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briefing notes peter murray

What is your favourite building and why?

At the moment it is the Sydney Opera House. I am writing a book on the amazing, creative relationship between Ove Arup and Jørn Utzon and have become an Opera House bore. Before that it was the Barcelona Pavilion.

What is your favourite restaurant/meal?

Foie gras and toast followed by Gloucester Old Spot and sprout tops at St John in Clerkenwell.

Fergus Henderson's cooking is how I like my architecture - high quality ingredients and no twiddly bits.

What vehicle(s) do you own?

A Scott USA road bike and a specialised Sirrus commuting bike.

What is your favourite film?

Metropolis by Fritz Lang.

What is your favourite book?

London: The Biography by Peter Ackroyd - the best planning book on London ever written.

What is your favourite 'design classic'?

The Mac Classic - the first Macintosh computer by Steve Jobs.

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

Minster Court in the City of London. I call it Munster Court; it's a Post-Modern Gothic horror.

Who or what is your biggest architectural influence?

Norman Foster, because he is a great communicator.He integrates creativity with ruthlessly efficient production and management.

Who is the most talented architect you have worked with?

Buckminster Fuller.He may not have had an architectural background but he was, literally, a genius.

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

I trained as an architect before becoming a journalist and communicator. If I change my mind, I might take up architecture again.

What would your advice be to architectural students?

Learn to draw and learn to write.

What would your motto be?

Ars longa, vita brevis.

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