Terry Farrell has been awarded the prestigious Royal Town Planning Institute’s Gold Medal, making him one of the few architects to have ever received the award
The accolade, which is handed out at the discretion of the institute, recognises Farrell’s achievements as one of the world’s ’most influential architects, planners and urban designers’.
The medal has only been awarded 14 times since the RTPI was established in 1914, with past recipient architects including Patrick Abercrombie (1955) and Frederick Gibberd (1978).
RTPI president Stephen Wilkinson said: ‘Terry has a deep passion and understanding for places and people and has successfully demonstrated that in his work throughout his career. He is one of the few top practitioners who has truly embraced architecture, urban design and planning in a holistic vision and so vitally helped to advance integrated thinking among these disciplines.
‘Through his belief in place and people he has been instrumental in creating a culture where communities become more involved in the quality of their neighbourhoods.’
Farrell is currently working on schemes at Earls Court and the Royal Albert Dock, as well as his proposals for low-level crossings in east London. In 2008 he was appointed design and planning leader for the Thames Gateway, a major regeneration project.
Internationally, Farrell has been involved in planning work and architecture in China, India, Australia and Singapore, where he recently won a competition to design and plan one of Asia’s largest high-speed-rail stations.
Farrell said the award reflected ‘’the growing awareness that planning is a highly creative and proactive endeavour that has the potential to transform places and communities’.
‘The 21st century is the century of global city making, which must be more sophisticated, joined up, sustainable and human centred going forward,’ he added. ‘Creative planning must lead future city making.’
In March, Farrell backed the Campaign to Protect Rural England’s call for a national approach to land use to prevent ‘piecemeal erosion of the countryside’.
In 2014, he published his independent review on the future of architecture and planning, which was revealed after 12 months of consultation.
Farrell, who was knighted in 2001, will be presented with the RTPI’s Gold Medal at a ceremony in the autumn.
All previous winners
2017 - Terry Farrell
2016 - Michael Batty
2013 - Alison Nimmo
2006 - Patsy Healy
2003 - Peter Hall
1983 - Desmond Heap
1978 - Frederick Gibberd
1974 - Robert Grieve
1971 - Lewis Silkin
1967 - Colin Buchanan
1963 - Frederic Osborn
1961 - William Holford
1957 - Lewis Mumford
1955 - Patrick Abercrombie
1953 - George Pepler