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Q&A: Chris Williamson - Weston Williamson

When and where were you born?

1956, Stanley, Derbyshire.

What is your favourite building and why?

LA's Eames House, Pacific Palisades - the best architecture.

What is your favourite restaurant/meal?

I love seafood, especially anywhere outdoors in the sunshine.

What vehicles do you own?

Nothing but Citroens as I like the quirky design.Cars seldom excite, but I love my Cannondale cycle.

What is your favourite film?

Stand By Me , or at Christmas, It's A Wonderful Life.

What is your favourite book?

With novels I read anything. I love Martin Amis but it's still hard to beat Catcher in the Rye .

What is your favourite 'design classic'?

Jonathan Ive's Apple Powerbook or the Quad Valve Amps I've had for 25 years.Good design lasts.

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

The Farringdon Road is a bit of a depository of bad design.There's a building to the east adjoining Farringdon Station, and the Holiday Inn.Difficult to explain why, but it's bad proportion, materials, detailing and fenestration.

Who or what is your biggest architectural influence and why?

Working with Michael Hopkins in the '80s was a fantastic experience.

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

Andrew Weston and Steve Humphreys.All students together and 25 years of working since.

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

I can honestly say there is nothing I would rather do.

What would your advice be to architectural students?

Don't follow fashion, relax, and enjoy.

What would your motto be?

Ilkeston Grammar School's motto was labor omnia vincit, 'work conquers all', and I'll go with that.

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