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Meet the Fraher family – Lizzie Webster


What better way to restart our blog in 2016 than getting to know one of the parents of the Fraher family.

What is your favourite piece of architecture in the UK – Why?

Bit of an odd answer but probably all the houses that I have ever lived in and my family have lived in.  Buildings filled with memories for me.  I can even draw the floor plan of the house that I lived in only until I was three years old. I love going back in my mind and remembering the rooms, colours, materials and smells.

If you had not become an architect what would you have been?

Probably an illustrator.  I love drawing! Or maybe a pattern designer for wallpaper/fabrics etc.

What do you do for fun, relax or unwind?

Sport, sport and more sport. At the moment its netball and tennis for me. I also love looking round Liberties in the evening just before a lovely dinner out. ahhhh bliss.

What is your favourite treat yourself cuisine or place to eat?

We love the local places to eat and we recently had our Christmas party at Artusi in Peckham which is just amazing.  Also Peckham Bazaar and a little local by our house called La Querce.

What is your favourite most inspirational country/city? How would you describe the architecture there?

Well with work and two little children I feel my travelling times are yet to come. However from the places I have been, I absolutely loved Berlin.  The history, the architecture.. Libeskind, Chipperfield, Eisenman, The Reichstag by Fosters. I think the architecture cant be described as any one word or sentence.  It is just exceptional, in an exceptional city.

What is your favourite season and why?

Winter… I love my skiing, and Christmas now I have two little children is particularly wonderful.

If you could visit/ experience any piece of architecture in the world where would you go and why?

Architecture of Tokyo!  Its the next on our list of visits.  The diversity, the amazing urban planning, the vision, the creativity and acceptance of challenging design.

What is your favourite film?

La Vita e Bella.  I watched it when I was about 15 with my mum, dad and sister.  Not a dry eye in the place.  I love visiting Arezzo to imagine being in the square after visiting the opera.

What is number 1 on your list of places to visit?

I jumped the gun with my answer above.  Tokyo or Scandinavia.  I still haven’t been to Copenhagen, Stockholm, Oslo……….

What is the best piece of advice you have been given?

The world doesn’t owe you a living, you have to go out and make it happen yourself.