TERROIR was established in 1999 by Founding Directors Gerard Reinmuth, Scott Balmforth and Richard Blythe as the result of conversations between these three former colleagues from University about the need for greater emphasis on research in practice in Australian architecture. The practice has since grown to a talented team of 25 spread between offices in Sydney, Hobart, Melbourne and Copenhagen.
A strong relationship between these three individuals fuelled an ambition to develop a practice underpinned by a culture of creativity through research. These core values have proved successful given the regard with which the practice is now held in a number of contexts.
TERROIR's buildings are loved by their clients. The involvement of clients in the design process and the increased value we offer because of our research focus has meant that many clients have returned to TERROIR on multiple occasions.
The result of this work has meant that TERROIR are considered a key practice Australian architecture, with selection in Australia’s contribution to the 2004, 2008 and 2010 Venice Biennale of Architecture, and Gerard Reinmuth's selection as co-curator for the Australian Pavilion at the 2012 event.
All TERROIR Directors are involved with university education. In 2007 of Director Richard Blythe was appointed as Professor in Architecture and Head of the School of Architecture and Design at RMIT University, Victoria, in 2009 Scott Balmforth was appointed Adunct Professor at the University of Tasmania and in 2011 Gerard Reinmuth was appointed Professor of Practice at the University of Technology, Sydney.