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briefing notes paul hyett

When and where were you born?

Conceived at the Festival of Britain; born in South Wales

What is your favourite building and why?

BA's London Eye. Britain's Eiffel Tower, brilliantly executed, it is elegance at the edge, and oh so simple, yet what fun.

What is your favourite restaurant/meal?

Egg and chips with a glass of red wine.

What vehicle(s) do you own?

Modern: Austin Cambridge with a maroon stripe.Classic: A 1948 Alvis soft-top with a Tickford body.

What is your favourite film?

The Graduate - whatever happened to my Mrs Robinson?

What is your favourite 'design classic'?

Douglas Scott's Routemaster: Britain's best ever double-decker bus: thin to slip through traffic; jump on and off at will.Wonderful!

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

Alsop's Fourth Grace. Thank goodness Liverpool won't ever get it together.

Who or what is your biggest architectural influence and why?

Cedric Price. I worked there from '73 to '78. Irreverent, mighty thinker, courageous activist, Cedric's energy was infectious and his wit and constant laughter was a joy to behold. What a boss - friend for life!

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

Peter Buchan - Ryder's design director.The consummate and complete architect: gifted planner, synthesiser of space, a doer, a maker, a thinker and a leader.

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

An inventor. I developed the wristwatch calculator in 1973; travel Scrabble in 1975 (but someone had already done it) and the Embankment/Southbank underground exit in '95 - that should happen soon.

What would your motto be?

Don't look down.

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