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Own up to the truth about architects' pay

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Given the positive, high-profile exposure that current architecture is receiving throughout Britain today, it is time for the architectural profession to be honest with itself and the public and shatter the myth that it is well remunerated.

We, like nurses, teachers and other professional service providers, must take cognisance of our worth and demand fair reward. The recent rias salaries survey, seeing those with 10 years' experience earning an average of £23,315 pa, confirms that architects, particularly those at senior levels, are among the lowest-paid professionals in the country, a fact every architect inwardly appears to acknowledge but is too embarrassed to admit or address.

Failure to address this taboo subject will result in the further disenchantment of an already disillusioned profession.

The time is now for the arb, rias and riba to act and defend what I consider to be a worthwhile profession, worthy of sensible rewards.

MARK C McPHILLIPS

Edinburgh

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