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Q&A Brendan Woods

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Brendan Woods Architects

Where were you born?

Bangor, County Down.

What is your favourite building and why?

Weekend House at Anavyssos by Konstantinidis. The combination of the plan, the site and the tectonic is stunning.

What is your favourite restaurant/meal?

Greek salad and beetroot with skordalia at the Okeanida in Vathi, Sifnos.

What vehicle(s) do you own?

British Eagle mountain city bike.

What is your favourite film?

Mirror by Andrei Tarkovsky.

What is your favourite book?

Seize the Day by Saul Bellow.

What is your favourite 'design classic'?

Jacobsen's Ant chair.

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

The visitor centre at the Giant's Causeway: it has almost spoiled the site.

Who or what is your biggest architectural influence and why?

Le Corbusier, because his work has such spirit, strength and invention.

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

Jonathan Woolf.

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

A painter.

What would your advice be to architectural students?

Don't get seduced by photographs - go and see the real thing.

What would your motto be?

'Optimism of the will, pessimism of the intelligence' (Gramsci).

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