Summer Season 2019 – Episode 3: Barrie Todd

Jul 17, 2019, 09:21 PM

Conor chats to a key figure in architecture in Northern Ireland, Barrie Todd.

In Episode 3 of our special Summer Season, we’re sharing a recent studio conversation with someone who has had a huge influence on architecture in Northern Ireland. Barrie Todd is a retired architect with a career that has spanned the public and private sectors and many advisory and governance roles. Todd Architects, the practice Barrie founded in the late 1970s, has grown into one of the most significant in the UK and Ireland.

Barrie retired from practice in 2005 after a management buy-out at Todd Architects, but he has remained one of the key figures in architecture in Northern Ireland ever since, with appointments as RSUA President, Chair of the Ministerial Advisory Group and a 2-year commission to review the Queen’s University Architecture course.

Barrie has also been tireless in his campaigning for cancer research. When their daughter Jill died after a short battle with cancer at the age of 23, Barrie and his wife Trish set up ask an architect. Architects across Northern Ireland offer an hour-long consultation free of charge when members of the public make a donation to the Friends of the Cancer Centre.

Barrie recently sat down with Conor at PLACE to reflect on his journey as an architect, finding and making work in the context of the Troubles here, his philosophy on architecture in cities, and how he has sought to contribute to a culture of architecture in Belfast and beyond.

The Infinite City is produced by PLACE. This special Summer Season of episodes was made possible by an Arts and Heritage project grant from Belfast City Council.