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briefing notes: philip bintliff

When and where were you born?

Just before dawn in a snowstorm.

What is your favourite building and why?

Gin Mao tower, Pu Dong - a marvel, cooking fusion.

What is your favourite restaurant/meal?

Sushi in Shanghai, with experts Robert and Ella. Don't ask and it's all delicious.

What vehicle(s) do you own?

A Landcruiser (sorry), Frogeye (my heritage thing), two bikes, Speedos and Walsh PBs (better? ).

What is your favourite film?

Treasure Planet, La Reine Margot, Black Rain.Equally, or in that order.

What is your favourite book?

Revolution in the Head - a creativity fix, and my old 1990 SKK catalogue.

What is your favourite 'design classic'?

I prefer the '51 PB-1 to the prettier '57 Fender Precision 2, with Gibson EB-3 a close second. If anyone knows where I can get an '80 Steinberger, please call.

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

The Design & Build/Post-Modern combo created an above-average crop of buildings to avert the eyes.

Who or what is your biggest architectural influence and why?

The University of Toronto and Mike McKinnel, who suggested it.

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

I've learnt from them all, especially at Studio BAAD - some I want to be like, some I don't, some I could never be like, whatever life throws up.

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

Mum chose ballet, I chose cookery.

Sad cakes led to a woodwork moment, and school chose industrial design. A course they aimed me at changed, so the careers teacher checked what physics, maths and art were good for, to find only one option What would your advice be to architectural students?

Keep your wits about you.

What would your motto be?

I wish I'd kept my wits about me.

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