Peter Crowley – Architect and Judge of RTÉ’s Home of The Year
1. When you were little, what did you want to be when you grow up?
Not sure about when I was really small, but I wanted to be an architect from early on in secondary school.
2. If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
Somewhere I could ski regularly
3. Who is your biggest inspiration?
My family that has gone before me – they have seen through incredible change in their lifetimes through sheer will and determination.
4. What are your secret skills?
I taught myself to juggle when I was young and I have a photographic memory which got me through my leaving cert!
5. What was the best gift you’ve ever given to someone?
Tickets to the All-Ireland hurling final to my grandfather in 2005, it was his first time in Croke Park since it had been redeveloped, and Cork beat Galway on the day – he ended up on the pitch after the final whistle.. magic
6. What would you grab if your house was on fire?
People! Other than that it would be my grandfathers watch.
7. What is your destination for the trip of your dreams?
Papua New Guinea scuba diving at Chuuk Lagoon, I’ve tried to arrange it a few times previously but couldn’t get it to work. With 2 small children now it might have to wait a while.
8. What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?
‘Always do the right thing in life’ – an absolute, not-for-debate, mantra of my grandfathers.
9. Who is the most interesting person you’ve ever met?
Architecturally it would be Glenn Murcutt, an Australian, internationally renowned architect who taught a 4 week master class in DIT while I lectured in the studio there. He had such a simple, holistic approach to architecture – I think I learned more than any of the students!
10. Who would be your ideal dinner guest?
John Hume – he has been pivotal in one of most important periods of this country’s history.. fascinating!
11. What could you not live without?
Music, I listen to a huge amount of it every day.. not sure what I did before Spotify.
12. What’s your greatest vice?
A nice bottle of red
13. Which season do you like the most – spring, summer, autumn or winter?
Who doesn’t like summer best? We regularly open up the back of our house, cook on the BBQ, invite the neighbours in and enjoy the back garden until sun down.
14. If you could be absolutely anything in your next life, what would you like to be?
I’d prefer to go back to a previous life and be an amazing trad musician playing in the folk/trad scene when it was really burgeoning here – great craic!
15. If you could travel to any place on the earth, where would you go and why?
I’d love to see India I think, I’ve never been and it looks a fascinating country. You would need a good amount of time to get around to get a real sense of it.
16. What is it that you are most passionate about?
Design in general, that’s a very broad statement but I’m always fascinated by anthing involving creativity no matter what that is.
17. What is your favorite food?
Friday nights – We make homemade pizza with the kids.. love it J
On the nights we get out, visiting Marco in our favourite restaurant ‘Terra Madre’ is always hugely enjoyable.
18. When you’re not working, how do you like to spend your time?
Right now it’s ferrying the children to sports, once they are older and I have more time again I will get back to kitesurfing and mountain biking.
19. If you could spend a day in someone else’s shoes, whose would they be? Why?
Pa Horgan on All-Ireland final day this September! Hurling is absolutely tribal, standing on that pitch with 83,000 people roaring for their team must be an indescribable feeling
20. Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give your 18-year-old self?
Just to enjoy life, so many people let it slip by worrying about things they can hardly control.
Peter Crowley will be speaking to Kirstie McDermott on the House and Home Interiors & Design Theatre on Friday 11th + Saturday 12th April 2019.
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