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Q & A - Conrad Smith Reardon Smith Architects

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When and where were you born?

December 1960, Lindfield, Sussex.

What is your favourite building and why?

The Royal Festival Hall - it epitomises the optimism of the post-war years.

What is your favourite restaurant?

The Regency, Brighton.

What vehicle(s) do you own?

Audi TT Convertible.

What is your favourite film?

Ken Russell's The Boyfriend.

What is your favourite book?

The Architecture of Sir Edwin Lutyens volumes 1, 2 & 3.

What is your favourite 'design classic'?

Braun Phonosuper SK4 radiogram of 1955, nicknamed Snow White's Coffin.

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

The Co-op building in Haywards Heath - it epitomises the failures of post-war architecture.

Who or what is your biggest architectural influence and why?

Arne Jacobsen - clarity of design.

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

Oscar Tusquets.

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

A deckchair attendant.

What would your advice be to architectural students?

Enjoy it.

What would your motto be?

'Life is just a bowl of cherries.'

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