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London Calling: NIGEL DYKE, JESTICO + WHILES

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What was the last book you read? A biography of Turner.

How often do you eat out?Once a week.

What is your favourite restaurant? It's a Thai restaurant in Putney called the Pad Dhal. It's a supermarket during the day and then it clears its shelves and becomes a restaurant in the evening.

Where do you buy your clothes? Gap, Jigsaw, French Connection.

What is your favourite shop? Gap, Jigsaw, French Connection.

What colour is your bedroom? Three of the walls are white and the other is cornflower blue, the floor is a grey-blue carpet.

What sort of music do you most enjoy listening to? Jazz and blues.

What is your favourite accessory? A Swatch watch.

What design item do you most covet? I have a ph5 lamp designed at the beginning of this century by a Danish architect, that's what I would run out with if there was a fire.

Have you got a design solution to an everyday problem, which you haven't already put into practice? No, because I think you constantly re-invent the wheel every time, but external lighting generally is awful. I'd like to sit down and design a good one. They're either huge great lanterns or horrible balls on sticks, that's my pet hate.

How green are you? Green issues are important but overstated sometimes - you need to be aware of them and have an awareness of the issues. There are often good reasons for using something that some people wouldn't consider green, but I do recycle when I can, though it's quite an effort, and I cycle to work.

What do you do in your spare time? I do a lot of rowing on the river, reading, cinema and the usual things for people who are interested in design.

What do you think architects are best at? Problem solving is what they should be best at, in terms of design or the site, even if the solution is not to do anything but to advise the client to go somewhere else, that's as valid as designing the building. Or designing flat roofs.

Worst at? Time management, undoubtedly.

Would you want your children to be architects? I like being an architect and I like architecture but I'd never push them in that direction. There's a misconception about how much architects are paid - job architects and students and that level are paid extremely badly for the amount of work they do. It's not a profession to go into if you want to make lots of money - be a dentist .

Where do you live now? In a mansion block flat in Fulham, built at the turn of the century.

In which building would you most like to live? Casa Malaparte in Capri. It has an amazing approach and the most fantastic view of the Mediterranean; the building comes out of the site in such a brilliant way - it's a pig to get to but I think that would be part of its attraction.

Which building would you most like to have designed? The Sydney Opera House. There were all sorts of complaints about it having to be changed to work as an opera house but I still think that as a piece of sculpture almost, where it sits, it's glorious.

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