Robert NémethThe idea for the Building Opinions column in Latest Homes came about during a chance meeting with one of the magazine’s owners, Angi Mariani, at a Deep Purple concert at the Brighton Centre early in 2005.

The exciting Brighton-based publication proved to be a perfect outlet for my thoughts on conservation and development around Brighton & Hove. A different building was studied each week so that the mistakes and triumphs of our built environment will not be forgotten.

I was born in Croydon and moved to Hove to study Electrical & Electronic Engineering at the University of Sussex. Like many visitors before me, the area’s charm was irresistible so I stayed on and began exploring.

Following several years working for a surveying firm in Brighton, I worked for the Members of Parliament Nicholas Boles, Michael Gove and Mike Weatherley. I was then elected as Councillor for Wish Ward on Brighton & Hove City Council; at which point I sadly stopped writing the Building Opinions column.

I have been a member, officer or founder of a number of local amenity societies over the years including the Regency Society, Hove Civic Society, the Montpelier & Clifton Hill Association, the Friends of Stoneham Park, the Friends of St Michael’s, the Secret Garden Group, the Friends of Hove Lagoon, the Blooming Boundary Campaign and Hove Beach Hut Association. I also keep bees.