Memories of my two terms (back in the 1980s) as a RIBA council member came flooding back when I read of the so-called debate between this year's gaggle of presidential hopefuls. It basically seems to be about protectionism, or the style and manner by which a professional sets out his or her stall. But what about architecture itself? Its values and mannerisms; its precious repository of knowledge, example and process? In other words, education.
Of the bunch, only Jack Pringle seems to have the wit to understand these things and has been one of the few to fight away on behalf of education, and still keep the world of academe linked to the world of practice.
His recent pronouncements on these things, as well as the general architectural predicament, seem now to have been mimicked by several of the others.
But it is Pringle who has the wit. So I guess he will get my vote? and hopefully keep council meetings of the future well awake!
Peter Cook, chairman, Bartlett School of Architecture