Thank you for a provoking article ("Is Architecture Becoming the Latest Merchandising Fad?" by Sam Hall Kaplan, Aug. 6). As a graduate of SCI-ARC, I know well the elitist view noted by Michael Ross.
It is refreshing and encouraging to see an alternative view of the "funky, punky structures" in such a widely read publication as The Times. Please know that there are many in the profession who agree with (architect John) Lautner.
To question the validity of the trendy work so prevalent in the media these days is somewhat akin to the emperor himself pointing out that he has no clothes.