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Our team is growing, as is our commitment to changing the paradigm of planning and design, towards cities that are made for people. R...

  • We focus on how the built environment connects to people’s quality
    of life.

  • Our work crosses the fields of architecture, urban design, landscape design and
    city planning.

  • We work on
    global projects which always aim
    to create ‘cities
    for people’.

  • Our services
    span across all scales, from strategic visions,
    to design.

  • Our clients are mayors, city administrators, NGOs, developers, private and public organizations.

  • We have been researching quality of life in public spaces, around the world, for over
    40 years.

  • We work in
    over 50 countries
    and 250 cities around the world.

Learn more about our past and present here

Learn more about our services here

Learn more about our past and present here

  • We focus on how the built environment connects to people’s quality
    of life.

  • Our work crosses the fields of architecture, urban design, landscape design and
    city planning.

  • We work on
    global projects which always aim
    to create ‘cities
    for people’.

  • Our services
    span across all scales, from strategic visions,
    to design.

  • Our clients are mayors, city administrators, NGOs, developers, private and public organizations.

  • We have been researching quality of life in public spaces, around the world, for over
    40 years.

  • We work in
    over 50 countries
    and 250 cities around the world.

Learn more about our services here

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Requests for talks & info
Eva Martinus, Business Development Coordinator
eva@gehlarchitects.dk

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Jan Gehl on Person Place Thing

— July 26, 2016

On the latest episode of the New York based radio show Person Place Thing, Randy Cohen features Jan Gehl! In this ...

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‘Urbanized Villages’ – Taste of Shenzhen

During the last three decades China has changed unbelievably quickly. Walking through Shenzhen, one of the biggest cities in ...

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Gehl Institute beginnings

Under a generous grant from the Knight Foundation, Gehl Institute was launched last year with an ambitious research agenda ...

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News

On the latest episode of the New York based radio show Person Place Thing, Randy Cohen features Jan Gehl! In this ...

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Gehl Institute empowers American Communities in People-first Design

— July 11, 2016

New Institute, leadership to provide the tools necessary for cities to design more inviting, economically vibrant public ...

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Riccardo Marini

Director

Jul 7, 2016

Almaty, Kazakhstan

Uniting Technology, Innovations & Architecture

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Tourism — Growing Livable & Competitive Cities

City planners and leaders should pay more attention to tourism – as a strategic tool for both creating livable and ...

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Talks

V Innovation Forum

Riccardo Marini

Director

Jul 7, 2016

Almaty, Kazakhstan

Uniting Technology, Innovations & Architecture

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Shopfront

How to Study Public Life

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“Like Humans Do!”

Riccardo Marini

Director

Jul 27, 2016

Singapore

Universal Design of Public Places Conference

past event

More info here

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Ciudades para la gente – pero ¿Cómo?

Con frecuencia escuchamos el término “Ciudades para la gente” como si fuese un logo simple y atractivo, algo que ...

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Andreas Røhl

Associate

Jun 27, 2016

Bern, Switzerland

Behind the Cycling Culture of Copenhagen

past event

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Jan Gehl – 50th research anniversary at Venice Biennale

2016 marks Jan Gehl’s 50th anniversary on researching public life and public space. To celebrate this lifelong ...

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Andreas Røhl

Associate

Jun 29, 2016

Luxembourg

Electro-Mobility

past event

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$1 Million Challenge: Turn Everyday Spaces into ‘PLAY’ces

Play sets the stage for kids to achieve beyond their current circumstances. It provides social skills, greater ...

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Helle Søholt on Biennale agenda ‘Designing Life’

— May 25, 2016

In the lead up to the opening of the ‪‎Danish Pavilion‬ at the 15th International Architecture Biennale in Venice ...

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Bundes-kongress

Lisa Müller

Architect

Jun 24, 2016

Fulda, Germany

Kopenhagen – Stadtgestaltung in Reaktion auf den Klimawandel

past event

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In conversation with Secretary Foxx

— April 21, 2016

Earlier this week we had the pleasure of hosting the United States Secretary of Transportation, Secretary Foxx, several ...

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Habitat III — Side Event

Camilla van Deurs

Partner

Jun 21, 2016

Quito, Ecuador

Housing and Sustainable Urban Development

past event

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Urban Designer

— April 18, 2016

Gehl Studio is the American office of Gehl Architects, a global leader in people centered urban design whose home base is in ...

