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Q&A: Jack Pringle Vice-president, education, RIBA

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When and where were you born?

1952, Glasgow.

What is your favourite building and why?

Daniel Libeskind's Jewish Museum in Berlin. I visited it when it was empty and even then it moved everyone I was with.

What is your favourite restaurant/meal?

The Yacout in Marrakesh. It's in a Riad inside the Medina.

What vehicle(s) do you own?

A Brompton folding bicycle, a Porsche 911 and half a Piper PA32 light aircraft.

What is your favourite film?

Pulp Fiction.

What is your favourite book?

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy.

What is your favourite 'design classic'?

The Nikon F. It was revolutionary 40 years ago and it still sets the format for film photography.

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

The North Peckham housing estates. We can't condemn people to live in 'architecture' like that.

Who or what is your biggest architectural influence and why?

Travel. Corb, Mies, Niemeyer, Nouvel, Libeskind - you have to go and see their work to make it real.

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

Philip Powell. I worked for him for eight years and learnt just about all I know from him.

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

A physicist, because I like finding out what makes things work.

What would your advice be to architectural students?

Keep your eyes and minds open.Take advice and plan your career.

Go to the best school(s), work with the best people. Travel. Give 110 per cent but stick up for yourselves.Learn how to explain things.

When you see an opportunity, take it.

What would your motto be?

'Carpe diem'- I don't do it enough.

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