Q & A
When and where were you born?
1942, Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire.
What is your favourite building and why?
Notre Dame du Haut, Ronchamp.
It made the hairs on my neck stand up.Each part of its form affects its neighbour in a way that could not happen in machine architecture.
What is your favourite restaurant/meal?
Gordon Ramsay, Chelsea, for utter civility and glorious taste.
What vehicle(s) do you own?
An S-class Merc.
What is your favourite film?
Some Like it Hot (I notice several other interviewees agree too).
What is your favourite book?
It's always changing.Currently The Rise of the Creative Class , by Richard Florida.
What is your favourite 'design classic'?
Sharp Aquos flat-screen telly.
What is the worst building you've ever seen and why?
The late World Trade Center in NYC: crushing banality, hopeless urbanism, but I miss its skyline contribution.
Who or what is your biggest architectural influence and why?
My biggest influence is urban design, discovered during my second degree at Liverpool; it reoriented the inside-out approach, which I otherwise would have been stuck with.
Who is the most talented architect you've worked with?
Tony McGuirk at BDP.
If you hadn't been an architect, what would you have been?
Sorry, I was born fixated.
What would your advice be to architectural students?
You have a lot to learn that they don't teach in school; remember too that you are entering the world of the built environment through one of its many doors.
What would your motto be?