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Happy 50th birthday, David!

— February 8, 2016

One of the most distinctive figures at Gehl Architects, David Sim, turned 50 on February 7th. David is an amazing source ...

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Vesterbrogade 24, 5th floor

1620 Copenhagen V

Denmark

 

mail@gehlpeople.com

T +45 32 95 09 51

 

CVR: 25 30 95 29

 

Gehl also has studios in the US:

 

Gehl San Francisco

1211 Folsom Street, 4th Floor

San Francisco

CA 94103

USA

+1 (415) 636 9130

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Gehl New York

154 Grand Street

New York

NY 10013

USA

T +1 (212) 537 6318

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People

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Vannesa Ahuactzin

Manager of Culture &

Communication

vannesa@gehlpeople.com

 

 

Tenders & New Business

Eva Martinus

Business Development Coordinator

eva@gehlpeople.com

 

Martine Loessl

Business Development Coordinator

martine@gehlpeople.com

 

Amy Hillier – US Contact

Business Development Coordinator

amy@gehlpeople.com

 

Full-time positions

We will only review your applications if we have announced a position.
Please keep checking our news section for announcements on new positions.

Internships

We will only review your applications if we have announced a position.
Please keep checking our news section for announcements on new positions.

Finance & Administration

Aimee Hansen

Account Officer

aimee@gehlpeople.com

 

 

Management

Helle Søholt

CEO

helle@gehlpeople.com

 

 

Matthew Lister

Director, New York

matthew@gehlpeople.com

Henriette Vamberg

Managing Director, Copenhagen

henriette@gehlpeople.com

 

 

Camilla van Deurs

Director, Copenhagen

camilla@gehlpeople.com

Jeff Risom

Managing Director, US

jeff@gehlpeople.com

 

 

Blaine Merker

Director, San Francisco

blaine@gehlpeople.com

Vannesa Ahuactzin

Manager of Culture &

Communication

vannesa@gehlpeople.com

 

Anders Bendtsen

Finance & Administration Manager

anders@gehlpeople.com

Lectures

Requests & info

Eva Martinus

Business Development Coordinator

talks@gehlpeople.com

Press

Press contact

Vannesa Ahuactzin

vannesa@gehlpeople.com

 

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Making Cities for People

Our team is growing, as is our commitment to changing the paradigm of planning and design, towards cities that are made for people. Reach out to our team of ‘people first’ leaders in Copenhagen, San Francisco and New York City – three offices, one mission exemplified in our tagline: Making Cities for People.

People are our inspiration. They are at the core of our practice, at the heart of how we plan and design. It’s because of people that the Gehl team collaborates with public and private enterprises to make cities that are plural, alive, and abundant with choice. Gehl is people, so we took the decision, to move to: gehlpeople.com.

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Announcing the expansion of ‘Gehl Institute’

We’re pleased to announce that we are formally expanding the work of Gehl Institute, which was launched last year with support from the Knight Foundation. The Institute is a public charity and non-profit organization that will operate out of New York City. Gehl Institute shares the same ambition and vision as Gehl – that cities are truly made for people and the needs of people should be at the center of planning, design and the making of our urban environment.

 

Ten years ago, Jan Gehl and I initiated what was at first ‘Gehl Research’, a small team within the Gehl office in Copenhagen. At the time, Jan had just turned 70 and was recently named Professor Emeritus at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, where he had been leading the Centre for Public Space Research for 3 years, and the Department of Urban Design for more than 3 decades. To help ensure the public life research that Jan had carried out through his entire life would continue – and grow – in the future, we agreed to start a small research and learning entity. Since then, Gehl Research has initiated exciting initiatives like Gehl Talks (keynote addresses), published two books – ‘Cities for People’ and ‘How to Study Public Life,’ with great support from Realdania in Denmark – and built a knowledge exchange platform in Copenhagen, using our office as cultural institute. We receive groups of visitors from all over the world who are interested in our methods, our projects and Copenhagen as our urban laboratory.

 

Looking to the Future
Building on the success of Gehl Research, Gehl Institute aims to grow what is most important – new knowledge about cities and the relationship between ‘the life of the city & the built form in which it takes place’.

To enable Gehl Institute as a vehicle for urban research and action oriented ‘intervention studies’, and by sharing the Gehl methods, we continue to build on the legacy of the public life studies and books of Jan Gehl as well as the experience and tools developed by Gehl as an urban design and consultancy company.

