On my return from annual leave, I arrived at my desk to be confronted with unhappy members commenting on your article 'Help-needy householders must beware the BBC's Good advice' (Legal Matters, AJ 29.7.04).
While applauding your article, our members did feel it unfortunate that you used the highlighted 'Technologists are architects who haven't completed their exams, so fees should be lower' quote to draw the reader to the article, as this in itself gave a wrong impression.
As your readers fully appreciate, the British Institute of Architectural Technologists is a fiercely independent institute, qualifying and promoting the benefits of those working in the discipline of architectural technology. We are fully aware of the article in BBC Good Homes magazine and had received an apology from the editor, Lisa Allen, in relation to the inaccuracy relating to architectural technologists. We have also made comment on the accuracy of the technical advice, and we are exploring working with the magazine to help ensure that accurate information is provided in the future. We hope that the AJ has made similar comments to the publishers also.
After all, it is in the interest of all involved with the construction process to get positive, accurate and regular advice and information out to the consumer. It could lead to a better-educated client and a more interested user.
Francesca Berriman, chief executive, British Institute of Architectural Technologists, London EC1