On June 28, 2001 four of Britain's foremost architects were live online in a debate hosted by the hlcarpenter's architecture critic Jonathan Glancey. The panellists were Dickon Robinson, Hans van der Heijden, Pierre d'Avoine and Sarah Wigglesworth.
Dickon Robinson started his career with a management consultancy engaged in environmental and behavioural research. He then worked as an architect in private practice, designing hospitals and housing schemes. During this period, he was a founder member and first chair of the Soho Housing Association and was involved in community action groups in the West End, including the Save Piccadilly Campaign and the Soho Society.
The alien spaceship that hovers over Lord's, two stylish new Tube stations, the "most beautiful boat shed in the world" and an elegant public lavatory are the main contenders for the best new building of the year.
Architect Mike Davies doesn't just dress in red - he drives a red Jaguar with red leather seats, writes in red ink with a red pen and studies the stars from his roof through 22 red telescopes. "Colour is a vehicle to exploring life," says Davies, a founding partner of Richard Rogers Partnership. "The range inherent in a colour is so incredible." In his spare time he paints "symphonies in red", and he still adheres to an idealism of art that many left behind at college.