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About Sir Terry Farrell

Sir Terry Farrell is one of the UK’s leading architect-planners.

Sir Terry Farrell's work

During fifty years in practice he has completed many award-winning buildings and masterplans, including Embankment Place and The Home Office Headquarters in London as well as millennium projects, such as The Deep in Hull, and UK masterplans including those for Greenwich Peninsula and Paddington Basin.

Notable projects in East Asia include Incheon airport in Seoul, Beijing Station and Guangzhou Station in China (the largest in the world), and the Peak Tower and Kowloon Station development, both in Hong Kong.

Image: TF-002354-6, Centre for Life, Farrell (Sir Terry) Archive, Newcastle University Special Collections, GB 186, kindly loaned by The Terry Farrell Foundation.

Connection to Newcastle

Farrell has longstanding connections to Newcastle. He grew up in the city and studied at Newcastle University (1956–61). He produced the masterplan for regenerating the quayside in the early 1990s, and has since undertaken several major projects in the city, including the Centre for Life (2000), the Newcastle University campus masterplan (2004) and the extension to the Great North Museum (2009).

Image: TF-003114-12, Centre for Life, Farrell (Sir Terry) Archive, Newcastle University Special Collections, GB 186, kindly loaned by The Terry Farrell Foundation.

Creation of the Farrell Centre

In 2018, Farrell generously donated his practice archive to Newcastle University as a resource for research and public engagement. At the same time, he agreed to give £1 million towards the creation of the Farrell Centre as an ‘urban room’ focused on Tyneside which would also contribute to broader national and international debates around architecture and cities and the future of how we live.