When and where were you born?
1950, in the middle of Yorkshire.
What is your favourite building and why?
Sea Ranch, California (Moore Lyndon Turnbull Whitaker).
The beginnings of a new social and environmental paradigm in architecture - the best of the 1960s.
What is your favourite restaurant/meal?
Restaurant: Chez Panisse, Berkeley.
Meal: Sweetcorn, straight from the garden.
What vehicles do you own?
VW Golf (142 kg of CO 2/km).
What is your favourite film?
Currently, Belleville Rendezvous.
What is your favourite book?
Vikram Seth's A Suitable Boy (good value for money).
What is your favourite design classic?
The deck chair.
What is the worst building you have ever seen and why?
King's Reach in Reading, which I see from the GWR on the way to Paddington. It gets worse and worse as it nears completion - even worse than everything else in Reading.A new low point even by Reading's abysmal architectural standards.
Who or what is your biggest architectural influence and why?
Who is the most talented architect you have ever worked with?
Two of them would be Charles Moore and Peter Smithson, both of whom I have taught with and learned from.
If you hadn't been an architect what would you have been?
Probably a teacher like everyone else in my family.
What would be your advice to architectural students?
If you're passionate about it, it will work.
What would your motto be?
Wouldn't have one. I hate them? passionately.