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Q&A - Stephanie Macdonald 6a Architects

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Where and when were you born?

Lewisham, 1966.

What is your favourite building and why?

Àlvaro Siza's Evora housing project is generous to its residents, individually and collectively, with a wonderful response to the landscape.

What is your favourite restaurant/meal?

With friends.

What vehicle(s) do you own?

None at present. Over the years I have shed my car and my scooter, and someone else relieved me of my bike.

What is your favourite film?

All Wong Kar-Wai films.

What is your favourite book?

Hard-Boiled Wonderland by Haruki Murakami.

What is your favourite 'design classic'?

The Duralex glass (250ml).

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

Any buildings with mean windows.

Who or what is your biggest architectural influence and why?

Richard Wentworth completely changed my understanding of architecture.

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

Mark Pimlott.

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

A bank clerk .

What would your advice be to architectural students?

Don't do things for your CV, do them for yourself.

What would your motto be?

'If in doubt, buy the shoes'.

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