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Free-school pioneer attacks architects again


A key campaigner behind a project to build a free school in West London has spoken out against ‘touchy’ and ‘expensive’ architects

Toby Young’s comment piece in this morning’s Daily Telegraph refutes the link between buildings and academic performance - the second time he has publicly hit out at the profession’s involvement in the design of schools.

He wrote: ‘As the Prince of Wales has discovered, architects are extremely sensitive if you raise doubts about the value of their work. Anyone doing so is branded a philistine or worse.’

Young places architects ‘at the heart’ of Labour’s Building Schools for the Future programme which he says was in certain cases over budget due to ‘vainglorious architects’.

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Readers' comments (3)

  • A sneering man writing for a horrible paper. Typical Torygraph, but for some reason we seem to care more when the Tories are in power.

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  • John Kellett

    Toby Young: How to lose friends and alienate people!

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  • To Anon 4:12..

    Well said and good luck.
    I'm following you out too.. I've had enough.
    For what was once a passion has slowly become a heartache.

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