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Quinlan Terry

The Layman’s guide to classical architecture

How do you draw a column? What distinguishes the different orders of columns, and is it really possible for anyone at all to learn how to interpret classical architecture? Quinlan Terry, one of the worlds most noted classical architects, has designed cathedrals, castles, villas and university buildings in traditional style. All of his knowledge has now been gathered in The Laymans Guide to Classical Architecture, a complete guide to the rudiments of classical architecture. Using his own drawings and sketches, Quinlan Terry shows step-by-step the structure of the different orders of columns, the relevance of proportions and the importance of the right materials and construction. The book is a contemporary version of the many pattern books in history that previously taught the same knowledge to architects, artisans and clients.  Today a wider group of people can benefit greatly from learning about classical architecture, both as historical background and as inspiration for today. The foreword is written by Britains Prince Charles, who has worked in partnership with Quinlan Terry for many years.

  • ISBN: 9789189069817
  • Published: 2022-02-10
  • Graphic design: Patric Leo
  • Illustrated. 224x276x27 mm. 238 pages.


Clive Aslet is an award-winning writer and journalist who has published over twenty books.


Quinlan Terry CBE is a British Classical architect specialising in high quality traditional buildings for private clients in the UK, Ireland and the US. His practice, Quinlan Terry Architects LLP is based in Dedham, Essex. His public work includes the development along the waterfront at Richmond Riverside, Queen Mother Square at Poundbury and Brentwood Cathedral, which was listed Grade II* in 2022.

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