Sir Terry Farrell personally introduced a masterclass session at Kent School of Architecture and Planning (KSAP) on Friday 25th October with a talk about his urban design projects. His audience included students from all levels at the School, plus a group of 35 4th and 5th year visiting students from ENSAP (Ecole nationale supérieure d’architecture et de paysage de Lille), led by Gilles Maury and his colleagues. Gilles Maury and the school are old friends and partners of KSAP, and their arrival followed a tour around the South East which included visits to Philip Webb’s Red House and Standen, the University of Sussex and the Ditchling Museum of Arts + Craft. The event was planned by KSAP tutors John Letherland and Dr Ambrose Gillick, with the participation of Dr Tim Ireland and Dr Peter Buš.
Sir Terry followed the design session with a lecture at the University organised by the Canterbury Society. His theme was the way in which his own design career had evolved from his earliest landscape paintings of the Northumberland countryside, through his major London projects, his Thames Gateway plan and championing of Kentish towns, to his current large-scale work in China. Sir Terry was introduced to the audience by Dr Timothy Brittain-Catlin who played a central role in the Twentieth Century Society’s campaign to protect postmodern buildings in England.
John Letherland, Senior Masterplanner and Director at Farrells, the internationally renowned architectural practice run by Sir Terry Farrell, will be teaching the Urban Design module on our MA in Architecture and Urban Design programme this September. Opportunities are still available for those wishing to enrol in this programme.
The MA in Architecture and Urban Design will include academic study into the landscape character of Kent and the South East of England, and the practical application of theory in ‘live’ projects within the region. It will be taught at the University of Kent by John Letherland from Farrells, contemporary practitioners in urban design and advocates of pro-active town planning. Students will have access to a new study centre established by Sir Terry Farrell at Great Maytham in Kent, and will be able to contribute towards an archive of Landscape Character and Urban Typologies at the centre.
Kent is one of best-known and most cherished parts of the UK, recognisable around the world by its location and character as the ‘Garden of England’. How, within this explosion of growth, can we continue to create places that are truly live-able while accommodating the rapid increase in population?
How do we turn this issue of growth into an opportunity for place-making?
Landscape is the first infrastructure- it shapes our lives and culture. The urban planner must read and understand the landscape character of a place in order to shape its future successfully.
For more information about the course, please visit our postgraduate pages.