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Q & A: Tom Dykhoff Architecture critic, The Times

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When and where were you born?

27 February,1971, St Albans.

What is your favourite building and why?

Changes hourly.Right now, St Bartholomew the Great, Smithfield, London: buggered about with but,1,000 years later, it still sends shivers down my spine.

What is your favourite restaurant/meal?

My mum's house for Sussex Pond Pudding.

What vehicle(s) do you own?

A battered pushbike.Nothing beats cycling round Hyde Park Corner during the rush hour.

What is your favourite film?

Everything by Woody Allen (pre-Husbands and Wives), Pedro Almodovar (post-Live Flesh), David Lynch, Powell and Pressburger or with Jimmy Stewart.And Con Air.

What is your favourite book?

Alice in Wonderland.

What is your favourite 'design classic'?

The iPod I lust after but can't afford.

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

Again, too many.Let's start with Morrisons' evil supermarket in Nelson, Lancashire, for ripping the spirit from the town with such ease, ugliness and stupidity.

Who or what is your biggest architectural influence and why?

Sam Mockbee.He put empathy back into architecture.Quietly.

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

Tom Heatherwick, though he's not an architect and I haven't really worked with him.

If you hadn't been a critic, what would you have been?

An architect.Still trying to become one.

What would your advice be to architectural students?

Do you really know what you're letting yourself in for?

What would your motto be?

Live slow, die old.

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