Kathryn Firth

Design Critic in Urban Planning and Design

Kathryn Firth, partner in FPdesign, is an architect and urban designer with more than 25 years of international public- and private-sector experience.  She is former Director of Urban Design at NBBJ, USA, and worked as Chief of Design at the London Legacy Development Corporation, directing the transformation of the 2012 Olympic Games site into an authentic piece of city.

Originally from Toronto, Kathryn is based in London. She has led international master planning and urban regeneration projects, working both in sensitive heritage contexts such as Covent Garden and on former industrial sites in complex urban environments, including Le Parc des Portes de Paris and Meridian Water in northeast London. She is a proponent of a multi-disciplinary approach to urban projects, enabling regeneration through collaboration across design and socio-economic disciplines.

Her ongoing research interests include the spatial and social dynamics of main streets, urban density and neighborhood perception, and investigations into typologies and morphologies that support intensification and equitable urban growth.

Kathryn holds a Masters of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. She ran the MSc City Design and Social Science at the London School of Economic Cities Programme for six years, teaches at the Bartlett, University College London.  She is London Mayors Design Advocate and serves on several design review panels and advisory boards.