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Q & A - Stuart Piercy Piercy Conner Architects

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Where and when were you born?

West Yorkshire, 1970.

What is your favourite building and why?

Tezuka Architects' Matsunoyama Museum of Natural Sciences, because it's brutal and beautiful at the same time.

What is your favourite restaurant/meal?

Chicken chilli bayang at The House, near my flat in Canonbury, Islington.

What vehicle(s) do you own?

My girlfriend has a Fiat Punto. (It's mine really, but I promised myself I'd never have a crap car. ) What is your favourite film?

American Psycho, closely followed by High Fidelity.

What is your favourite book?

I'm addicted to design magazines (sad, I know). Stuff by Will Self;

Robert Hooke's Micrographica.

What is your favourite 'design classic'?

Kenneth Cole boots with car-tyre soles - classics in the making! They last forever.

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

The DSS headquarters in Leeds, known as 'the Kremlin'. They demolished 1,000 flats and created a giant red brick; ugly beyond belief.

Who or what is your biggest architectural influence and why?

I love industrial cities and the voids industry leaves behind (scars).

Really difficult gritty sites.

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

I'd say Richard Conner but he already knows he's good. I admire Zaha Hadid's work and the refined nature of the best Japanese architecture.

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

A vet.

What would your advice be to architectural students?

Get your hands dirty.

What would your motto be?

'Only worry about the things you can control.' (I wish I could. )

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