Usually one can expect an eclectic range of topics discussed by AJ columnists, but there has been a significant difference in the past month.Paul Hyett has used his column explicitly for championing RIBA initiatives in the period leading up to the RIBA presidential election in which he is a candidate.For a paidfor column it is increasingly becoming a vanity piece.
Has he forgotten that he should be using his position as a columnist more responsibly, or are we seeing the Piers Morgan effect - promote your self value so long as you aren't arrested for noise pollution? Hyett's self-promotion certainly needs to be questioned.
Architecture does not need someone who simply associates himself with success, but someone with the ability to initiate new endeavours and to challenge the profession.
Let's have a more honest use of your magazine for analysing candidates (and less character-witness letters from old friends), and a more democratic use of AJ space and finance - the column represents a subsidy and undue influence for Hyett's campaign.
Hugh Mullen, Guildford