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The RIBA desperately needs a credible figurehead


Catherine Slessor mentions that the woman Alan Jones is alleged to have had an affair with was 15 years his junior. Does the age of the woman matter any more than her ethnicity? Would if be more acceptable to all if she was more or less the same age as Alan Jones himself? As Slessor herself says with regard to affairs: "Everyone does it". (Do they really?). It would seem to be a form of ageism if an age difference of 15 years were to be considered unacceptable but having the same age not so. What is the age-difference cut-off point for having an "acceptable" affair? 10 years? 5 years?? If 15 years were to be considered an "unacceptable" age difference for a practice leader to have had an affair with an office junior (possibly later leading to marriage), one wonders how many architectural practices might not meet such a criteria of acceptability.

Posted date

19 May, 2020

Posted time

1:15 pm