I confess I had not anticipated the ire that my first letter (and indeed my subsequent one) regarding the RIAS would elicit from the incorporation's honorary treasurer Keith Macdonald (Letters AJ 5.10.00). Nor had I fully appreciated the tensions within the RIAS that would generate a series of telephone calls (particularly from members in Glasgow) in support of the issues I had raised.
Nevertheless, I was a little surprised at the crude belligerence of Macdonald's latest letter, and note that he has given up all attempt to answer my serious and quite legitimate questions on the continuing series of confusing - and confused - messages emanating from the RIAS Council. Macdonald may perhaps forgive me if I take his slant on democratic representation with a pinch of salt, since I cannot actually recall when the wider RIAS membership was last invited to elect a president or most of the RIAS council, although I suspect that in raising this I will once again simply stand accused of being inaccurate and misleading.
In failing to provide answers and offering rather more bluster than substance, Macdonald hardly makes a compelling case for membership of the RIAS.Might I suggest it is precisely because of such obduracy that 45 per cent of architects in Scotland choose, like me, not to be represented by the RIAS?
Peter Wilson, director, Manifesto Foundation for Architecture, Edinburgh