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Duffy can't deny the excellence of finalists

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As a past president, Frank Duffy should be aware of the need for architects to 'pursue excellence' as set out in the RIBA charter. Does he deny that the Stirling Prize finalists fail to meet all or any of the standards required by good architecture?

However well an architect may perform in project management, detailing and in bringing social awareness to the design process, these worthy qualities do not in themselves create landmark architecture; everyone knows that clothes are necessary but whereas grey suits are a means of expressing a sense of responsibility, designer clothes provide delight as well as fulfilling function.

It is this something extra that drives all who are or who aspire to be architects and without it the built environment would be a dull and uninteresting place where every building looks like the one next door.

In today's world that is the objective of most planning authorities but I thought Frank Duffy was above this level of performance.

Peter Melvin, Aldbury, Hertfordshire

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