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Q&A: Rab Bennetts

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Where and when were you born?

Aberdeen,1953.

What is your favourite building and why?

Bennetts Associates Louis Kahn's Kimbell Museum in Fort Worth, for its calm relationship of structure and space.

What is your favourite restaurant/meal?

Italian ham, some cheeses and a glass of Brunello, al fresco.

What vehicles do you own?

Diesel BMW (and a new bike! ) What is your favourite piece of music?

Haydn's Nelson Mass. It revived me when I was flagging!

What is your favourite book?

I tend to read modern history instead of fiction.

What is your favourite design classic?

The Tizio lamp by Richard Sapper.

What is the worst building you have seen and why?

The 1960s St James Centre in Edinburgh, for wrecking the skyline.

Who or what is your biggest architectural influence and why?

My wife Denise, the best critic I know.

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

The late Peter Foggo, as much a master builder as an architect.

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

A conductor (orchestra, not bus! ) What would your advice be to architectural students?

Enjoy it - don't hold back.

What would your motto be?

If at first you don't succeed, aim higher!

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