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London Calling: MATT KEELER, KSK

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Lifestyle

What was the last book you read? I read mostly architecture books, Glenn Murcutt is the one I'm reading at the moment.

How often do you eat out? Not that often, once a month.

What is your favourite restaurant? Probably the oxo Tower.

Where do you buy your clothes? Katherine Hamnett, Roger Daks, Woodhouse.

What is your favourite shop? The snag is that I've got a young child, so its the Early Learning Centre, or Habitat, or Heal's on Tottenham Court Road, but that's just because of the windows.

What colour is your bedroom? Red with a green carpet.

What sort of music do you most enjoy listening to? A whole mixture, quite a lot of jazz, some classical and some drum-beat type stuff.

What is your favourite accessory? My laptop.

What design item do you most covet? An imac.

Have you got a design solution to an everyday problem, which you haven't already put into practice? I have them all the time, I'm into product design as well as architecture. I'm really interested in making computers more user-friendly.

How green are you? I recycle like mad and am ever striving for a paperless office. I have all kinds of schemes to develop our house, one of them involving solar panels on the roof, I'm trying to make the house as green as possible. Solar panels are getting more and more efficient and they're actually viable in this country, not many people realise that. You can go to countries like Greece, Spain, Italy and everybody has them, the only snag is that they tend to be tacked on to things so they look rather ugly - I don't think they have to be like that. They can be integrated properly, made to look great and work well in this country - for quite a big proportion of the year you could actually get free energy.

What do you do in your spare time? What spare time? Well, because I'm running my own business there is no spare time, but the principal reason I set up business in the first place was to spend my spare time with my son, and I do.

What do you think architects are best at? Dreaming how to make things better, and they're very good at spending other people's money. It's sort of a leisure profession, it's fine as long as it's not your money - they're very good at losing money too.

Worst at? They're worst at making money, because most people that do it don't really do it for the money. The other thing they're not good at is listening, listening to their clients, and it's something that I constantly remind myself to do. Architects are very good at going off on their own dreamy tangent, and can be almost narcissistic.

Would you want your children to be architects? No. I think it's no way to make a living really, you do too much work for too little money. But I suppose what's good about it is being paid whatever you are paid to do something that you really like doing.

Where do you live now? I live in an Edwardian terraced house in Shepherd's Bush.

In which building would you most like to live? I'd most like to live in a house that I had designed, I tried to do that and looked for sites in London but it's very difficult to find them. If it was an existing building it would be the Chrysler Tower, right at the top.

Which building would you most like to have designed? The Guggenheim in Bilbao.

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