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Fair foundation for competitions in future

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Letters

It is reassuring to read Lucy Musgrove's assertion (Letters, AJ 21.12.00) that the Architecture Foundation is impartial in the selection of architects where its influence comes into play.

Our experience is that this has not entirely been the case; one or two largely unknown architects have been selected on at least 10 occasions to feature in exhibitions, appear on project shortlists and design Architecture Foundation exhibitions. It appears certain architects have indeed been unfairly promoted.

A case in point is the recent Kingsdale School project. How much impartiality was exercised when the shortlist was drawn up?

Could I make a plea that the recently announced Architecture Foundation competition for an exhibition structure is ruthlessly fair: that entries are completely anonymous, and that it is run strictly according to RIBA competitions guide lines?

If these procedures are adhered to, any suspicion of nepotism will be removed.

Sarah Holland, London SW6

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