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Code leaves no roomfor complacency

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Letters

I am astonished at the apparent complacency of the letters from Barbara Kelly and Andrew Finch (aj 15.1.98). Both seem to take 'Standard 11' out of its fullcontext.

Part of that rule makes it an offence to report a suspected breach and, elsewhere, not to take up any position whereby one might be in conflict with the requirements of the Code.

Having carefully read through the whole code in its last draft form (ie, substantially as it was approved by the Board), I found it internally inconsistent and largely ignorant of the processes of both design and building. That is consistent with the general public ignorance on those matters. I have made detailed comment on it to riba hq and Region, and await the answer to my question, 'Am I in breach of the code by the acceptance of an appointment as arbitrator in a building dispute where the contract has gone wrong (somehow) and another architect is involved', seeing that the essence of arbitration is privacy and confidentiality? I should like to know, as it will substantially affect my livelihood.

PAUL DARRINGTON,

Registered architect and registered arbitrator

Carshalton, Surrey

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