Jan Gehl

Architect, Professor (ret.) of Urban Design, The Royal Danish Academy, Founding Partner, Gehl

More than 50 years ago in 1971 Jan Gehl published the seminal book Life Between Buildings and in doing so became the Godfather of a whole new thinking about the design and development of cities. Gehl’s first book and subsequent publications sparked a showdown with the car-centric cities of the 1950s and ‘60s and began mapping and describing people-friendly interventions in the infrastructure of cities.

Jan has been awarded numerous national and international awards including ”Sir Patrick Abercrombie Prize for Exemplary Contributions to Town Planning” by The International Union of Architects and an honorary doctors’ degree from the Universities in Edinburgh, Toronto, Halifax and Varna.

Jan is an Honorary Fellow of The Danish Institute of Architects, The Royal British Institute of Architects, the American Institute of Architects, the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, the Royal Incorporation of Scottish Architects and the Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland.

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