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Q & A Iain Johnston Bisset Adams

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When and where were you born?

1971, Bedford. The same year Jim Morrison died. It is entirely possible that I am his reincarnation.

What is your favourite building and why?

The Royal Festival Hall - it is everything that is beautiful and good about post-war architecture.

What is your favourite restaurant/meal?

Steak and kidney pudding at Rules, Covent Garden.Tony Hancock used to dine there with Clive Dunn, and if it was good enough for them? What vehicle(s) do you own?

My lovely clients at Vauxhall gave me a dualfuel Vectra - it's a positive environmental statement and it avoids the congestion charge.

What is your favourite film?

Terry Gilliam's Brazil.

What is your favourite book?

London: The Biography by Peter Ackroyd.

What is your favourite 'design classic'?

The Routemaster bus - it makes the journey to work a bit more fun.

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

There is a building on St Pancras Way whose occupant feels so strongly about its lack of aesthetic appeal, they have given their address as '6A, The Ugly Brown Building'.

Who or what is your biggest architectural influence and why?

Louis Kahn.He talked to the brickwork.

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

Anant Raje. I worked at Raje's studios in Ahmedabad, India.Raje worked with Corbusier and Kahn on their great India projects and is one of the unsung heroes of that period.

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

A pop sensation.

What would your advice be to architectural students?

I'm not sure you'd be allowed to print it.

What would your motto be?

'Nil Desperandum'.

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