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Viva Las Vegas

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Most prominent of the Brits at the convention was former RIBA president Paul Hyett, one of the very few UK architects to have been made an honorary AIA fellow. His architect father plus family went out for the ceremony, and were warmly welcomed by the many international architect friends Hyett has made over the past decade. The fellowship dinner was compèred by the chancellor of the AIA fellowship at an out-of-town hotel, and was far from stuffy. This rather important person in the AIA hierarchy arrived wearing an Elvis wig and gold lamé jacket, and gave a passable impersonation of 'The King' before reading out the names of 67 new US fellows and the four overseas fellows, and giving a brilliant lecture. Favourite name-check of the night: Richard J Heisenbottle. Worthy of the great Groucho.

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