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Q & A - Ceri Davies Ushida Findlay Architects

When and where were you born?

1971, Holyhead.

What is your favourite building and why?

The Turbine Hall at Tate Modern - one of the few places in London where the scale lets you escape, yet also draws you into watching the peculiarities of humans in motion.

What is your favourite restaurant/meal?

Rice 'n'Spice, Stoke Newington, north London - the perfect balti.

What vehicle(s) do you own?

Ford Puma and, for one more week, a Moto Morini motorbike.

What is your favourite film?

Finding Nemo.

What is your favourite book?

Any atlas.

What is your favourite 'design classic'?

Brionvega TS502 radio designed by Zanuso & Sapper in 1962.

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

Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor - a brutal bunker of a hospital presenting the most threatening approach to Anglesey that you could imagine.

Who or what is your biggest architectural influence and why?

The freedom of imagination and invigoration you only get from far-flung travel.

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

There's never been just one person and I can't believe there ever will be.

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

An average photographer.

What would your advice be to architectural students?

Get educated before you get an ego.

What would your motto be?

Tell the truth - but time it well.

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