Q & A - Crispin Kelly Baylight Properties
Where and when were you born?
County Wexford, 1956.
What is your favourite building and why?
Lewerentz's Flower shop, Malmö - very small, very strong, but at the same time informal and casually adapted.
What is your favourite restaurant/meal?
Very cheap (Brixton CafÚ) and very expensive (Gordon Ramsay). The stuff in between is better left alone.
What vehicle(s) do you own?
An old Vespa and a new Citroën Pluriel.
What is your favourite film?
Picnic at Hanging Rock, directed by Peter Weir.
What is your favourite book?
Middlemarch by George Elliot: a Lydgate or a Casaubon?
What is your favourite 'design classic'?
Paraboot shoes - rubber replaced leather soles.
What is the worst building you've ever seen and why?
Imperial Wharf in Fulham. It is very big and very weak. A rash produced in a rush that is going to be irritating for decades.
Who or what is your biggest architectural influence and why?
The Architectural Association.
Good coffee and foreign ideas.
Who is the most talented architect you've worked with?
I hope this will never be settled.
If you hadn't been an architect, what would you have been?
Still looking around for a long training.
What would your advice be to architectural students?
You must be mad to do this.
What would your motto be?
'Don't miss breakfast'.