briefing notes richard feilden
When and where were you born?
Somewhere in Lincoln, March 1950 What is your favourite building and why?
Le Corbusier's Ronchamp, it is one reason why I am an architect.
What is your favourite restaurant/meal?
Favourite meal: in a farmer's greenhouse in a monastery garden high above the Bay of Naples picnicking on local food and wine with architects and engineers from all over Europe, still memorable after 12 years.
What vehicle(s) do you own?
An Audi A4 diesel (55mpg) and a Brompton folding bicycle (3000mpg) What is your favourite film?
Manon des Sources/Jean de Florette.
What is your favourite book?
Fiction, The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy; non-fiction, Flora Britannica by Richard Mabey.
What is your favourite 'design classic'?
The Screwpull corkscrew.
What is the worst building you've ever seen and why?
I hate mediocrity, so any Little Chef, or the Bath Spa Hotel - it ruins a spectacular site.
Who or what is your biggest architectural influence and why?
Ted Cullinan was a spectacular teacher and an inspiration, both on what architects can achieve and how they can work.
Who is the most talented architect you've worked with?
No contest really, but there are two - Peter Clegg and Keith Bradley.
If you hadn't been an architect, what would you have been?
Apart from less satisfied maybe a developer of social housing or an environmental campaigner.
What would your advice be to architectural students?
In the profession you will be most useful with a good grounding but a clear understanding that (unless you are totally brilliant) you will be most valuable developing an area of expertise - train accordingly.
What would your motto be?
In all things, collaborate.