Lord Rogers, who joins a long list of signature architects who have come unstuck in Wales, called recent events 'a sad story for the Welsh, for architects and architecture'.
But the Welsh are sensitive to the accusation that they are not patrons of good architecture, and quickly point to Foster's Great Glass House project in their defence. Richard Weston, professor at Cardiff University's school of architecture, agreed that the principality's reputation as an architectural no-go area really is ill-deserved. 'Certainly there is something wrong, ' he said. 'But in many ways it's an extreme version of what is happening nationally.'
Weston believes that although the sacking of RRP is unfortunate, the proposed solution is plain embarrassing: 'This is not just about architecture, but about what makes a nation. The very idea that you can get a parliament building built by a developer, and then rent it off them is absurd.'