When and where were you born?
Glasgow, December 1955.
What is your favourite building and why?
The Glasgow School of Art. This is a great building with a simple plan and complex section. It's personal for me as I went there for classes as a child and as a student.
What is your favourite restaurant/meal?
I had the best meal I ever tasted at the Manoir aux Quat'Saisons once, but Christmas dinner is probably my favourite meal as it's always a turning point between periods of intense work and relaxation.
What vehicle(s) do you own?
What is your favourite film?
What is your favourite book?
Pride and Prejudice.
What is your favourite 'design classic'?
The Eames lounge chair and ottoman.
What is the worst building you've ever seen and why?
Any Travelodge because they are ugly and ill-conceived, and despite being hailed as examples of efficient construction techniques, the means does not justify the end.
Who or what is your biggest architectural influence and why?
Isi Metzstein, because he has been a great and generous teacher, friend and mentor.
Who is the most talented architect you've worked with?
If you hadn't been an architect, what would you have been?
What would your advice be to architectural students?
Learn about M&E and structures so they enrich your buildings rather than mess them up. Work with the best people you can in every field and have the courage of your convictions.
What would your motto be?
No matter what happened today, tomorrow's another day.