About

Located in Newcastle, UK, the Farrell Centre is a vital new platform for debating the future of architecture and planning, ensuring that everyone has a voice in this critical conversation.

Our Mission

Every city needs a place where people can come together to debate its future.

– Sir Terry Farrell

Located in Newcastle, UK, the Farrell Centre’s mission is to widen the debate around the crucial roles that architecture and planning play in the contemporary world in ways that are engaging, innovative and challenging.

We are admission free and offer a variety of experiences for visitors of all ages: exhibitions, public talks and debates, activities for schools, young people, community groups, professional events, as well as publications, podcasts and other digital projects.

Have a look at everything we have coming up on our What’s On page.

The Building

We have worked with local practices SPACE and Elliott Architects to restore and transform the historic Grade II-listed Claremont Buildings on the edge of the Newcastle University campus into the Farrell Centre’s new home. Find out all about the history of the building on our new history page!

Sir Terry Farrell

One of the UK’s leading architect-planners, Sir Terry Farrell is the driving force behind the Farrell Centre project. Sir Terry grew up in Newcastle and studied at Newcastle University, before leading the regeneration of the quayside in the 1990s, among other projects.

School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape

The Farrell Centre works closely with Newcastle University’s School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape. With research and teaching spanning the social sciences, humanities, creative practice, engineering, and biotechnology, the School is ranked among the world’s top 100.

The Team

Director
Owen Hopkins

Assistant Curator, Exhibitions
Lorna Burn

Assistant Curator, Participation
Hannah Christy

Operations and Visitor Experience Co-ordinator
Hania Klepacka (maternity cover)

Audience Engagement Assistants
Caitlin Carter
Georgia Fitzpatrick

Keep in touch

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