Gehl Architects

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Gehl — Making Cities for People
New Road, Brighton - shared space.jpg
Gehl project for Brighton New Road
Practice information
PartnersHelle Søholt, David Sim, Henriette Vamberg, Camilla van Deurs, Ewa Westermark, Jeff Risom and Kristian Villadsen

Gehl is an urban research and design consulting firm based in Copenhagen, Denmark. It was founded in 2000 by Professor Jan Gehl and urban designer Helle Søholt as a continuation of Gehl's research within the area over the past four decades. The firm specialises in improving the quality of urban life by re-orienting city design towards the pedestrian and cyclist.

Gehl 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, Institute for Transportation and Development Policy, a nonprofit organization headquartered in New York City, among many others.


  • 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. Archived from the original on 20 February 2010. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  2. ^ NYC Award presented to Jan Gehl

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