60 Seconds with Alan Berman

Alice Fawke

Why did you want to be an architect?

I wasn’t brave enough to try being an artist

Who do you most admire professionally? (it doesn’t have to be an architect)

Professionally – Michael Manser

Architecturally – Peter Zumthor

What has been the best moment in your career so far?

When a renowned international public lecturer said that our Wolfson College auditorium was the best in which he had ever spoken

In your opinion, which is the best city in the world for architecture?


If you could change one thing in the architecture profession, what would it be?

Architects should have to take a Hippocratic Oath, which obliges them to place the public good before their own

Who do you think will win the Stirling Prize 2014?

I don’t know who’s on the list

What’s your next big challenge?

Persuading a very important client that architecture is not the icing on the cake

What would be your dream project?

A public library