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Q & A -Stuart McLarty De Novo Architecture

Where and when were you born?

Pinjarra, Western Australia, 7 July 1960.

What is your favourite building and why?

Fallingwater by Frank Lloyd Wright. It sounds very clichÚd, but when I saw it I knew I wanted to become an architect.

What is your favourite restaurant/meal?

Langan's Brasserie. Surf and turf:

T-bone steak and boiled lobster.

What vehicle(s) do you own?

An Audi A6 and my beloved mountain bike.

What is your favourite film?

The Godfather I & II.

What is your favourite book?

The Magus by John Fowles. I have read it three times.

What is your favourite 'design classic'?

Charles and Ray Eames' Aluminum Group swivel chair.

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

The former GLC Island Block, which used to be sited in the middle of a roundabout. Thankfully it is soon to be demolished.

Who or what is your biggest architectural influence and why?

Smart clients. They challenge you and keep you from straying to the dark side of self-indulgence. Too many architects have egos bigger than their talent.

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

Andrew Weston and Ray Shiels - I couldn't split them.

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

Involved in movies, somehow.

Maybe not in front of the camera - more likely behind it.

What would your advice be to architectural students?

Get a job with a contractor for six months and try to experience all aspects of working on a site. You then understand the purpose of drawings.

What would your motto be?

'Duty and respect'.

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