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RIBA Gold Medalist Chipperfield hits out at Gove

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David Chipperfield has attacked ‘anti-architect’ education minister Michael Gove after picking up his RIBA Gold Medal last night (10 February)

Speaking at a special dinner at the institute’s headquarters in Portland Place, Chipperfield hit out at recent slurs on the profession made by Gove at a Free Schools conference. Gove singled out Richard Rogers for particular criticism adding that he thought the public did not want to make architects any richer by getting them involved in future school work..

Chipperfield said: ‘Not since Prince Charles has somebody said something so dangerous about architecture.’

The riposte from Chipperfield echoes comments made in his interview with the AJ in which he claimed Gove’s repeated outbursts showed that the profession had sunk as ‘low as it could go in the esteem of the forces that should be valuing [it].’

Meanwhile, at the same event, Ed Vaizey raised eyebrows when he also took a swipe at Gove and anti-design Free Schools champion Toby Young.

Culture minister Vaizey, who was collecting his honorary RIBA fellowship, said: ‘I’ll let you know where my loyalties lie. I had a choice between this and seeing a play about Free Schools with Toby Young.

‘I don’t have anything against Toby, but this is one thing we don’t agree on.’

Vaizey went on to say that, having been shown around Palladian Villas by Michael Manser when he was 16, architecture meant a great deal to him and was acutley aware of the imapct it could have.

Ed Vaizey at the Stirling Prize

Ed Vaizey at the Stirling Prize


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  • Well at least someone's standing up for the image of the profession on this. What are the RIBA doing? Let's hope for discussions behind closed doors, because at the moment I’m feeling particularly out in the cold when looking in the popular media for our professional body.

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