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Ex-DG's peoplephobia betrays RIBA's purpose

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How extraordinary that a former director general of the RIBA should have written that members of RIBA committees meet to 'oversee the activities'of staff (Letters, AJ 23. 11. 00).

That is the role of the chief executive, both now and in the past, as a glance at Alex Reid's old job specification will confirm.

A bit high-flown it may sound, but members communicate with each other (including sometimes by meeting face to face) to do the work of advancing architecture. To claim otherwise betrays a fundamental misunderstanding of the purpose of the institute, as well as a disregard for the architects who give their time to it.

But then, I suppose that some people just don't like people.

Oliver Willmore, Odiham, Hampshire

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