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Q & A -Martin Knight Wilkinson Eyre Architects

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When and where were you born?

December 1967, Brussels.

What is your favourite building and why?

High & Over, Amersham (1929), by Amyas Connell - the first building I appreciated as a child as being modern, different and inspiring.

What is your favourite restaurant/meal?

Le Jardin du Menhir, Patrimonio, Corsica - serves excellent local food and wine.

What vehicle(s) do you own?

Jeep and VW Camper Van.

What is your favourite film?

Big Wednesday.

What is your favourite book?

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M Pirsig.

What is your favourite 'design classic'?

VW Camper Van.

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

Walden 7, Sant Just Desvern, Barcelona - terrifying, big, banal.

Who or what is your biggest architectural influence and why?

It varies.However, the Eames House has always impressed me.

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

I'd like to answer that in 20 years.

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

No idea, hopefully less intolerant of bad design, but I doubt it.

What would your advice be to architectural students?

Don't always listen to advice.

What would your motto be?

My school motto was 'Ad Astra per Aspera' (a rough road leads to the stars), but I didn't follow it religiously.

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