Mick Timpson asks what is the point of Will Alsop's column (Letters, AJ 17.1.02).
Although I understand that Will probably generates (a naive to me) envy to many, I feel that one must not ignore the messages of his column. This column is one of the few (if not the only) articles in the AJ concerned with architecture as a social art and its future as such, and not as a mere profession.
If the pullquote at the end of the page: 'Globalisation, standardisation and quantity surveyors have created an environment that militates against the joys of being different, ' can not give a hint of what Alsop's point is, then I think the problem for architecture might be more serious than expected.
Nevertheless, I want to believe that people are able to see beyond Alsop's trips, jobs etc and worry a bit about the way our profession is shaped and developed. His column shows the way.
On the other hand, I would like to take the opportunity to say that Alsop's practice has recently decided that a graduate with distinction from a school rated as excellent by HEFCE, four years' practical experience and an MPhil in Environmental Design from Cambridge cannot help from a Part 2 position, in making architecture up to its standards.
Let's choose the bright side and enjoy reading that column, though.
Constantine Grapsas, Cambridge