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pankaj patel

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briefing notes

When and where were you born?

Missionary Hospital in Tanzania, east Africa.

What is your favourite building and why?

Mies van der Rohe's Barcelona Pavilion (pictured) , seamless integration of architecture and landscape.An essay in light, texture and colour.

What is your favourite restaurant/ meal?

Casa Decha, Boa Nova Restaurant, Portugal - Alvaro Siza's early masterpiece, classic example of genius loci !

What vehicle(s) do you own?

Audi A2.

What is your favourite film?

Akira Kurosawa's Kagemusha .

What is your favourite book?

The Travels of Marco Polo .

What is your favourite 'design classic'?

Two wheeled bicycle - form follows function.

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

Aylesbury Housing Estate, Southwark - a non-place, you could run the entire London Marathon on the first floor access deck and only change level twice!

Who or what is your biggest architectural influence and why?

Louis Khan's thoughts: Between Silence and Light .Thoughts illustrating the relationship of form, light and material to create a place of 'spirit'.

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

Andrew Taylor.

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

Photographer.

What would your advice be to architectural students?

Nothing is original, its all been done before, every trick!

What would your motto be?

Be intuitive.

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