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Hellman

'This week 27,000 voting slips went out to 27,000 architects. Their deliberations won't exactly be rushed; they have six weeks to rank three names in order of preference. Rome wasn't built in a day, and clearly the pace of architectural thought hasn't quickened much in 22 centuries. But by March we will know who is to be the new President of the RIBA. Should we care? Readers, the startling answer is yes. No art form matters more than architecture . . .' Richard Morrison. The Times, 15.1.99

'Marco Goldschmied is alone in offering the riba a missionary philosophy that adds up to more than the sum of its 27,000 members' self-interests.' Richard Morrison. Ibid.

'To be an architect takes curiosity and a degree of naivety; I think you have to be an absolutely hopeless optimist, otherwise I don't think you'd ever survive.' Sir Norman Foster. Daily Telegraph, 16.1.99

'If someone had described Norman 20 years ago they would have said he is brilliant; 10 years ago, morose. Now they would say he is happy.' Brian Clarke on Sir Norman Foster. Ibid.

'Norman told me he couldn't be at the Ivy before 1.30pm, as he had to fly to the Reichstag and back that morning. He was dead on time.' Sir Claus Moser. Ibid.

'Lord Rogers is to air-conditioning ducts what Wordsworth was to daffodils.' Ross Clark. IoS, 17.1.99

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