Quickfire Q&A with the RIBA’s new president
Where were you born?
Born in Dublin a long time ago. An Aries
What is your favourite building and why?
It depends on the type of building. Office: Chrysler Building in New York, by William Van Alen. I love its distinctive Art Deco profile on the night sky line.
Sydney Opera House by Jørn Utzon. It looks great arriving by boat into the harbour and is such an organic natural form
Skraplanet Bofaelleskaber in Copenhagen by Jan Gudmand-Hoyer)see below. I would love to live there
Maggie centre at Hammersmith hospital by Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners. Truly inspirational and spiritually uplifting. Good design can heal.
Inner city Housing: The Timber building in Temple Bar Dublin by de Blacam and Meaghar
Schools: Hampshire County architects work of 1980’s and 1990’s
What vehicle do you own?
Street Car -so a selection from a beamer to a VW , and our bikes.
I am a speed walker and a great user of public transport, so we do less than 800 miles a year by car
What is your favourite album?
Sky at night by I am Klute. They have a great sound and John Bramwell is fun - he played at one of my pals 50th recently.
What is your favourite film?
The Age of Stupid. It makes people more think - about their environment. Get it from Love film
What was the wildest night out with an architect?
I couldn’t possibly comment - but the hangover must have been memorable
What is the worst building you’ve ever seen and why?
There are many, mostly not designed by architects, and involve new housing estates for executives in ‘neo Tudor style’ or pattern book detached houses. They leave me cold and angry. The wasted opportunities.
If you hadn’t been an architect what would you have been?
A scientific innovator - transforming ideas directly from nature into modern technology.
Would you recommend being an architect to your children?
I have ……. but they’re not listening!
Who or what has been your biggest architectural influence?
Herman Hertzberger. He believes that the architect’s role is not to provide a complete solution, but to provide a spatial framework to be eventually filled in by the users. Not counting of course my husband and partner Robin Mallalieu.
What is your motto?
‘Actions not words’. It was my old school Motto from Holy Child Killiney