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Gosh - what a miserable mess Ed Dorrell has revealed in his article on the AABC. I come out on the side of Ian Salisbury and Jim Cuthbertson - the AABC has evolved into a self-protecting cartel which should be shattered. I do declare interest here: I was once a member but it threw me out because I had not overseen a restoration project for a couple of years. (I had been responsible, among many others, for the restoration of the Old Bailey. ) But let us not forget why the AABC was formed.

Architectural education has generally drifted away from the teaching of construction and technology. All too often the RIBA had been recommending architects who appeared to lack the appropriate knowledge and skill for this work.

English Heritage became, quite understandably, concerned that a register of architects with appropriate skills should be developed. Sadly, the AABC appears to have hijacked this initiative for its own selfish ends. It will surely get its comeuppance? probably next time.

Paul Hyett, Ryder HKS

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