LETTER : Caring architects need inspiration of a caring society

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Sir: Please do not blame young architects for failing to design homes ("All style and no conscience", 11 March). As is stated in the article "architects' interests are dictated by the nature of the commissions available to them".

A few may be employed to create museums etc, but too many architects have been thrown on the dole queue or are barely scraping a living from designing minor house alterations for the few people who can afford them.

Instead you should blame a society that has allowed itself to be duped into believing that money-making is more important than compassion, that individual wealth is their right without any responsibility for the welfare of the community. Until society recovers its sense of community there is no space for the caring and creative architect.

Jean S Humphrey-Gaskin

Wembley, Middlesex