Luke Johnstone

I am an experienced design graduate with a career goal of creating better places for people through the practice of design.

I have been working in the design profession over ten years, taking forward my understanding of design from an educational background to practice at a professional level. In this time, I have had the opportunity to work alongside architects, designers, engineers and planners to attain design-led outcomes on projects in the UK, Australia and the Middle East. I am particularly motivated by the relationship between people and place and how design can use the patterns that emerge from this relationship to determine the appropriate solution. To this end I have specialised in the profession of urban design with an emphasis on using data and parametric processes to deliver evidence-based solutions for urban environments. My view on this is that as increasing numbers of people relocate to urban environments such as towns and cities the ability to accommodate their needs cannot be resolved through existing processes. I believe that utilising data and computational processes provides us with the tools required to resolve such challenges. With most of us accessing the internet on devices such as smartphones we are sub-consciously sharing data about our location, activities and interests. Whilst this has become a political matter it will never-the-less continue to shape how we use space and should be viewed as an opportunity to refine how urban design can shape the places we live and work.

Due to the complex nature of urban environments I have made a commitment to life-long learning, knowledge-sharing and collaboration to help achieve the best possible outcome for any project I become involved in. I am keen to expand on these commitments which is the primary reason for joining Urban Design Group.


Luke Johnstone Urban Design Group Recognised Practitioner
Job Title: 
Urban Designer

BA (Hons) GARDEN DESIGN - ARTS & ENVIRONMENT: Detailed study about the subject of design and its relationship with art, human and natural environments. Emphasis was placed on the interaction between different spatial typologies and the how the role of place-making and the ‘sense of place' could provide the tools needed to unify these spaces. To this end interaction between other art and design disciplines were encouraged along with guest speakers from urban design and landscape architecture backgrounds providing insights into the opportunities and challenges within the wider professions. Topics that were covered included; People and place; historical and cultural studies about gardens and landscapes; plant and soil science; sustainable design; design research and professional practice. GRADE: 1st Class Honours

East of England
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