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Rodwell slams RIAS for misleading letters

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Aggrieved Scottish architect Dennis Rodwell has hit out at the RIAS and its officers - the organisation that suspended him and persists in believing him guilty of professional misconduct, although he has been cleared by organisations including the RIBA and the ARB.

Rodwell was reacting to two letters, one from the RIAS president to Rodwell's MP, Archy Kirkwood, and the other from Sebastian Tombs, secretary and treasurer of the RIAS, to The Scotsman newspaper. He has written to both of them, arguing that they have been misbriefed. But, in a separate letter, he writes: 'The two RIAS letters may be the result of misbriefings, but I find this unlikely. If Tombs is not briefed, then who at the RIAS is?'

He continues, 'These letters, in so far as the information they contain is misleading or false, undermine the credibility of the RIAS. It is for the Council and the membership to determine whether their authors are fit to remain in post.'

RIBA Council will next week hear a motion by Rod Hackney that it 'deplores the negative publicity the Rodwell case is giving the profession' and 'calls on the RIAS and its council to resolve the situation promptly'.

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