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Q & A - Matthew Borowiecki DLG Architects

Where and when were you born?

London, 1956.

What is your favourite building and why?

Ronchamp - it is unbelievably uplifting.

What is your favourite restaurant/meal?

Mussels at Pierre Victoire in Soho.

What vehicle(s) do you own?

A 1929 Austin Seven Chummy, a KTM Adventure motorcycle, a Toyota RAV 4 and several bicycles.

What is your favourite film?

Blade Runner.

What is your favourite book?

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig.

What is your favourite 'design classic'?

Marcel Breuer's Wassily chair.

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

The Bartlett School of Architecture - it is soulless and divisive. The building was new when the school moved there in 1974 - we trashed it!

Who or what is your biggest architectural influence and why?

Ralph Erskine - he is modest, effective and humane.

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

Jon Tollit, now at Gensler.

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

A ski bum.

What would your advice be to architectural students?

Don't do it for the money.

What would your motto be?

'Why worry?'

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