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RA and the RIBA clearly make ideal bed fellows

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I was delighted that Will Alsop put forward the case for the RIBA's drawings collection to be located at the Royal Academy.

I, too, am an enthusiastic supporter of this option because I believe that these two privately funded crusaders for the arts should naturally be more closely associated - including the revival of architectural education at the RA which has a professor and no students, but that's another story!

The RA option would also render it far less likely for the RIBA to lose ownership of the collections than embroilment with a state-funded institution, a loss which I am sure some of those closest to the V&A option, expect but do not express. This outcome would be a diminution and a tragedy for the RIBA whose ordinary members built up the good repute and resources that created the collections as a whole.

I hope that the V&A option, which I couple with the nearloss of education to the ARB, will in future be seen as a relic of the defeatist attitudes of the early 1990s that did so much damage to the Royal Institute.

It always surprised and, by proxy, embarrassed me that architects in the RIBA could not solve their own accommodation problems.

How exciting it would be if, at last, architects at the RA and the RIBA, with their artist colleagues, could produce what to me is the ideal solution for part of our artistic heritage and future - and the RIBA should ask for Alsop's works as part of that future now!

Peter Gibbs-Kennet, Bisley, Gloucestershire

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