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Q & A - Ferhan Azman Azman Owens Architects

When and where were you born?

1962, Bursa, Turkey.

What is your favourite building and why?

Hagia Sophia in Istanbul - as an architectural student it showed me what could be achieved.

What is your favourite restaurant/meal?

Korfez restaurant on the Asian coast of Istanbul.You get picked up by a small fishing boat from the European side of the town.You are served with drinks and taken to the restaurant, where they serve the most delicious grilled sea bass on a bed of salt.

What vehicle(s) do you own?

Mercedes Avant Garde 160.

What is your favourite film?

Seven Samurai by Akiro Kurosawa.

What is your favourite book?

Slaughter House 5 by Kurt Vonnegut.

What is your favourite 'design classic'?

DCM Chair by Charles Eames.

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

Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates' extension to the National Gallery - what a pity.An excellent opportunity was wasted due to lack of fortitude.

Who or what is your biggest architectural influence and why?

Burak Uzman, my classmate at the architectural college in Istanbul, who introduced the truth about architecture to me.

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

Bryan Parkin, who at the moment works for the very fortunate Avanti Architects, because of the way he translates his experience of good architecture into his work.

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

Something to do with film-making.

What would your advice be to architectural students?

Try to work in the construction industry as soon as you start studying.

What would your motto be?

It's never too late.

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