Architects aren’t just an arrogant lot, according to playwright Oren Safdie, whose satire on the profession opens this week (see Focus), they are also gullible.

He wrote a spoof interview with one of the fictional characters from his play, Erhardt Shlaminger, who confesses that his glasses are for show, his favourite architect is himself and that his projects are so intertechangeble that to save money on competitions he recycles chunks from old models. On publication, New York magazine Metropolis received dozens of calls from architects — and journalists desperate to track down the inimitable Mr Shlaminger.