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RA show sidelines best of British architecture

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It was not difficult to detect a lessthan-enthusiastic tone in your review of the architectural section in this year's summer show of the Royal Academy.

Once again, architecture has been relegated to the worst gallery space in the building, which was understandable following the central gallery fire of two years ago, but surely a little unfair for a second time.

I was underwhelmed by the paucity of exhibits and the unexciting nature of most of them. Our profession is riding high in terms of the quality of commissions around and the large number of very talented designers practising. This show would have one believe the opposite.

I cannot believe that this motley collection is the best of what was submitted.

After visiting the academy, I decided to make an analysis of the architectural section: there are 60 exhibits, 26 of them are from Royal Academicians and at least 56 out of the 60 are from London architects.

All in all, is this an incentive for us provincials to keep trying or what?

Roger Stephenson, Stephenson Bell, Manchester

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