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KATHERINE SHONFIELD

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You would have to wait for the year 2012 until the combined readers of every architectural publication in the UK reached anywhere near the audience numbers of Blind Date. That is why it is essential for the future of architectural education, and its public perception, that the profession seeks out with urgency the identity of 'Rodrigo', the self-avowed architectural student and star turn of last week's show.

Rodrigo, or 'Rod' as he came to be known in the course of his date for reasons undivulged, professed to have been a student at Nottingham. There, as millions of viewers now know, the RIBA Part I candidates 'work hard and play hard'. Rod is now studying in London, by which we can assume that he is a Part II student.

He had enough money to be seen attired in at least three different shirts: we could deduce the Architectural Association. They were resolutely worn outside his trousers: we deduce the 'faux casual' styling of South Bank University Diploma.

But what kind of architectural school willingly gives its students enough time in midterm to jet off to Ireland to bet on a dog? There is only one tenable explanation. Blind Date has been made the innocent dupe of the development phase of one of those Tschumiesque projects where Dog Track meets TV Programme meets Large Circular Encounter Sofa to form the basis of a newly meaningful urban typology. That makes the Bartlett current favourite at 7-2 on.

We need to know.

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