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briefing notes: richard murphy

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When and where were you born?

In a nursing home in Bramhall, Cheshire - which is now demolished.

What is your favourite building and why?

Maison de Verre - Paris. A complete total design of breathtaking innovation and ingenuity.

What is your favourite restaurant/meal?

The Train Bleu at the Gare de Lyon, which I discovered once by accident. It is a baroque extravaganza and is full of the romance of the night train to the south of France.

What vehicles do you own?

A Renault Clio 1.8 and a Pegasus Quantum 582 microlight.

What is your favourite film?

Monsieur Hulot's Holiday.

What is your favourite book?

Times Atlas of the World.

What is your favourite 'design classic'?

Citroen 2CV What is the worst building you have ever seen and why?

The disaster of Heathrow Airport:

a monster out of control and a national disgrace.

Who or what is your biggest architectural influence and why?

Scarpa - he made the idea of working with history poetic and vivid.

Who is the most talented architect you have worked with?

Richard MacCormac.

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

A musician. I would like to have been a singer but I'm not sure I would have been good enough.

What would your advice be to architectural students?

It is a fantastic way of spending your life - but be prepared for what might be a rocky ride along the way.

What would your motto be?

It is on our note paper (in Latin):

'They despise my invention; I their timidity.'

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