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Celtic challenge

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Richard Murphy found working on the new arts centre in Caernarfon (see Building Study, pages 22-29) challenging for all the usual reasons, but also for linguistic ones. This was only the second project he had worked on, he said, in which he had to wear headphones in project meetings, as they were all conducted in Welsh. For many of the larger London practices, apparently, this is not a problem. When they bid for projects such as the extensive courts programme, all the canniest have a native Welsh-speaking architect who they can wheel out for bid meetings. Murphy presumably had to rely on the fact that he was completing the foursome: Irish name, born in England, practising in Scotland, building in Wales.

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