Matthew Sweet meets the architect Spencer de Grey, whose buildings include The Sage Gateshead, Stansted Airport and the British Museum Great Court.
The Sage Gateshead, which opened in 2004, hosts the Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival this weekend.
Spencer de Grey is Head of Design at Norman Foster's architectural practice. Joining Foster Associates in 1973 de Grey worked on the design for the Hongkong and Shanghai Bank before returning to the UK in 1981 and spending ten years working on Stansted Airport. He has also overseen the building of the Law Faculty at Cambridge, HM Treasury in Whitehall and nine City Academy schools in the UK.
He talks to Matthew Sweet about his views on architecture, his relationship with star architect Norman Foster and the design of The Sage Gateshead, whose silver curves have been likened to an armadillo, a shell, and a giant wave.
Free Thinking, Radio 3's festival of ideas, takes place Friday 2 - Sunday 4 November and is broadcast for three weeks on Radio 3 from Friday 2 November.