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Q & A

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When and where were you born?

13 May 1961, Lewes, East Sussex.

What is your favourite building and why?

Mies' Lake Shore Drive Apartments. Just perfection.

What is your favourite restaurant/meal?

Fresh fish and white wine, anywhere outside, by a beach in the Med.

What vehicle(s) do you own?

I don't use a car on business ever, probably because we have a dirty old Renault Scenic. It gets my two young boys and all their gear around.

What is your favourite film?

The Fountainhead. I'm aware of Ayn Rand's dodgy beliefs, but it's fun to see an architect superhero for once.

What is your favourite book?

Le Grand Meaulnes by AlainFournier.

What is your favourite 'design classic'?

Concorde. I hate BA for stopping it, an evil act of dreamkilling. They should at least have given Branson a goà What is the worst building you've ever seen and why?

The Judge Institute, Cambridge, by John Outram. Pompous.

Who or what is your biggest architectural influence and why?

Stuart Mosscrop, my former boss.

An excellent critic and an awesome presence. Well underrated.

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

Andrew Mahaddie, my tutor at college and a colleague at Conran Roche, now at YRM. He draws like an angel, teaches like a saint and makes me laugh until I cry.

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

A maths teacher, a scriptwriter or a graphic designer.

What would your advice be to architectural students?

Do it for love, not money.

Recognise and value your skills, but don't try to be a superstar, just try to be good.

What would your motto be?

There's nothing clever in complexity; there is a good reason for the right angle (partly stolen from fellow director Matthew Wood).

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