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Q & A - William Russell William Russell Architects

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Where and when were you born?

Savernake Forest Hospital, Wiltshire,15 August 1965.

What is your favourite building and why?

My house. It is the realisation of a dream and I enjoy it every day.

What is your favourite restaurant?

Eden Plage, Cap d'Ail.

What vehicle(s) do you own?

BMW 316i Touring What is your favourite film?

Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey.

What is your favourite book?

Leviathan by Paul Auster.

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

Too many to list, but St George's Wharf in south-west London is a typical example.

What is your favourite 'design classic'?

The Citroën SM.

Who or what is your biggest architectural influence and why?

Both my father and my maternal grandfather. They showed me the joy of designing and making things.

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

David Adjaye.

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

A Grand Prix driver or a pilot.

What would your advice be to architectural students?

Hang in there - you won't get it all at once.

What would your motto be?

'Never stop learning'.

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