Architect Andrew Reeves launched his Ottawa-based firm, Linebox Studio Inc., in 2006. His design philosophy stresses the need to combine sustainability, function, context and environment. Reeves took some time out of his busy schedule to meet us at one of the Ottawa houses he designed and, of course, to answer Style’s many questions.

Ottawa Citizen Style: Who are your style icons?

Andrew Reeves: Not a huge fashion follower but Yves Saint Laurent was both ahead of his time and had a talent that remains timeless, something I strive for in my work.

OCS: What’s on your bedside table?

AR: If I had one, picture books.

OCS: Best home accessory?

AR: Art, if that’s an accessory.

OCS: Best recent fashion find?

AR: Old-school pair of Converse.

OCS: Whom would you invite for dinner if you could choose anyone in the world?

AR: Dead, Frank LLoyd Wright and Le Corbusier so I can listen to them fight over theories of architecture and admire their talents.

OCS: You can see the debut of any piece of music in history. What would it be?

AR: Woodstock, just because that would have been one hell of a weekend.

OCS: What’s your earliest memory?

AR: Playing with Lego and Linkin Logs.

OCS: Your biggest fashion faux-pas, when, where and how?

AR: Most things I wear, but the white suit with shoulder pads over a V-neck baby-blue undershirt to my prom may have topped my list.

OCS: Proudest moments?

AR: In this order: Proposal, children’s birth and the day I started Linebox.

OCS: Favourite piece of furniture?

AR: My solid teak credenza and pretty much anything Danish.

OCS: Qualities you most admire in a person?

AR: Passion, humour and a creative charge.

OCS: Whom would you most like to work with in your professional capacity?

AR: I would like to design a home for a singer/songwriter because I find them so conceptually interesting but their homes to be so, so not.

OCS: Describe a perfect day off (it can be anywhere in the world).

AR: A cold beer on a patio, discussing design and architecture, but that may be because this winter is so long this year.

OCS: Favourite visual artist, living or dead?

AR: Both dead, architects Le Corbusier and (Ludwig) Mies van der Rohe.

OCS: Favourite local artist?

AR: Christopher Griffin.

OCS: Best book you read in the past year?

AR: Fast Food America.

OCS: Favourite food?

AR: Wide range, but I enjoy experiencing and being a part of a real chef’s creations.

OCS: Most-oft-played song on your iPod or MP3 player?

AR: Lately it’s been Ron Sexsmith.

OCS: Wine, beer or both?

AR: Both, red wine and local draft beers.

OCS: Mac or PC?

AR: Mac, of course.

OCS: Fine dining or plain old diners?

AR: Both, nothing like comfort food and, in contrast, a nice refined night out.

OCS: Best restaurant in Ottawa?

AR: Town (Note: he’s also looking forward to Matt Carmichael’s El-Camino and Jon Svazas’ Fauna, both of which he’s designing.)

OCS: Person, place or thing that makes you proudest/happiest that you live in Ottawa?

AR: All the above, Ottawa is a exciting place to be these days. In my opinion, we are right in the middle of “once sleepy town is finding itself and realizing what we have to offer.”

OCS: Fave blog or website?

AR: Houzz, Get.it and Facebook

OCS: Twitter, Facebook or both?

AR: Facebook as I’m all about images and no text (joking).

OCS: What’s your guilty pleasure?

AR: Watching American Idol, why do I do that?

OCS: Favourite place to spend time?

AR: Sketching, locations change.

OCS: How would you like the world to remember you? What would your eulogist ideally say?

AR: Proud husband and father with a deep passion for life and all it has to offer.