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about what a good job had been done. We’ve recently won the Architects’ Jour- nal Retrofit Award in the public building category, which was very nice.


Who do you admire? I learned a lot from a very distinguished architect called Peter Foggo. I was lucky enough to work in his practice and he taught me a great deal. In my view, Renzo Piano is the great-


est living architect. And the architects who have inspired me the most who are no longer alive are Alvar Alto and Louis Kahn, because of the simplicity and rigour of their approach to design. There’s an incredible humanity in the way they understand how humans in- teract with buildings.


What do you love about your job? Every single day is different. I started studying architecture more than 32 years ago, but you never get bored, because the days are never the same. Architecture is an art and a science, and


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there’s a creative, innovative process in architecture which I really enjoy. It is also very rewarding to train young peo- ple and see them grow into competent architects within our business. Some move on but keep in touch.


And what do you enjoy the least? Fee negotiations. Many clients are ex- ploiting the fact that there’s a massive shortage of work to drive down fees to unsustainable levels which is damaging the profession. The market has almost reached the point where architects are being asked to do the same amount of work we were doing pre-credit crunch for about half the fee. These are very tough times for architects.


Are you doing other sports projects? We’re working on quite a large, highly sustainable resort in the South of China.


It’s set around a lake and includes a golf course, an equestrian centre and a watersports centre as well as a five star hotel and spa and 1,000 villas. We’re aiming to make it the most environmen- tally-friendly resort in China. We’ve finished the initial masterplan,


which I presented in March. We’re planning to use an anaerobic


digestion system to create biofuel from kitchen waste in order to generate heat and electricity for the resort. It will be one of the first of these types of sys- tems to be installed in China. There’s a historic village in the area


with 300-400 year old traditional Chi- nese homes – absolutely beautiful, timber-framed structures – which have been left to rot. We’re planning to reno- vate the whole village and then get people back into the homes and turn it into a living tourist attraction. It’s very exciting and right up our


street, because we’re passionate about creating beautiful places that use sus- tainable ideas and innovation. l


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