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briefing notes: laurie chetwood

When and where were you born?

1957, in the Cotswolds.

What is your favourite building?

Sagrada Familia (pictured), because it is unique and original. It rallied against the austerity of the Modern Movement and is still evolving.

What is your favourite restaurant and meal?

Fish and chips at Toffs in Muswell Hill, London.

What vehicle do you own?

Aston Martin DB7.

What is your favourite film?

The Producers.

What is your favourite book?

Tender is the Night by Scott Fitzgerald.

What is your favourite design classic?

Citroen DS 21 Pallas.

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

Guildford Cathedral. It spectacularly misses the opportunity.

Who or what is your biggest architectural influence and why?

Gaudí, because he broke all the rules, was totally original and his work still excites millions of people.

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

Stephen Adutt.

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

An artist.

What would your advice be to architectural students?

It is time for a change; don't be afraid to buck the trend.Be original and proud of it.

What would your motto be?

Be careful what you set your heart on for it will surely be yours.

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