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Q & A - Dominic Manfredi Aedas

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When and where were you born?

1971, Davenham, Cheshire.

What is your favourite building and why?

The German Pavilion, Barcelona (pictured), by Mies van der Rohe. Its elegance and simplicity results in a beautiful and tranquil space.

What is your favourite restaurant/meal?

Anything Italian in San Rocco, Manchester.

What vehicle(s) do you own?

Audi A4 1.9TDi.

What is your favourite film?

The Shawshank Redemption.

What is your favourite book?

The Hobbit by JRR Tolkein.

What is your favourite 'design classic'?

Le Corbusier's sofa.

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

The Travelodge on Princess Road coming into Manchester, a blot on the landscape at this key entry point to the city.

Who or what is your biggest architectural influence and why?

Renzo Piano. The craft evident in the detailing of his buildings is something to aspire to.

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

The late Andy Robson, who could sketch the solution to any brief before the client had finished describing its requirements.

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

A lawyer, but I don't know whether I could have slept at night.

What would your advice be to architectural students?

Try to get experience of as many different types of architects' offices to make sure they pursue the path best suited to their aspirations.

What would your motto be?

'In omnibus labora' (In all things work).

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