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Q & A - Greg Lomas Foster Lomas

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When and where were you born?

Crawley General Hospital, Sussex, on 27 January 1973 - the same day that William Rogers and Nguyen Duy Trinh signed the US-North Vietnam peace treaty.

What is your favourite building and why?

Corb's La Tourette, which for me was a truly spiritual experience, especially the chapel.

What is your favourite restaurant/meal?

A curry with mates in the Standard Tandoori on Holloway Road.

What vehicle(s) do you own?

We have a practice scooter, but I also own two bicycles that I don't use nearly enough.

What is your favourite film?

Right now it is Sideways; it's hilarious and honest.

What is your favourite book?

New York Trilogy by Paul Auster.

What is your favourite 'design classic'?

The 40/4 chair by David Rowland, a fantastically elegant, efficient and comfortable design.

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

The awful mansion buildings adjacent to the flats we're designing in East Finchley. The planners are using them as an architectural precedent.

Who or what is your biggest architectural influence and why?

Recently the work of Richard Neutra and Rick Joy, because of their careful use of materials and sensitivity to context.

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

Too many to mention. All have their particular talents.

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

A film director in the Robert Altman vein. Maybe I still will be? What would your advice be to architectural students?

Get to know yourself and work on your weaknesses.

What would your motto be?

Create your own luck.

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