Newcastle - A City for People


Jan Gehl

Partner/Professor or Urban Design, Gehl Architects

Jan is Professor of Urban Design at the School of Architecture in Copenhagen. His research on public spaces and public life began in Copenhagen, but was quickly applied to many other cities in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia. His ideas and approaches to design for public spaces incorporate the cutting edge of technology without losing sight of what best supports and enhances people’s experience of everyday life in the public realm.

Gehl has delivered lectures and courses at universities and conferences across Europe, North, Central and South America, Asia and Australia. In 1992, he received an honorary Doctor of Letters from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. In 1993 he won the Sir Patrick Abercrombie Prize – for exemplary contributions to Town Planning and Territorial Development from the International Union of Architects, and in 1998 he received the EDRA/Places Research Award from the Environmental Design Research Association, USA. He is on the editorial board of Journal of Architectural and Planning Research,Urban Design International, and Town Planning & Architecture.

As partner of Gehl Architects, Jan Gehl has served as a consultant to city councils and city planning departments across Europe, North America, Australia, Japan, Singapore, and Saudi Arabia. 

Jan has considered the Newcastle CBD and the Urban Renewal Strategy and will discuss local opportunities.