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Cindy Walters Walters and Cohen

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Q & A

When and where were you born?

Melbourne, Australia.

What is your favourite building and why?

La Tourette monastery near Lyon, France, by Le Corbusier because it is timeless, powerful, contemplative and quintessentially modern.

What is your favourite restaurant/meal?

Da Fiore, Venice.

What vehicle(s) do you own?

A 1971 Citroën ID 19.

What is your favourite film?

Gus Van Sant's My Own Private Idaho .

What is your favourite book?

WG Sebald's The Emigrants .

What is your favourite design classic?

My car.

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

Gatwick Airport, because it's such an unromantic place from which to begin a journey.

Who or what is your biggest architectural influence and why?

My university history professor, Barrie Biermann.

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

My partner, Michál Cohen.

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

A doctor of some sort, possibly a paediatrician.

What would your advice be to architectural students?

Learn to draw - I'm sure everyone says that.

What would your motto be?

Never become an old fart.

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