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Q & A Gregory Phillips Gregory Phillips Architects

When and where were you born?

1963, London.

What is your favourite building and why?

Le Corbusier's Villa RocheJeanneret. Heroic, contextual and sculptural.

What is your favourite restaurant/meal?

The bento lunch box at Nobu.

An extraordinary combination of fantastic tastes and textures and great presentation.

What vehicle(s) do you own?

A classic Mercedes 500SEL and a new A class.

What is your favourite film?

Frank Capra's It's a wonderful Life and James Cameron's Terminator 2:

Judgment Day. They both deal with the ability of a person to create and be responsible for their lives and the future.

What is your favourite book?

The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald.

What is your favourite design classic?

Georg Jensen's 345 stainless steel watch, designed by Jorgen Muller.

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

I detest most large 20th-century hospitals - the poor ventilation and design only add to the suffering.

Who or what is your biggest architectural influence and why?

The Mackintosh School of Architecture. I lived with and looked at it for two years.

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

David Chipperfield.

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

A film producer.

What would your advice be to architectural students?

You can only win the games that you play.

What would your motto be?

What do you have to do today to have the world be like your dreams in the future?

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