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Q & A - Martin Markcrow Martin Markcrow Architects

Where and when were you born?

Long Crendon, Bucks, 1966.

What is your favourite building and why?

The Ford Foundation in New York.

It's a timeless design by Roche and Dinkeloo, completed in 1967. A self-effacing masterpiece.

What is your favourite restaurant/meal?

Rasa on Charlotte Street in London for the best Kerala vegetarian food.

What vehicle(s) do you own?

Porsche 911 Carrera.

What is your favourite film?

A Matter of Life and Death by Powell and Pressburger.

What is your favourite book?

Most work by Douglas Coupland.

What is your favourite 'design classic'?

The Supermarine Spitfire.

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

Modern neo-vernacular housing estates in Britain. They've done more damage to our built environment than any single ugly building.

Who or what is your biggest architectural influence and why?

Structural engineers. I've been fortunate to work with some of the best in the world. The best engineers bring a different perspective and contribute enormously to projects.

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

Trevor Denton - he taught me how to design while I worked in his practice and as my tutor at the Royal College of Art (RCA).

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

I nearly swapped courses at the RCA to study vehicle design and am still passionate about cars.

What would your advice be to architectural students?

Learn to draw and design with a pen instead of a computer.

What would your motto be?

'Retain absolute integrity as a designer and as a person.'

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