About
WHAT WE DO

Urban Initiatives Studio is an internationally recognised urban design and planning consultancy based in London. We work across the full urban spectrum: from strategic thinking at wider city, town and district level to the development of specific urban design solutions at neighbourhood, block, street and building scales. We work in major cites and towns in the United Kingdom, Ireland, mainland Europe and overseas.

At Urban Initiatives Studio we understand the complex nature of towns and cities and how to deliver urban change. We know how to design successful places that are enjoyed by the community and will be there to last. We know how to manage, brand and communicate the process of urban development. And, we always see the bigger picture, think long term and strive to add value to our client’s projects.
 
Urban Initiatives Studio work collaboratively with clients, other urban professionals and the community in a consensus-driven approach, to ensure quality outcomes. We approach all projects as a unique challenge: shaped by how we deliver innovation, by our values, our design philosophy and our working style, placing great emphasis on our interpersonal skills, our professionalism and our client-friendliness. We are delivery-focused and highly effective in bringing together innovative ideas and achievable solutions in complex urban environments at all scales. We are recognised as having an outstanding depth of experience in our field.

OUR ETHOS

Urban Initiatives Studio’s work is guided by a strong practice ETHOS. We have a passion for cities and places, and a commitment to leave behind an enduring legacy of positive change. The ‘place’ is our true client – we won’t work on projects that go against our ethos.

1. We think strategically

 
At Urban Initiatives Studio we look outside the site boundary and see the bigger picture. We think strategically and long term. We care about how well an area is connected and how it joins up with its wider context. We believe that integrated places are better for people and deliver added value. We don't do quick fixes.
 
 
 
 

2. We are aspirational yet delivery focused

 
We believe that any masterplan or strategy needs to capture people's imagination. It needs to go out to explore the realm of the possible, be visionary and inspire. But it also must be open about what it can realistically achieve. At Urban Initiatives Studio we are both, visionary and highly delivery focused. We make sure that our plans are more than pretty pictures but have the ingredients to deliver real and positive change.

3. We respect and enhance places

 
Place design affects people's lives and their well-being. Natural and man-made landscapes, the structure and pattern of development, its history and heritage and the quality of its spaces shape the character and identity of a place. At Urban Initiatives Studio we believe in authentic contextual design solutions, that respond positively to a place, respect its fabric, enhance its distinctiveness and add meaning.

4. We find sustainable solutions

 
At Urban Initiatives Studio we are committed to the environmental, economical and social sustainability of our projects. We believe in the principles of compactness, proximity, walkability, flexibility, adaptability, social cohesion and local solutions as essential ingredients of any sustainable design solution. We believe in the potential of good design to shape places that will stand the test of time.

5. We create places for people

 
Our passion is to create the right conditions for urban life to flourish. We love the vibrancy and dynamism of buzzing urban city environments. We also enjoy the neighbourhoods where people engage with their neighbours, care for each other and which thrive on a sense of community. We believe the success of a place is judged by how it functions and feels, and not how fancy the design of its plan might look. We see it as our role to establish the right framework and conditions for urban life to happen.

6. We like to collaborate

 
At Urban Initiatives Studio we enjoy working collaboratively within our team, with our clients, stakeholders and local people to achieve a shared vision, to establish critical design aspirations and to set out a realistic path to delivery. Under our expert stewardship we aim for a consensus-driven approach that uses advocacy rather than confrontation to achieve our goals, both in the workplace, and in projects.

7. We are highly professional

 
We always maintain the highest standards of professionalism in our work and in dealing with clients, other team members and the wider public. We always show respect, act responsibly and demonstrate initiative. At Urban Initiatives Studio we never stop learning. We take part in the professional and academic discourse, are members of the Urban Design Group, attend and present at conferences, and are teaching at Universities. We recognise that we must constantly evolve to changing market and economic conditions and stay on top of new trends, practices and technologies to move forward.

8. We are client friendly

 
At Urban Initiatives Studio we are focused on providing the best service to our clients. We take the time to truly understand our client’s needs and prepare a tailored response to their specific requirements. The direct involvement of company directors in leading projects, and a culture of discussion and design review, ensures clients can benefit from our collective expertise and experience, and obtain the best possible advice. We are prepared to challenge assumptions and act as a critical friend. We understand that things can change and agendas can shift. We are responsive and flexible in our approach, and will go the extra mile for our clients.

OUR TEAM

Our design studio is comprised of a group of highly experienced professionals that combine expertise in urban design, architecture, planning, landscape design and urban research. We have a core team that works across the entire range of our projects and a number of associate partners that we bring into our teams to support us with specific expertise and challenges. This enables us to respond flexibly to any urban design challenge. We can assemble the right team for any project, both large and small, urban or rural, simple or challenging.

HUGO NOWELL

BSC [HONS] MA MAUD CMLI
DIRECTOR LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE + URBAN DESIGN

Hugo is a Director of Urban Initiatives Studio with over 25 years experience of urban design, masterplanning and public realm design. His work ranges from city centre and residential masterplanning, preparation of design codes and design guidance through to detailed design and delivery on site.

