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High-rise and the tale of two Stewarts

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The article by Peter Stewart (Review, AJ 4.11.04) gave cause for a past architectural student to telephone me. She was a member of a 25-strong final year at the University of Natal's school of architecture, and one of about 20 working in Europe.

To quote her: 'I see you are up to your habits of writing to the architectural press.' Her reasons for telephoning were that I had included highrise structures - from the early Sullivan buildings, the Chicago high-rises, to Sears Roebuck et al - in her third-year building technology course. She was also aware that I had been an associate partner to the practice of Hugh Casson, Neville Conder and Partners, in the 1960s. When she read the article by my namesake, she found it difficult to believe I had not been the author - my namesake had also quoted Casson in the article. She might also have thought I was a member of CABE!

I retired from the headship at the University of Natal and am now living in Hampshire and am involved in a Bournemouth practice.

Dr Peter Stewart, Sway, Hampshire

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