Ich Bin Kentishtowner: Simon Goode, architect

“Quality design derives from creative thinking and close collaboration with the client and builder, not how much it costs”

Simon Goode lived in Tufnell Park as a student, moving a few hundred metres east when he qualified as an architect. Having worked on projects including the new King’s Cross station, he set up his own studio with fellow Kentishtowner David Lyndon. As well as designing smaller projects, Lyndon Goode Architects recently led significant high street regeneration in Archway.

When were you happiest?
Last weekend, sharing a baked Somerset camembert with my wife and two toddlers at the Bull in Highgate. In return for an afternoon playing in the woods, the girls let us have enough time to drink an entire pint – quite a luxury.

Where would you like to live?
Where we live now, backing onto Tufnell Park. But maybe with an acoustic noise-cancelling switch for the weekend football.

What is your favourite sound or smell?
The silence of snow-covered streets.

What is your greatest life achievement?
We recently finished a fantastic refurbishment at the Royal Court Theatre. It’s made it a much more ‘democratic’ space.

Lyndon Goode's Archway regeneration project at Junction Road
Lyndon Goode’s Archway regeneration project at Junction Road

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
Two things: First, to be non-judgemental; second, to make the most of sleep before having children.

What makes you unhappy?
Reading about cycling-related injuries.

What is your earliest memory here?
David and I began working on projects from a single desk in the hallway of his tiny flat in Kentish Town, designing an Italian restaurant while blasting loud Brazilian music.

What’s been your best experience?
Working with local businesses as part of our high street regeneration project. It’s been great to get to know some of the traders and hear their stories. And the Archway Children’s Centre, a truly magical, inspirational place.

What is your guilty pleasure?
Fish and chips from Tufnell Park Kebab. I grew up near to the seaside, so feel I’m a bit of an expert on the subject.

Where do you hang out?
Hampstead Heath, with my family. We’re very lucky to live so close by. With friends, Il Mio Mosaic. Friendly and great pizza.

What has your career taught you?
That quality design derives from creative thinking and close collaboration with the client and builder, not how much it costs. Bad design can be more expensive than good design.

What is your favourite dish and why?
Sunday lunch at the St. John’s Tavern, in their ballroom-like dining room. A real treat.

What did you do today?
A meeting with Peabody, to talk about our affordable housing designs, then with a wonderful couple from north London to discuss designs for their house. After that, with a craftsmen, to check some bespoke furniture we’re installing. As an architect, we are lucky to be able to meet with all kinds of people. Seeing ideas realised: it’s the best thing.

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To find out more about the Archway regeneration, or to understand how Lyndon Goode could help you with your own project, visit lyndongoode.com or call 020 7682 1920


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