I read with dismay at the comments made by messrs Bourne et al in respect of the Millau Bridge, and in particular those directed at Sir Norman Foster (NCE last week). Is it really Sir Norman's fault that the press and public have such a high opinion of him, whether misdirected or not?
I have been continually amazed over the years at the perpetual moaning by fellow professionals at our lack of public profile while harping on about the status of the architect. Give credit where credit is due - Sir Norman has obviously worked very hard over a long period of time to achieve his recognition.
I consider myself to have been extremely privileged to have spent part of my formative years working under the late Phil James at Northampton Borough Council. His attitude was that we are all part of a team, the best way forward is to work together and the best solution is always achieved by the best compromise.
Colin Boon (M), Colin Boon Associates, Glenwood House, Efail Isaf, CF38 1AR