Terry Farrell (architect)

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Sir Terry Farrell
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Sir Terry Farrell
Terence Farrell

(1938-05-12) 12 May 1938 (age 85)
Sale, Cheshire, England
The MI6 building
Charing Cross station
Edinburgh International Conference Centre
Incheon International Airport
Beijing South railway station
The Home Office building
Peak Tower
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Charing Cross station in London, 1990
The MI6 Building in London, 1994
The Peak Tower in Hong Kong, 1995
The Deep Aquarium in Hull, 2002
KK100 in Shenzhen, 2011

Sir Terence Farrell CBE FRIBA FRSA FCSD MRTPI (born 12 May 1938), known as Terry Farrell, is a British architect and urban designer. In 1980, after working for 15 years in partnership with Sir Nicholas Grimshaw, Farrell founded his own firm, Farrells. He garnered a strong reputation for contextual urban design schemes, as well as exuberant works of postmodernism such as the MI6 Building. In 1991, his practice expanded internationally, opening an office in Hong Kong. In Asia his firm designed KK100 in Shenzhen, the tallest building ever designed by a British architect, as well as Guangzhou South railway station, once the largest railway station in Asia.

At the 2013 invitation of Ed Vaizey, the Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, his firm commenced the Farrell Review of Architecture and the Built Environment, intended to offer expert guidance on the direction of British architecture.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Farrell was born in Sale, Cheshire.[2] His maternal grandfather was born in Manchester to an Irish mother who had emigrated to England from Ireland to escape Great Famine. As a youth he moved to Newcastle upon Tyne, where he attended St Cuthbert's Grammar School. He graduated with a degree in architecture from Newcastle University School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape (then part of Durham University) in 1961,[3] followed by a Masters in urban planning at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.


In 1965, Farrell moved to London to form a partnership with Sir Nicholas Grimshaw. In 1980, he founded his own company, Terry Farrell & Partners. In addition, Farrell lectures at a number of different universities including Cambridge University, the University of London, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Sheffield.

In the early part of his career, Farrell gave emphasis to housing projects. Later, after the break with Grimshaw, he became the UK's principal postmodernist and was best known for the TV-am headquarters in Camden Lock and the redevelopment of Comyn Ching Triangle in London's Covent Garden. In the 1980s and 1990s his projects included Charing Cross Station, the MI6 headquarters building, The Deep Aquarium in Hull and The International Centre for Life in Newcastle. More recent work includes the new headquarters for the Home Office, the conversion of the Grade I-listed Royal Institution of Great Britain and the Great North Museum in Newcastle.[4]

He has been responsible for regeneration projects in the UK including Newcastle Quayside, Brindleyplace in Birmingham, Edinburgh Exchange District, Greenwich Peninsula and Paddington Basin.[5] He has also designed his own buildings within these projects, including the Edinburgh International Conference Centre and The Point in Paddington Basin. In May 2010, he was appointed to regenerate the 72-acre (29 ha) area around Earl's Court exhibition centre.[6] In 2012 his practice was appointed as masterplanners for Wood Wharf – the next phase of Canary Wharf's development.[7]

In East Asia, projects include Incheon International Airport in Seoul and Beijing South railway station, the largest in Asia. When completed in December 2010 Guangzhou South railway station was for a time the largest railway station in the world. Since setting up his practice in Hong Kong in 1990, he has designed the Peak Tower, Kowloon Station development[8] and the British Consulate-General, Hong Kong. His KK100 tower in Shenzhen is the tallest building ever by a British architect.[9]

Farrell is on the Design Advisory Committee of the Mayor of London.[10] In 2008 he was appointed Design and Planning Leader for the Thames Gateway,[11] Europe's largest regeneration project.

Farrell was named CBE in 1996 and made a Knight Bachelor in 2001.

