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The column headed 'percentage change in uk fee income' in the aj's top 100 (aj 29.3.99) in the table headed 'uk Architectural Fee Income 1998' (page 45) should have read 'fee income per architect'.

A brand is worth having, and therefore defending

It may be unnecessary to say this, but here goes: would the small-minded people who endlessly talk about independence of, and splitting from, the mainstream profession as represented by the RIBA in Portland Place tell us why they wanted to be members in the first place? There is no shame whatsoever in wanting the initials RIBA after your name, as a mark that you have passed your professional exams, have willingly accepted the disciplines of an independent professional body, and are happy to be a member of an organisation that has both national and international recognition. There are always arguments for greater autonomy on the part of all regions and branches, and they should be acknowledged. But not at the expense of denying the usefulness of a national asset which has stood the test of time.

Richard Farquhar

Solihull

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