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Andrew Scoones Building Centre Trust

Q & A

When and where were you born?

1959, Shrewsbury.

What is your favourite building and why?

Michael Hopkins'Mound Stand, Lord's Cricket Ground. It's fun, elegant and marked the start of a new wave of creative commissioning in sports buildings.

What is your favourite restaurant/meal?

Home-cooked risotto ai funghi porcini with family and friends.

What vehicle(s) do you own?

A bicycle for commuting and a Renault MÚgane.

What is your favourite film?

Monsieur Hulot's Holiday.

What is your favourite book?

Hunter S Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

What is your favourite 'design classic'?

The Screwpull Table Model corkscrew: clever mix of new materials and mechanics, excellent purpose.

What is the worst building you've ever seen and why?

Self Storage warehouse, Neasden Lane.A shed with misguided pretensions of grandeur.

Who or what is your biggest architectural influence and why?

Derek Sugden, for his ability to bring together creative and practical people interested in making good buildings.

Who is the most talented architect you've worked with?

Martin Ostermann for his cardboard exhibition structure at the Building Centre 2003.

If you hadn't been an architect, what would you have been?

I'm not an architect. I would have been a television producer.

What would your advice be to architectural students?

Get to know people who can make things.

What would your motto be?

Mottos are for schools.

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