Grandpa was a prolific builder and built a large quantity of housing after the war under the name of Bower Moffatt.
So when he was building his second house in the Isle of Man, he got me involved at the tender age of 5, explaining the model to me and even getting me to help with foundations!
As I pursued my architectural education, Grandpa was a sounding board. And he watched me, always testing me, as I developed my career
Now, nearing 90, with early dementia, his memory is fading, and physically less able. I was delighted last week to take him on a trip to my projects that are on site, to deliver RIBA signboards to residential sites in Sale, Didsbury and Heaton Mersey and to a commercial project in Irlam.
Seeing the joy and pride in his face almost makes it worthwhile being an architect ;)