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MARK hODSON

Path to architecture: Very fortuitous and inevitable. Hull School of Architecture…full of mavericks, misfits and wildly exotic people.

 

I love working with clients because: It’s a challenge

 

Quote that guides me right now: ‘Don’t let the bastards grind you down’ or ‘people make places’.

 

I wish I’d designed: The Centre for British Art, Yale University

 

I’m concerned about: The future of my town and the north of England.

 

A space that has affected me: The inside of a police cell.

 

The best gift I ever gave: All of my daughters have a sense of humour…I think that’s largely down to me.

 

 

I grew up: in Grimsby

 

Education: Local comprehensive and 6th form in Grimsby

Unbeaten for 2 seasons with Barbarians FC including two cup finals played at Blundell Park…oh, and a few architectural awards.

 

Why Hodson Architects: I always wanted to have my own small practice.

 

Favourite space: The garden

 

Architect I admire most: Glenn Murcutt

 

Materials that excite me: Timber and bricks

 

When I’m not working you can find me: Out running

 

Favourite object: Caran D’ache coloured pencils

 

Ball point or felt tip: FELT TIP!

 

Go-to morning drink: Coffee

 

Something you might not know about me: I’m really good at impersonating people.

 

I always look forward to: 3pm on a Saturday

 

I’m drawn to design because: I can’t do anything else

 

Preferred era in architecture: 1950’s and 60’s

 

I’m inspired by: Everyday folk.

 

Go-to unit of measurement: Millimetres…although I’m comfortable with feet and inches too.

 

On my playlist: wide range…Bon Iver to the Sleaford Mods.

 

I’m surprisingly good at: Making people smile

 

Earliest architectural memory: Grimsby Central Library…still my favourite building

 

At happy-hour I order: Guinness.

 

Favourite place: The studio.

 

Favourite holiday: France with the kids.

 

I chose Cleethorpes because: It’s my home town and that means a lot to me.

 

I’m my best self when I’m: Laughing

Dream commission: Anything that responds to an evident need, clearly improves someone’s environment and is useful.