Gehl Architects

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Gehl Architects
Gehl Architects' project for Brighton New Road
Practice information
Key architects Helle Søholt, David Sim, Henriette Vamberg, Camilla van Deurs, Ewa Westermark, Jeff Risom and Kristian Villadsen
Location Copenhagen
Founded 2000

Gehl Architects is a global urban research and design consultancy based in Copenhagen, Denmark, providing people-first urban design. With Gehl Studios in Copenhagen, New York and San Francisco, they consist of an interdisciplinary team of 50 people including architects, urban designers, landscape architects, graphic designers, sociologists, anthropologists and cultural theorists. Additionally, they employ a network of internationally recognized urban experts.

Architect Helle Søholt and Professor Jan Gehl founded Gehl Architects in 2000. The work of Gehl Architects builds on Jan Gehl’s 40 years of extensive research on life in public space. Along with new research this continues to provide the foundation for a focus on the relationship between the built environment and people’s quality of life. Gehl Architects offers expertise in the fields of architecture, urban design and city planning applying analysis through Public Space Public Life Strategies, Public Space and Street Design, and Masterplanning Frameworks.

Gehl Architects has participated in project in over 50 countries and 250 cities around the world. Clients include Municipality of Copenhagen, Department of Transportation (DOT) in New York City, Melbourne City Council, The Energy Foundation in Beijing, China, Brighton & Hove City Council in the UK, City of Christchurch in New Zealand, Institute of Genplan in Moscow, among many others.

Selected projects[edit]


  • How to Study Public Life by Jan Gehl & Birgitte Svarre (2013)
  • Cities for People by Jan Gehl (2010)
  • New City life by Jan Gehl, Lars Gemzøe, Sia Kirknæs & Britt S. Søndergaard (2006)
  • New City Spaces by Jan Gehl & Lars Gemzøe (2000)
  • Public Space – Public Life by Jan Gehl & Lars Gemzøe (1996)
  • Life Between Buildings by Jan Gehl (1971)



  1. ^ "Nykredit Architecture Prize". Nykredit website (in Danish). Copenhagen, Denmark: Nykredit Holding A/S. 2013. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  2. ^ NYC Award presented to Jan Gehl

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