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Q&A - Adam Wilkinson SAVE Britain's Heritage

Where and when were you born?

Macclesfield, 1975.

What is your favourite building and why?

The Tomb of Ismail the Samanid in Bukhara, Uzbekistan - a powerful yet delicate building with hundreds of imitators throughout the world.

What is your favourite restaurant/meal?

I love good food anywhere.

What vehicle(s) do you own?

A rusty old bicycle, affectionately known as the 'wheels of death'.

What is your favourite film?

David Lynch's version of Dune - it is completely flawed as a film but the vision, sets, story and cinematography are wonderful.

What is your favourite book?

Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie, which is a delight.

What is your favourite 'design classic'?

Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing.

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

The Holiday Inn at Mount Pleasant in London. I have the joy of its logo shining through my kitchen window at night, but hope shortly to remedy this through investment in an air rifle.

Who or what is your biggest architectural influence and why?

Samuel Prout's watercolours of historic towns.

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

Probably our 'secret architect', who pulled together an alternative scheme for the reuse of the historic St Mildred's Tannery in Canterbury.

What would your advice be to architectural students?

Look around you at the historic built environment and take note.

What would your motto be?

I'd have to nick off someone else, such as the one above the entrance of Crac des Chevaliers by the Knights Templar, which ends '?avoid pride which spoils all with which it comes into contact'. It sounds a little pretentious though.

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