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Critic Alan Powers had fun in the Christmas Spectator , matching today's architects with those of a century ago. Some then and now have no equivalents, he suggested: Zaha Hadid or Lutyens, for example.

But he did find interesting parallels for other figures. Te r r y Farrell he compared to Richard Norman Shaw, as 'a popular rebel against the strict architectural orthodoxy of his time'; Lord Rogers is paired with Sir Aston Webb, the latter 'a successful establishment architect about whom there always clung an aura of the studio rather than the drawing office'. Powers had fun with Lord Foster, who has 'high productivity, perfect taste. . . and a nostalgia for the avant-garde of 60 or so years ago'.

His match, 'a rather surprising one', is G F Bodley, 'consummate architect of the late Gothic Revival' and designer of the Anglican Cathedral in Washington DC. Other links: Sir Michael Hopkins and Chelsea Town Hall designer J M Brydon;

David Lea and C F Voysey; Will Alsop and Charles Rennie Mackintosh; Sir Denys Lasdun and Alfred Waterhouse; Sir Colin St John Wilson and G E Street - except that the former survived the British Library, while the law courts killed Street.

Things must be getting better. . .

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