This year has seen Terry start his own practice, Francis Terry and Associates. While Terry is one of the forefront practitioners in new build classical houses for UHNW clients, he says that his is a flexible practice: ‘We are a firm who designs classical buildings but we are different from the norm in that we are happy to turn our hand to some more contemporary design if the brief requires it.’
While Terry maintains that he will work on whatever the client wants, his inspiration comes from English Georgian, Louis XV design, and the Italian Renaissance. Such a blend produces homes that have their own look; an architectural flourish or two that distinguishes them from the more traditional classical new builds.
One of his most recent and feted projects is Kilboy, a classical house in County Tipperary, Ireland, for an HNW racehorse breeder. The house was featured on the front cover of Country Life, and won the Georgian group’s inaugural Diophoros prize for transcendent, classical design. Terry worked with local stonemasons on the architectural interior decoration of Kilboy, depicting flora and fauna from the area.
Terry is also a keen artist, and prior to joining his father’s firm, he was a portrait painter. He has been working on a comic book that sets gangster shoot-outs against architectural sketches of Italian cities such as Venice.