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Ian Salisbury - Ian Salisbury Limited

When and where were you born?1951, Marlborough Buildings, Bath.

What is your favourite building and why?My home, because it's that.

What is your favourite restaurant/meal?Usually the last one I had. Though breakfast on the plane this morning could have been better.

What vehicle(s) do you own?A 1963 Series IIA SWB canvas-topped Land Rover.

What is your favourite film? Again, usually the last one I've seen. It's normally a family event so the last I saw was the Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.

What is your favourite book?I'm reading Wuthering Heights, which I should have read a long time ago, and Pepys' Diary.

What is your favourite 'design classic'?Arne Jacobsen's knives. I had to use them when I was at St Catherine's College.

What is the worst building you've ever seen and why?I went into a very beautiful monastery near Kyrenia in Cyprus. The wall at the end of the refectory had three large clusters of bullet scars on it, at chest height. I hadn't expected it.

The shock was colossal. The place still troubles me.

Who or what is your biggest architectural influence and why? At the moment, Raphael Brandon because I'm working on his cathedral at Leicester.

Who is the most talented architect you've worked with? Robert Maguire taught me most in the conventional sense - he is a hugely gifted architect.

If you hadn't been an architect, what would you have been? VSO is an attraction. I could settle boundary disputes in Polynesia.

What would your advice be to architectural students? Give up before it's too late. You'll get addicted and work for nothing.

What would your motto be? I have one: 'Led but not driven'.

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