Self-described ‘classic modernist’ James Gorst has two favourite buildings. One is Mies van der Rohe’s Villa Tugendhat, a seminal modernist masterpiece — so far, so expected. The other is Bramante’s High Renaissance Tempietto in San Pietro in Montorio, which is perhaps more surprising. ‘They are both such fascinating expressions of what architecture can be,’ says Gorst. He has relaxed his aesthetic over time towards ‘luxurious but austere’ works ‘with a highly crafted quality to the interiors’. His projects include Hannington Farm, a home and deer farm in Northamptonshire. He also refurbished a Georgian town house on Lamb’s Conduit Street. No surprise, then, that he was awarded BD’s Individual House Architect of the Year for 2017.