have remained obscure to me ever since the club was formed, I write about your suggestion in Astragal (aj 06.04.00) that Tom Croft might be eligible for membership.
I am sure you are aware that the principal qualification for membership is the destruction of an architect's own work in his or her lifetime. There are, of course, many other rules which I suspect were made to exclude me, as I know that I was appointed patron on the day the club came into existence.
I have, of course, tested my own eligibility on many occasions, though without success. For instance when we carried out designs for ten of Virgin Atlantic's planes I was informed that should one of these fall out of the sky I would not become a member.
Yesterday I was telephoned by Isi Metzstein, the president of the club, who informs me that your article is wrong - Tom Croft would not be eligible for membership. Metzstein informs me, specifically in the case of Tom, that the club only admits architects, that no engineerscan be admitted, that interior design projects when demolished do not make the architect who did them eligible, and that conniving over the destruction of your own work debars you for life. Unfortunately all of these rules would seem to apply to Croft.
Julyan Wickham, Wickham Associates Architects, London W2