Matchmaker: Neil Terry Partner at Orcutt | Winslow (Phoenix, AZ), a design firm that aspires to positively disrupt architecture through innovation, experimentation, and invention.
By LIISA ANDREASSEN Correspondent
A s partner at Orcutt | Winslow, Terry has helped to develop a strong customer-focused environment with an emphasis on developing trends in design. He found his pathway to architecture through his love of general and technical design work. He takes a hands-on approach with his team to deliver personalized service to clients and works to build relationships with people in the communities they serve. “Hire the right people and give them the tools they need and get out of their way,” Terry says. “Being a good matchmaker helps too. Pair the right people with the right position. I really enjoy doing what I do.” A CONVERSATION WITH NEIL TERRY. The Zweig Letter: Your bio says that “as partner at Orcutt | Winslow , you’ve helped to develop a strong customer- focused environment with an emphasis on developing trends in design.” Tell me about a recent design trend. How did it evolve? What is it? Neil Terry: There’s been funding from the federal VA for a
new type of VA community. As a result, we’re doing a lot with veteran homes with the small house/greenhouse concept at the core of the design. It’s a concept that combines households and community areas. It reduces operational cost and increases efficiency. With a centralized community center, veterans live within neighborhoods that are subdivided into household wings. Residents have private bedrooms and bathrooms and each household has dedicated dining, kitchen, den, sitting lounges, living and outdoor patio areas so people can build community and join in activity at every level. Building materials complement existing area architecture and gardens are designed throughout to form a connection to nature and purpose with shaded seating areas, gathering areas, paths for walking, gardens, benches, and café tables. We also recently won a project in southern Utah for a planned community for a manufacturing company. Since rent has gone crazy, companies are having trouble finding staff who can afford to live near where they work. The community is designed for the company’s workers and includes things like a town square where staff can live, work, and play. We’ve also
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