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Questions of correction before the election

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Letters

Paul Hyett's letter (AJ 30. 11. 00) describes me as issuing information about him which I know to be incorrect. I can assure him that this is not the case.

Following interviews with the candidates, the AJ published some weeks ago a summary of Paul Hyett's 'manifesto' and my own. I have no quarrel with the AJ's summary of my own position, which was entirely accurate. Within its summary of Paul Hyett's position the AJ reported that:

'Hyett will. . . Allow non-architect professionals in other parts of the building industry to use the RIBA suffix in their professional life. '

'I want to acknowledge the people in the world of architecture who have contributed substantially to the built environment in nontraditional routes, people such as clients, developers and estate managers, ' he says. 'If you haven't got Parts 1,2 and 3 you can't register and so can't use the RIBA suffix. I have already opened discussions with the ARB on how we might adjust this. '

I accordingly, and in good faith, included the following in the questions and answers section of my election website at www.alexreidwebsite.com:

Q. Do you agree with Paul Hyett's proposal to allow non-architect professionals in other parts of the construction industry to use the RIBA suffix in their professional life.

A. No. I believe it would devalue the RIBA suffix and confuse clients. The Hon Fellow scheme is already available to honour distinguished co-professionals. Everyone can join the RIBA as a subscriber member (without the right to use the RIBA suffix).

I am afraid that I missed Hyett's letter to AJ (26. 10. 00), and therefore had no idea, until reading his letter in last week's issue, that the AJreport on his manifesto had been mistaken.

I have now removed that question and answer from my website. If your readers find other matters in my website that require correction I would be grateful if they could let me know and I would be pleased to correct them.

Alex Reid, Cambridge

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