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Too soon to contemplate the RIBA presidency

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I was intrigued to read (AJ 17/24. 8. 00) of Astragal's interest in the topic of the next RIBA president - albeit speculation on possible future candidates was inevitable following the surprising, and many would argue inappropriate, suggestion that Alex Reid is to stand for election.

It is, of course, too early to seriously contemplate this issue:

RIBA Council is currently heavily committed to our current president's busy programme, which has barely reached mid-term. I should, nevertheless, comment on Astragal's statement that previous vice presidents have ducked the thorny question surrounding those US architects which work in the UK in conflict with our registration law.

John Wright has been steadfast in his efforts on this issue on behalf of both the RIBA and EU and it is he (not me! ) who has led the campaign towards a satisfactory resolution of this matter.

I merely gave my support, albeit perhaps unwittingly, gaining an undeserved level of recognition and criticism from the Americans in the process.

The struggle goes on. . .

Paul Hyett, Hyett Salisbury Whiteley, London EC1

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