briefing notes: Keith Williams
When and where were you born?
What is your favourite building and why?
The German Pavilion for the 1929 Barcelona Expo by Mies, for its amazing confluence of laminar space and rich materiality in such a tiny building. A masterpiece.
What is your favourite restaurant/meal?
Restaurant: Felix on 28th floor of Hong Kong's Peninsular Hotel by Starck, mainly for the awesome view.Meal: Risotto alle Seppie but only if eaten in the Veneto.
What vehicle(s) do you own?
I mostly use public transport, but to be contrary occasionally borrow my wife's BMW Z3 sports car.
What is your favourite film?
Citizen Kane for its pioneering cinematography.
What is your favourite book?
I have several: Jean-Paul Sartre's trilogy The Road to Freedom; If this is a Man and The Truce by Primo Levi; and Catch 22 byJoseph Heller.
What is your favourite 'design classic'?
The Apple Mac G4 titanium laptop.
What is the worst building you've ever seen and why?
Glasgow Metro's 'The Clockwork Orange'- unutterably cramped and depressing. It makes the London Tube seem good.
Who or what is your biggest architectural influence and why?
Le Corbusier: almost all of the moves are there somewhere in his phenomenal oeuvre.
Who is the most talented architect you've worked with?
Richard Brown, my co-director, and earlier Terry Farrell.
If you hadn't been an architect, what would you have been?
If I had the ability, a composer of classical music.
What would your advice be to architectural students?
Get a job in the best design office you can, work very hard and learn.
What would your motto be?
To be given the opportunity to create fine architecture is a privilege.