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Q & A - Julian de Metz de Metz Architects

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When and where were you born?

9 October 1969 at St Andrews Hospital, Dollis Hill, London.

What is your favourite building and why?

At the moment, it's Westminster Jubilee Line tube station by Michael Hopkins. It is a building that briefly, but most regularly, lifts my soul.

What is your favourite restaurant/meal?

Roast pork rice at the Green Cottage, Frognal Parade, Swiss Cottage, London, NW3. Tragically, the restaurant burned down just before Christmas.

What vehicles do you own?

A 1975 Peugeot 304s Cabriolet and a 2005 Vespa 50cc ET2.

What is your favourite film?

Blazing Saddles. Sorry.

What is your favourite book?

Any client's cheque book.

What is your favourite 'design classic'?

A Peugeot 304s Cabriolet in white, bronze or yellow.

What is the worst building you have ever seen and why?

The 'O 2' centre on the Finchley Road is one of them. We call it the 'Oh No' Centre. Why? It's a bewildering building that makes me feel murderous as soon as I walk through the door.

Who or what is your biggest architectural influence and why?

Development-control departments countrywide. Not really. I'm mainly interested in the way people go about their lives and manage their aspirations. For architects, without question, Louis Kahn.

Who are the most talented architects you've worked with?

My partners, Ben Knight and Paul Forbes.

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

I would have been a professional bongo player. Seriously.

What would your advice be to architectural students?

Consider who is advising you.

What would your motto be?

It wasn't me?

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