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London Calling: CHRIS BRYAN, CIRCUS

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Lifestyle

What was the last book you read? Honoured Society by Norman Lewis.

How often do you eat out?About once a week.

What is your favourite restaurant?Something quite fun down in Clapham, called Tuba. It's quite trendy.

Where do you buy your clothes? Amazon, Jigsaw, French Connection - that's not very cool, Amazon.

What is your favourite shop? I haven't got one. I don't go to shops very often and don't think about them.

What colour is your bedroom? Bluish with wooden floors.

What sort of music do you most enjoy listening to? This is really obscure; it's a piece called Fantasy Unbuttoned by Martin Harry. It's modern classical plink-plonk stuff. I also like dj Shadow, techno - but then I also like Neil Young.

What is your favourite accessory? My bike - I like riding to work every day. It's very old and knackered - there's a sort of stupid sentimentality about it. I've also got some quite nice diving gear with bits of stainless steel on it.

What design item do you most covet? I used to have a very sad hankering for Swiss Army knives, which is such a classic, but to be honest I don't really like design items.

Have you got a design solution to an everyday problem, which you haven't already put into practice? I suppose I ride a bike because I don't like cars, so everyone should ride a bike. I've got a silly idea for a bus with a helium balloon on the top of it.

How green are you? I'm quite green, it's in the back of my mind. I wouldn't say I know a huge amount about it, but I ride a bike, I don't like cars, I switch the lights off when I'm not using them, I recycle when the system is available. My own house is inherited from X generations of tenants, so I'm limited to the structure I'm in as far as being green goes.

What do you do in your spare time? Spare time? I went to watch Fulham last night, my first ever live football match. I do a bit of diving, white- water canoeing, walking, reading. I sit around and watch telly as well.

What do you think architects are best at? Being pretentious.

Worst at? Getting on with clients? A lot of architects are very bad at getting their ideas across, so I would say they're worst at communication, at least on certain levels. Also at getting the tender to come back at the right price.

Would you want your children to be architects? We get a raw deal financially relative to the amount of work we do, so probably not , no. I'd like them to be aware of it because it's part of your urban fabric, but you don' t have to be an architect to do that.

Where do you live now? In a council flat - a three-storey tenement block.

In which building would you most like to live? My parents' house in Sussex, a timber 1960s house by Foggo. I'd quite like to live in one of the lofts we do, if I wanted to live in London. There's a quality of inside and outside that's quite hard to achieve in the city. It would be lovely to live in a fantastic house which you had built yourself but it's not that feasible for someone my age.

Which building would you most like to have designed? My mind goes blank . . . I couldn't say, I just couldn't do it. There's so much stuff I like.

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