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Lack of understanding in this story of pure fiction

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I wish to bring to your attention several inaccurate assumptions drawn by Steven Palmer in his article about the Museum of Modern Literature competition for Marbach, Germany (AJ 21.3.02).

I was not 'frustrated by Chipperfield' - I was disappointed not to be awarded the project after winning the joint top prize in the competition, but have been around long enough to know that competition promoters often reserve the right to appoint an architect other than the winner to execute a competition project. Indeed, we ourselves have benefited in the past when a client has exercised this prerogative in our favour, so it would be churlish of me to complain or express frustration when it operates in reverse.

Manuel Schupp's complaint, as discussed with your reporter, was also not about the promoter's rights, but the manner in which they were exercised.

Our entry, as always, was the product of a team effort - in this case, architects, exhibition designers, engineers etc - including Charlie Sutherland - all of whom were credited in our submission. To state that our entry was 'subcontracted to Edinburgh-based Sutherland Hussey Architects' is pure fiction and exhibits a lack of understanding of the way in which we work.

It is unfortunate that Steven Palmer did not speak to me before he presented his assumptions as facts in an apparent attempt to pitch architect against architect and denigrate our professional integrity.

Michael Wilford, London NW1

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