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Kohn Pedersen Fox rejects US registration criticisms

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Lee Polisano, partner of US practice Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF), has hit back at fresh criticisms of US architects working in the UKmade this week by RIBA Council member Paul Hyett.

Hyett accuses KPF and other US practices of showing 'a cynical disregard for UKlaws and for the RIBA, ' by including the names of architects not registered with the RIBA in the RIBA directory of practices for the year 2000.

The directory, currently being printed, will contain the names of KPF's seven directors, only two of which are registered with the RIBA. But both Kohn and Polisano are registered with ARB and RIBA and Polisano said that all the work carried out by KPF in this country is practised under his registration. 'I'm happy to remove everyone's name in the directory except mine, ' he said. 'But we are running a global practice.'

The RIBA demands that 80 per cent of the permanent architects in a practice must be registered with the RIBA for the practice to be listed. But the membership department is forced to take this on trust. Hyett claims that this use of the directory represents an abuse of title by the Americans.

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