Here is a video of the whole Book Launch of the Layman’s Guide to Classical Architecture. It is an interesting piece to watch, with explanations as to how the book has been put together. You can see the opening presentation by Dr Frank Salmon and Professor James Campbell, and the full interview with Clive Aslet and Quinlan Terry.

We were very pleased to learn that Brentwood Cathedral was Listed Grade II*, and the first building by the office to be Listed.

This marks a dramatic change in attitude to new traditional buildings (the Cathedral scheme was refused planning permission and only got through on appeal largely thanks to the determination of Bishop Thomas).

Traditional and Classical architecture (never out of fashion with the general public) is being practiced more and more by serious, scholarly architects, and it is hoped that more work of this kind will be recognised and protected by the state.

Please follow this link for the detailed Listing on Historic England

Roman Catholic Cathedral Church of St Mary and St Helen including walls, railings and gates, Non Civil Parish – 1479422 | Historic England


On Wednesday 9th March 2022 we were extremely pleased to attend the book launch for Quinlan Terry’s new book, ‘ The Layman’s Guide to Classical Architecture’. It was held at Downing College and was organised by the publishers, Stolpe Publishing.

We were fortunate to have a presentation by Dr Frank Salmon, the director for the new The Ax:son Johnson Centre for the Study of Classical Architecture at the University of Cambridge, and also by Professor James Campbell, the Director of Studies in Architecture at Queens College and Trinity.

Clive Aslet interviewed Quinlan Terry on stage to give a detailed insight into the new book. The event went very well and it was enjoyable to be able to share it with others.

Please click to view the short video

Quinlan Terry Architects are delighted to be included once again in this year’s Country Life Top 100

For the last 6 years Country Life have named the best architects, interior designers, craftsmen, builders, and garden designers in Britain and we are proud to continue to be included in this list

The company continues to train and manage staff to develop their knowledge and understanding of design and building works to the highest standards. We appoint and work closely with superb builders and craftsmen to achieve the best for the client and to ensure the highest possible standard of architectural design, detail and finished quality on all projects

We were pleased, and very surprised, to win the craftsmanship category at this year’s brick awards.

The judges made the following comments:

“The folly is a tour-de-force of brick manufacture and construction, demonstrating the skill of the brick maker and the craft of the bricklayer, and that traditional design can be innovative and dramatic.

The is an exquisitely executed octagonal tower, an unforgiving geometry, which required extremely precise brickwork drawings and accurate design of specials. There is almost no tolerance in the design, which is the minimum size required to accommodate the staircases. The project’s success therefore hinges on the craftsmanship of the brickwork and the precision with which the brickwork was planned.”

The bricks were handmade by Michelmersh in their Charnwood factory and the brickwork contractor was the master builders, J Rigg Construction.

On 5th October 2021 the Georgian Group held their annual architectural awards which recognise exemplary conservation and restoration projects in the UK. They also reward those who show the vision and commitment to restore Georgian buildings and landscapes.

We were extremely pleased to be awarded the Winners of New Build in a Georgian Context category by John Goodall. Our winning project was Wolverton Hall Folly, Worcestershire.

The Folly is described as

“ The inspiration for the design of Wolverton Hall Folly was taken from the Picturesque tradition with its many variations of follies in a controlled landscape. Among a number of possible small garden buildings, the Banqueting House at Long Melford, built in 1550 with sash windows added in the 1730s, became a source of inspiration. The design was prepared with the proportions adapted considerably to provide a large study on the first floor with the addition of ogee arches to the stone window surrounds terminating in stone acanthus leaf finials and a central cupola to assist the requirement for a staircase and chimney. The result is a building that can express in classical terms the different moods of time and place with an underlying seriousness and humour.”

Quinlan Terry Architects LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales.