Terry Forbes

Terry Forbes



Terry serves as VMDO’s Managing Principal, a leadership role created in 2016 to shepherd the day-to-day business operations of the firm as it grows towards the half-century mark.

Supporting VMDO’s transition from first to second generation leadership, Terry ensures VMDO continues to grow and thrive by championing the firm’s vision and business plan, executing this vision through oversight of the firm’s Management Committee (made up of representation from the firm’s three studios), and serving as an advocate for emerging leaders and as a liaison for the firm’s advocacy groups which contribute to VMDO’s culture of collaboration and thought leadership. The proverbial glue that holds VMDO together, Terry embodies the accessible, flexible, and transparent qualities of leadership that VMDO strives to uphold, all the while respecting the values and best interests of the firm – past, present, and future.

In his role as architect and project manager, Terry applies his background in science and learning spaces to VMDO’s designs of teaching laboratories, research facilities, and academic spaces. Among Terry’s projects include Wilsdorf Hall – the University of Virginia’s Material Science and Nanotechnology Laboratory, Liberty University's Library & Academic Commons, and the Jefferson Scholars Foundation’s Center for Graduate Fellows.

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