Principal - Creative Director

For over 26 years as an architect, painter, sculptor, and renovator, Terry’s approach to design has been based on a desire to learn and explore new ways to develop sensible solutions to both common problems and special challenges. As the Creative Director of StudioAmmons, Terry ensures that the project team of architects, designers, consultants and clients challenge each other to produce clear and concise solutions for a broad range of clients with ever more complex programs and project needs.

Terry has had an extensive career working in the fields of architecture and museum and exhibit design. From his work with the museum design firm of George Sexton Associates in Washington DC, to the work of his firm StudioAmmons, he has provided planning, exhibit and lighting design work and consultation to museums and visitor centers throughout the United States and abroad. Terry always designs with community in mind. His greatest strength lies in his ability to lead teams of diverse, passionate individuals toward the consensus needed to realize greater project goals; those that have an impact well beyond the scope of the project. Successful projects, following this interactive approach, create inspired design teams, sharing their passion and energy with the communities where they work.


Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University,  Bachelor of Architecture, 1987


Registered Architect, Virginia – 1991

Certified Historic Architect – State of Virginia


  •  Battersea Technical Advisory Panel
  •  Petersburg Downtown Initiative, Co-Chair
  •  American Association of Museums 
  •  American Association for State and Local History    
  •  Historic Petersburg Foundation, Former Trustee    
  •  Leadership Southside Program    
  •  National Trust for Historic Preservation
  •  Petersburg Architectural Review Board (7-years, 5 as Chairman)   
  •  Virginia Association of Museums
  •  Southeast Museums Conference
  •  Preservation Alliance of Virginia, Former Trustee    
  •  Virginia Historical Society
  •  Historic Fairfax City Inc.    
  •  International Downtown Association Awards Juror
  •  Bath County Historical Society Trustee    
  •  Virginia Downtown Development Association
  •  Virginia LISC Neighborhood Development Advisory Board
  •  Bath Landscape and Preservation Advisory Board
  •  Wilcox Watershed Conservancy - former Board Member