"The commission process in America and England is different. In America, they do it through an interview process, and it’s really based on whether they like you or not. I mean, it’s nothing to do with whether you do the best scheme or the worst scheme."
"Of course, my family helped me, my brothers helped me, but after I set up my own office I had to really help myself. Some people seem to think I had an oil well in my garden! It’s a nice idea but not true."
"My father was a politician, and a very important politician, and one of the leaders of the Iraqi Democratic Party, who believed in progress."
"I will always have two regrets. I don’t have a presence in London, and I would have liked to have done more work in the Middle East."
"I made a decision when I was in school that I’d have a lot of male friends."
"I think it’s good if areas get upgraded and gentrified, as long as the people who always lived there can stay. But they get pushed out to some place."
"I loved London. In the 1970s… it was very exciting, really wild."
"I don’t particularly like showing furniture on pedestals, but for whatever reasons you always have to in museums."
"I like music. Country, hip-hop, R&B, sometimes classical."
"There are so many great galleries and museums in London, but they can be very crowded during the day."