• My Graphic Novel My Graphic Novel

    My Graphic Novel

    December 2020

    This latest offering is a comic I wrote many years ago. Not much to do with architecture but as it’s nearly Christmas I thought I’d post something lighthearted and I am sure we all need cheering up as it’s been a tough year for everyone. The plot follows my alter ego crossed with Tintin who falls into Italy’s dark criminal underbelly after finding his uncle murdered in a suburb of Milan...

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  • Three Weddings and a Lock In Three Weddings and a Lock In

    Three Weddings and a Lock In

    September 2020

    In these days, when travel restrictions are foisted upon us, I have found myself reminiscing about adventures of days gone by. Years ago, in my student days, I measured the Raimondi chapel, which is a side chapel dedicated to St Francis in San Pietro in Montori on the Janiculum hill in Rome. The chapel was designed by Bernini and filled with sculpture from his studio.

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  • Amor Fati - A Classical Attitude to Covid-19 Amor Fati - A Classical Attitude to Covid-19

    Amor Fati - A Classical Attitude to Covid-19

    May 2020

    During this pandemic, I could be criticised for nonchalantly blogging about the finer points of classical architecture. So, I felt it is time to write something relevant to this crisis and from the heart.

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  • How to Draw like Raphael How to Draw like Raphael

    How to Draw like Raphael

    April 2020

    The highest praise one can give an artist is to say he or she draws like Raphael. It comes in the same package as writing like Shakespeare or ‘bending it like Beckham’. As I can’t write poetry and don’t play football the latter two challenges are not open to me, but drawing like Raphael... how hard can it be?

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  • A Life in Sketchbooks A Life in Sketchbooks

    A Life in Sketchbooks

    February 2020

    I have a collection of my own sketch books going back forty years. These are like a visual diary and they chart my various artistic and architectural interests over the years.

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  • Architect in Wonderland Architect in Wonderland

    Architect in Wonderland

    August 2019

    When I was growing up I was unsure about whether I wanted to be an architect or an artist. Over a summer holiday, in my late teens, I painted my younger sister’s bedroom with scenes from Alice in Wonderland.

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  • A Quick Trip to Ireland A Quick Trip to Ireland

    A Quick Trip to Ireland

    December 2018

    A few weeks ago I was asked to show an ICAA tour around a house in Ireland. I caught a late flight to Ireland on a Sunday night. I then had to hire a car and drove for over an hour. Eventually, I arrived at Roundwood House.

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  • What Informs Architectural Taste? What Informs Architectural Taste?

    What Informs Architectural Taste?

    November 2018

    Taste is a curious thing and I have often wondered how it works. Things considered tasteful can stop being tasteful, seemingly for no apparent reason, but there must be more to it than that.

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  • A Holiday in Venice A Holiday in Venice

    A Holiday in Venice

    September 2017

    This year we chose Venice for our family holiday. We stayed on the Lido so that we could achieve the right balance between beach and culture and keep everybody happy. I have not been to Venice for several years...

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  • Where does your Chicken Cross the Road? Where does your Chicken Cross the Road?

    Where does your Chicken Cross the Road?

    August 2017

    “Why did the chicken cross the road?” is not a great joke. What interests me more is where the chicken crosses the road in people’s minds. When asked the question, what do you imagine?

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  • Last Thoughts on Dalibor Vesely Last Thoughts on Dalibor Vesely

    Last Thoughts on Dalibor Vesely

    June 2017

    Dalibor Vesely (1934-2015) is the subject of legend at Cambridge University. He was my diploma tutor at the Faculty of Architecture, where he taught during the 80s and 90s.

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  • Treasures of the V&A Treasures of the V&A

    Treasures of the V&A

    May 2017

    The V & A is, without a doubt, my favourite museum. I enjoy wandering around with no particular purpose, looking at whatever objects catch my eye. Sometimes I find new gems; other times I enjoy returning to familiar pieces...

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  • Sketching with my Father Sketching with my Father

    Sketching with my Father

    March 2005

    An essay about Francis Terry's numerous sketching holidays in Italy and other European cities with this father the classical architect Quinlan Terry CBE.

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