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Q & A Roger Hawkins Hawkins\Brown

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When and where were you born?

1960, Nottingham.

What is your favourite building and why?

Centre Point, because it provides a homing beacon from anywhere in the West End What is your favourite restaurant/ meal?

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day - either fresh fruit on the terrace at home; or the No 3 all-day breakfast at Smith's Cafe, Smithfield Market;

or the Egg & I, classic American diner at Ogunquit Beach, Maine.

What vehicle(s) do you own?

Audi A6 estate (1995) 100,000 miles; Aston Martin DB6 (1/24th scale).

What is your favourite film?

The Italian Job.

What is your favourite book?

&\also - this book will not help you fall in love, but may boost your libido a little.

What is your favourite 'classic design'?

The paper clip, primarily for its metalbending stress relief.

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

Tottenham Court Road station.Why should 100,000 people a day suffer such overcrowding and congestion, 25 metres below ground, with only one exit route?

Who or what is your biggest architectural influence and why?

David Rock, because he gave me my first job and taught me to question everything.

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

Russell Brown, without whom Hawkins\Brown would be less colourful.

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

A film director.

What would your advice be to architectural students?

Work hard and pace yourself but, most importantly, have fun.

What would your motto be?

'If you don't succeed, try another way of doing it.'

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