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Q&A: Terry Farrell - Terry Farrell & Partners

Where were you born?

Manchester.

What is your favourite building and why?

The Great Mosque, Cordoba - Roman, Muslim, Christian and Jewish layered sublimely.

What is your favourite restaurant?

Odin's.

What vehicle do you own?

None.

What is your favourite film?

The Leopard (directed by Visconti).

What is your favourite book?

Collage City.

What is your favourite 'design classic'

The original anglepoise lamp.

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

The Department of the Environment, Marsham Street (a monolithic, view-spoiling lump).

Who or what is your biggest architectural influence?

Frank Lloyd Wright.

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

My partner, Aidan Potter.

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

I wanted to win the gold medal in the marathon at the Olympic Games.

What would your advice be to architectural students?

Beware the style conformity of architectural education - but also enjoy it for the moment.

What would be your motto?

Be open and tolerant but also be focused.

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