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Q&A: Nick Terry Building Design Partnership

When and where were you born?

November 1947, in Nottingham.

What is your favourite building and why?

Temple of Maatkare Hatshepsut at Deir al-Bahari, Egypt. It has the pure horizontal forms of Modern architecture even though it was built about 1500 BC.

What is your favourite restaurant/meal?

The best meal I have ever had was at Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, Raymond Blanc's restaurant near Oxford. My favourite meals are in the garden of my house near Cambridge on a hot summer's day.

What vehicle(s) do you own?

Porsche Boxster and VW Polo.

What is your favourite film?

Kagemusha by Akira Kurosawa.

What is your favourite book?

Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells by A Wainright.

What is your favourite 'design classic'?

Wassily chair.

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

The Arndale Centre in Manchester when originally built. It had no scale or proportion and fractured the urban fabric of central Manchester.

Who or what is your biggest architectural infulence and why?

Living in Bath taught me the spatial qualities of urban design and living on the west coast of Canada made me aware of the important contribution landscape can make to architectural design.

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

Arthur Erickson.

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

A naval architect.

What would your advice be to architectural students?

Learn how to use all the visual media - sketching, modelling, CAD - in order to make informed design decisions. Only work for the best architects to learn even more.

What would your motto be?

Do not accept second best.

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