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Q & A - Bob Ghosh Kinetic

When and where were you born?

Leicester, 1966.

What is your favourite building and why?

Farnsworth House, Plano, Illinois.

A truly timeless building that fits the site more perfectly than any other building on any other site.

What is your favourite restaurant/meal?

The tiger prawns at Taj Bengal in Calcutta, India.

What vehicle(s) do you own?

A blue Audi A4.

What is your favourite film?

Fargo or The Big Lebowski. The Coens are pure genius.

What is your favourite book?

Process; A Tomato Project is the one I look at most often for inspiration.

What is your favourite 'design classic'?

Probably the Citroën SM that looked like the Pink Panther car.

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

The White House in Washington DC, for what it represents.

Who or what is your biggest architectural influence and why?

Mies. He understood material, scale and detail like nobody else.

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

My fellow director at Kinetic, John Shakeshaft.

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

A celebrity chef.

What would your advice be to architectural students?

Argue with your tutors at every opportunity, then shock them by doing some work.

What would your motto be?

Burn the candle at both ends and in the middle as well.

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