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Q & A - Stephen Featherstone Llewelyn Davies

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When and where were you born?

1951 at the Whittington Hospital, Highgate.

What is your favourite building and why?

The remote interior environments and villages of Oman.

What is your favourite restaurant/meal?

Alastair Little's in Soho; crispy aromatic duck.

What vehicle(s) do you own?

Jaguar 3-litre sports S type.

What is your favourite film?

Taxi Driver.

What is your favourite book?

Anything by RD Laing.

What is your favourite 'design classic'?

I'm not particularly interested in design classics; the most intriguing products are those where the influences are undetectable.

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

The awful thin pink and grey office building in Farringdon alongside the railway.

Who or what is your biggest architectural influence and why?

Several in the past - at the moment it's Ken Yeang and MVRDV.

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

Franklin D Israel, a consummate person and incredibly gifted architect.

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

Wealthy.

What would your advice be to architectural students?

Hang on in there at all costs; one day it'll be your turn.

What would your motto be?

Don't die wishing you'd worked harder.

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