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Sketches 'a work of art in their own right'?

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It is easy to agree with the last paragraph of your editorial (AJ 12.7.01) which describes the 'presentation drawing (as something) . . . to persuade planners, juries and clients . . . a timely reminder that an architectural drawing is a work of art in its own right'.

But how on earth can this be applied to the drawing of Athlone Civic Centre by Keith Williams shown on page 6 which, to add insult to injury, was awarded a £1,000 prize in the RA Summer show. I have to admit I have yet to visit the Architecture room but this drawing would not even merit a pass in a first year course.

What is happening to the ability to draw and communicate the spatial qualities of a design? . If this is an example of the best that the profession can produce who can blame clients for doubting the profession's ability to communicate ideas graphically.

John K Billingham, Abingdon

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