John Sampson

John is an Associate Principal at URBED. In January 2019 John moved to a non-executive position within the team so he could focus on his work in architectural education at Sheffield School of Architecture(SSoA). He is Joint Director of the MArch course at SSoA and Co-Director of the Collaborative Practice postgraduate course, which provides students with a path towards qualification as an architect whilst being employed in practice. John leads the Arrival City Studio which is interested in the imact mass migration is having on cities.

John's role at URBED now involves supporting the coop's approach to design quality through regular design reviews and staff mentoring. He was previously responsible for leading on the urban design projects within the office. He has a strong interest in ecological developments, cycling and walking centric places and biophilia. John was Project lead on Brentford Lock West and Trent Basin, both of which were awarded the Urban Design Group Practice Awards in 2012 and 2015 respectively. Other projects included Sharpness Dock - a housing and leisure development that embraces and integrates ecology into the development; Vaux Brewery – a mixed use office development in the heart of Sunderland; and Homebaked which worked with young people to co-design a community bakery. 

John studied Architecture at the University of Sheffield where he passed with Distinction and received the Stephen Welch Prize in Architecture for outstanding performance. He was also featured in BD Magazine’s Class of 2004 as well as making the final shortlist for the RIBA Silver medal. Prior to joining URBED in 2006, John gained experience in participative and ecological design working with the atelier d’architecture autogérée in France, Germany and Northern Ireland and toured South America on an Architecture Foundation Public Space Travel Scholarship.

John can be contacted at john@urbed.coop

 

John Sampson