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Q & A David Adjaye Adjaye/Associates

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When and where were you born?

1966, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

What is your favourite building and why?

The sunken churches of Lalibela, Ethiopia.

What is your favourite restaurant/meal?

My current favourite is the Zetter in Clerkenwell.

What vehicle(s) do you own?

Volvo V40.

What is your favourite film?

To Sleep With Anger, directed by Charles Burnett.

What is your favourite book?

Ethics by Benedict de Spinoza (1677).

What is your favourite 'design classic'?

Eileen Gray's tube lamp.

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

I don't think of buildings as worst or best.

Who or what is your biggest architectural influence and why?

I have many sources of inspiration and each have their value. I am influenced by art, music, science and travel.

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

Maurice Shapiro, RCA 1993.

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

Astronaut.

What would your advice be to architectural students?

Persevere.

What would your motto be?

Believe in your dreams.

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