MATTHIAS WUNDERLICH

DIPL.-ING.(ARCH) MSC
DIRECTOR URBAN DESIGN

Matthias is a director of urban design at Urban Initiatives Studio. He has more than 15 years of working experience in urban projects throughout the UK, Europe and overseas. He is a passionate urbanist with a particular interest in the way process and design can be employed to drive positive change in the complex urban environments.

KELVIN CAMPBELL

RIBA BA MRTPI MCIT MILT FRSA
CONSULTANT DIRECTOR URBAN DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT PLANNING

MARTIN O'ROURKE

MA DIP. ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN
CONSULTANT DIRECTOR URBAN CONSERVATION + HISTORIC BUILDINGS

CONOR MOLONEY

BARCH (HONS) MSC GEOG. MSC PLANNING
EXTERNAL ADVISOR URBAN DESIGN / PLANNING

ANDREW SHELDON

BA (HONS) DIPARCH MSC
EXTERNAL ADVISOR MODELLING AND GIS

ROSS O'CEALLAIGH

BA (HONS) MAUD
SENIOR CONSULTANT URBAN DESIGN AND PLANNING

DINA HANNA

BARCH MSC URBAN DESIGN
JUNIOR CONSULTANT URBAN DESIGN AND ARCHITECTURE

ELZA GOMES GALLO

BA (HONS) MSC
CONSULTANT URBAN DESIGN

JUAN PABLO CORRAL

BA MA (ARCH) MSC
CONSULTANT URBAN DESIGN AND ARCHITECTURE
COLLABORATORS

At Urban Initiatives Studio we assemble a bespoke team for each project in response to its specific requirements and skills sets needed. Many of our projects require input by external specialist that inform and complement our work. We have established good working relationships with other leading industry experts that we can draw on when required for a project. Below is a list of the companies that we have recently collaborated with:

Aegis Archaeology

A Studio Architects

Alan Baxter Associates

ARUP

Ash Sakula Architects

Aspinall Verdi

Architecture Initiative

Atkins

BB Partnership Architects

BDP

Burrell Foley Fischer Architects

Caneparo Associates

Chris Blandford Associates

CH2M

CMA Planning

CSA Environmental

Duff and Phelps Real Estate

EML Architects

Ferguson Mann Architects

G70 Architects

Gensler

GL Hearn

GVA

Hatch Regeneris

Hawkins Brown Architects

Henry J Lyons Architects

Intelligent Land

Lambert Smith Hampton

Land Use Consultants

Max Fordham

McCutcheon Hailey Planning

McreanorLavington Architects

Mel Morris Conservation

Montagu Evans

Nicholas de Jong Associates

O'Connell Mahon Architects

PFA Consulting

Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects

PPM Planning

Proctor & Matthews Architects

Ramboll

Reddy Architecture + Urbanism

RKD Architects

Rob Cowan

Stride Treglown Architects

Terence O'Rourke

Tom McNamara and Partners

Urban Movement

Sean Harrington Architects

Stockdale

The Landscape Partnership

White Arkitektur

Woolf Bond Planning

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CLIENTS

Our business is to deliver innovative ideas and achievable solutions for our clients in the public and private sector. We work for central government departments, with national agencies, and with regional, metropolitan and local authorities. We work for major estates, landowners, housebuilders and developers. We work with city development and regeneration companies, partnerships, institutions and project funders. Below is a list of some of our recent clients.

PRIVATE SECTOR

Arts University Bournemouth

Barratt East London

Bournemouth University

Bouygues UK

Dairygold

Frame Projects

Gallions Housing Association

Genesis Housing Association

GenR8

Grantham Developments

JCD Group

Kamehameha Schools, Hawaii

The Lucent Group

Morgan Sindall Investments

MUSE Developments

National Paediatric Hospital, Dublin

Punta Nueva SA, Peru

Sentinel Security

Talbot Village Trust

Taylor Wimpey Strategic Land

Tower Developments

United House

University of Kent

PUBLIC SECTOR

Architecture and Design Scotland

Aylesbury Vale District Council

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council

Borough of Poole

Bournemouth Borough Council

Canterbury City Council

Cardiff City Council

Charnwood Borough Council

Cherwell District Council

Derby City Council

Dublin City Council

East Hampshire District Council

Hertfordshire County Council

Homes and Communities Agency

Limerick City Council

Limerick Twenty Thirty

Liverpool City Council

London Borough of Bexley

London Borough of Brent

London Borough of Camden

London Borough of Ealing

London Borough of Hackney

PUBLIC SECTOR (CONTINUED)

London Borough of Haringey

London Borough of Havering

London Borough of Hounslow

London Borough of Islington

London Borough of Southwark

London Borough of Tower Hamlets

London Borough of Waltham Forest

Middlesbrough Council

Mid Sussex District Council

Mole Valley District Council

Royal Borough of Greenwich

Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead

Sevenoaks Town Council

Sevenoaks District Council

Shepway District Council

Southampton City Council

Tendring District Council

Thurrock Council

Vale of the White Horse District Council

Westminster City Council

CAREERS

We currently do not have any vacancy. However, we are always keen to hear from interesting people who may want to work or collaborate with us. If you want to get in touch please send us an email to new@uistudio.co.uk.

Note, that due to the large number of emails that we receive, we generally do not reply to speculative applications or inquiries.