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Q & A - Richard Buckley Buckley Gray

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When and where were you born?

1963, Solihull.

What is your favourite building and why?

Jacobsen's St Catherine's College in Oxford was a source of inspiration as a student.

What is your favourite restaurant/meal?

Fresh lobster anywhere.

What vehicle(s) do you own?

A Landrover Discovery and a wheelbarrow.

What is your favourite film?

Betty Blue.

What is your favourite book?

Wild Swans.

What is your favourite 'design classic'?

The pencil.

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

There are too many buildings that make me angry to have a 'favourite'.

Who or what is your biggest architectural influence and why?

Alan Calder encouraged me to go to architectural school.

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

Matt Yeoman would have to come second to my other partner, Fiammetta Gray, because she is also my wife.

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

A chef.

What would your advice be to architectural students?

Architecture can be the most rewarding profession in the world? don't waste it.

What would your motto be?

Smile.

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