Jan Gehl

Architect and Founding Partner, Gehl Architects

Architect Jan Gehl's "people-first" appoach to urban planning has been credited with helping turn Copenhagen into one of the world's most liveable cities. Gehl is currently a senior advisor at Gehl Architects, which he co-founded with Helle Søholt and held a partner position at until 2011. Over the course of his career, Gehl has published several books on improving the quality of urban life through design, including Life Between Buildings, Cities for People, New City Spaces, Public Spaces – Public Life, New City Life, How to Study Public Life and most recently People Cities / Mennesker Først.

Gehl's work has influenced public space improvements in over 50 global cities, including New York, London, Moscow, Copenhagen, Melbourne, and Sydney. He 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 Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. Gehl 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 Planning Institutes of Australia and Ireland.

 

 

Live Event Appearances

Podcast Guest Appearances

Cities for the Future: Where Life Meets Design

Jun 3 2019 - 7:30pm

When Ridley Scott envisioned the dystopian Los Angeles of 2019 in “Blade Runner,” he probably didn’t think about how much energy would be needed to run those flying cars and sky-high animated billboards. Or what all those carbon emissions would be doing to the climate.

We’re now living in the world of 2019. Flying cars are still in the future. But with over half of the global population living in urban centers, and another 2.5 billion expected to join them by 2050, maybe it’s time to take a step backward when it comes to getting around the city.

Cities for the Future

Jun 3 2019 - 7:30pm

When Ridley Scott envisioned the dystopian Los Angeles of 2019 in “Blade Runner,” he probably didn’t think about how much energy would be needed to run those flying cars and sky-high animated billboards. Or what all those carbon emissions would be doing to the climate.

We’re now living in the world of 2019. Flying cars are still in the future. But with over half of the global population living in urban centers, and another 2.5 billion expected to join them by 2050, maybe it’s time to take a step backward when it comes to getting around the city.