Control is the wrong word. The practice is very much about sharing, and, in any creative practice, some individuals, whether partners or directors, are much closer to certain projects than I could ever be.

The project ultimately succeeded because we had the good fortune of working with a progressive owner that was determined to advance these principles in New York City. Environmental sustainability is a product of that holistic way of thinking.

Architects have a vital role as advocates of sustainable solutions.

In Britain the idea one could go from blue-collar beginnings to the university was so far out, it was quite unthinkable.

It is not a sealed building. It delivers a lot of fresh air -- 40 times the amount of fresh air. That is good in terms of carbon emissions. It is also good in terms of energy.

My mission is to create a structure that is sensitive to the culture and climate of its place.