He was made a visiting professor at the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape at Newcastle University, and also an honorary freeman of Newcastle, in 2016. In 2018, he donated £1 million and his archive to the university.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Farrell has been married three times, and has five children and six grandchildren.[13]

Selected awards[edit]

Selected publications[edit]

  • 2014 The Farrell Review of Architecture and the Built Environment
  • 2013 The City As A Tangled Bank: Urban Design versus Urban Evolution, John Wiley and Sons London
  • 2009 Shaping London: The patterns and forms that make the metropolis, John Wiley and Sons London ISBN 978-0-470-69996-6
  • April 2008 Prospect, 12 Challenges for Edinburgh
  • Sept 2007 Architectural Review, Manifesto For London
  • 2004 Place, Terry Farrell's Life & Work: Early Years to 1981 London
  • 2003 Buckingham Palace Redesigned: A Radical New Approach to London's Royal Parks , Papadakis ISBN 1-901092-40-2
  • 2002 Terry Farrell in Scotland foreword by Dr. Brian Edwards, Edinburgh
  • 2002 The Deep The World's Only Submarium – An Icon for Hull foreword by The Rt Hon John Prescott, London
  • 2002 Ten Years: Ten Cities The Work of Terry Farrell & Partners 1991–2001 foreword by Sir Terry Farrell, Introduction by Hugh Pearman, Text by Jane Tobin, London
  • 1999 PA Pro Architect 13 Terry Farrell, Seoul
  • 1998 Sketchbook 12.05.98 Terry Farrell & Partners with essays by Robert Maxwell and Terry Farrell, London
  • 1998 98:06 World Architecture Review Special Issue: Terry Farrell & Partners Shenzhen
  • 1998 Kowloon Transport Super City Terry Farrell & Partners/Steven Smith, Hong Kong
  • 1994 Terry Farrell Selected and Current Works introduction by Clare Melhuish, Victoria
  • 1993 Terry Farrell Urban Design introduction by Kenneth Powell, London/Berlin
  • 1993 Blueprint Extra 09, Three Urban Projects text by Piers Gough, London
  • 1993 World Architecture Building Profile No 1 Lightweight Classic Terry Farrell's Covent Garden nursery building, London
  • 1992 Vauxhall Cross: The story of the design and construction of a new London landmark, Kenneth Powell, London
  • 1991 Palace on the River Terry Farrell's design for the redevelopment of Charing Cross, Marcus Binney, London
  • 1989 A U special feature: Terry Farrell & Company’ Japan, December pp. 37–132
  • 1987 Terry Farrell in the context of London catalogue by Rowan Moore with an introduction by Deyan Sudjic, published to coincide with the exhibition at the RIBA Heinz Gallery 14 May to 13 June 1987, London
  • 1986 Designing a House Charles Jencks and Terry Farrell, London
  • 1984 Architectural Monographs: Terry Farrell introduction by Terry Farrell, texts by Colin Amery and Charles Jencks, London


  1. ^ "The Farrell Review". Farrells. Retrieved 16 February 2015.
  2. ^ "Terry Farrell is the man with the master plan". 10 April 2012. Retrieved 1 February 2016.
  3. ^ "Sir Terry Farrell's Vision" (PDF). Arches. No. 1. Newcastle University. 2002. p. 12.
  4. ^ "Building up to a role in the city's future?". The Scotsman. Edinburgh. Retrieved 12 November 2010.
  5. ^ "A critique of Masterplanning as a technique for introducing urban design quality into British Cities" (PDF). Paper. Dr Bob Giddings. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 October 2011. Retrieved 12 November 2010.
  6. ^ "Farrell picked to draw up Earls Court masterplan". Article. Regeneration and Renewal. Retrieved 5 January 2011.
  7. ^ "Canary Wharf hires Terry Farrell for Wood Wharf masterplan". Article. CoStar UK. Retrieved 27 January 2013.
  8. ^ 1998 Kowloon Transport Super City Terry Farrell & Partners/Steven Smith, Hong Kong
  9. ^ Glancey, Jonathan (31 January 2012). "The tower and the glory: Terry Farrell's KK100". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 27 January 2013.
  10. ^ "The Mayor's Design Advisory Panel". Design for London. Archived from the original on 25 November 2010. Retrieved 12 November 2010.
  11. ^ "Thames Gateway". World Architecture News. Retrieved 12 November 2010.
  12. ^ "Newcastle University building named in honour of architect". Press Office. Retrieved 17 December 2019.
  13. ^ Jacob Riis Award."Worldwide Photography Gala Awards". The Gala Awards. Retrieved 11 January 2012.
  14. ^ "Farrell and Grimshaw's Bath factory listed", Architects' Journal, 2 September 2013. Linked 21 February 2014
  15. ^ Henley Royal Regatta: ‘’History of Henley Royal Regatta’‘ Archived 19 August 2013 at the Wayback Machine Linked 21 February 2014
  16. ^ "British Council for Offices Awards". Article. British Council for Offices. Retrieved 5 January 2011.

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