In the coming years, the role of Gehl Institute will be to enable a scaling up and deepening of our urban research in the field of ‘public life’ and in particular, how the urban environment influence people’s behavior, attitudes, health and well-being. The Institute wants to develop a deeper understanding of how places in cities and neighborhoods can support social resiliency, public health, connections between people and issues of equality and accessibility.

We look forward to having Gehl Institute build new strong partnerships with other American and international foundations as the need for humanizing cities globally has never been deeper than now with the social, economic and environmental challenges the cities are facing today.

 

— Helle Søholt, CEO and Founding Partner

 


Learn more about Gehl Institute here
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Jan Gehl: 50 years researching public space and public life! – summer masterclass

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This is Jan Gehl’s Anniversary Year! Jan has been inspiring us to create cities for people for 50 years. Wow! We’re celebrating with a life-changing masterclass in Copenhagen between the 24th and 26th of August.

 

PROGRAM OUTLINE

Day 1 – Getting to Know Gehl
Talks & guest talk, case studies, in conversation sessions, urban safari, film screening & dinner
Gehl team: Jan Gehl, David Sim, Henriette Vamberg and Birgitte Bundesen Svarre + guest speaker Tina Saaby.

Day 2 – Investigating the City
Guest talk, case studies, in conversation sessions & bicycle tour
Gehl team: Jan Gehl, David Sim, Camilla van Deurs, Andreas Røhl and Lars Gemzøe + guest speaker Klaus Bondam.

Day 3 – Urban Visions & Change
Talks, case studies, in conversation sessions & evening reception
Gehl team: Jan Gehl, Helle Søholt, David Sim, Jeff Risom, Blaine Merker and Kristian Villadsen.

 

THE MASTERCLASS TEAM

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GUEST SPEAKERS

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COST

Euros € 2000 + 25% VAT
– includes a light breakfast & lunch for all three days and dinner on the first evening.

 

REGISTRATION

To register and pay go to Eventbrite

If you have any questions please e-mail us at masterclass@gehlpeople.com

 

Top photo credit: Markus Reichenbach

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Year of the Monkey

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“It is ironic that we know more about the habitat of mountain gorillas, than we do about the habitat of people.”

… says Jan Gehl. The Year of the Monkey seems like a good time to change this.

Gehl has been studying the habitat of people in Chinese cities for the past 8 years.
The aim, to shift towards a more ‘people-oriented development’.

On Nanjing Lu East in Shanghai we found that 95% of movement is pedestrian,
but 85% of the space is given to cars.

In 2016 we hope to see Nanjing Lu improved for people!

 

扬·盖尔先生说:“我们对人类自身习性的了解还不如对大猩猩习性的了解,这是多么讽刺的事。”

猴年应该是改变这一窘境的好时机。盖尔事务所在过去八年来一直致力于研究中国城市居民的习性。我们的

目标是使中国城市朝着更加以人为本的方向发展。

在上海的南京东路上,我们研究发现95%的道路使用者是行人,而85%的道路空间却分配给了机动车。在

2016年,我们希望看到南京路为行人进行提升改造。

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Gehl 15 / Anniversary Edition

Enjoy our annual report for 2014-15, a compilation of many exciting Gehl goodies!

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Glædelig Jul & Season’s Greetings

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Summer Greetings

 

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We wish you a wonderful summer!

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Gehl Studio

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Gehl Studio is the US based practice of Gehl Architects, with offices in San Francisco and  New York. The Studio team is engaged with clients and projects within all the Gehl Services from Canada, the US, Latin and South America. Having established Studios in the US has enabled us to do more of what we love most, to work face to face and on a daily basis with our local clients and collaborators. We are able to jointly tackle and prioritize the needs of people in the planning and design of cities, districts, communities, streets and spaces, to make a bigger impact and to go further in the design process.

 

Gehl Team

At Gehl, we strongly believe that the success of the projects that we undertake with our clients and collaborators is dependent on the right team, a group that is dynamic, talented, from varying backgrounds, and who shares the values and ambitions of creating ‘cities for people’.
This is why we have an exceptional group of people, who joined our offices at Gehl Studio San Francisco and Gehl Studio New York. These Studios also draw from the experience and talent of our Copenhagen office, enabling tailored teams with specific skills to be formed on a project-by-project basis.

 

Gehl Studio is led by Jeff Risom out of Copenhagen. John Bela and Blaine Merker joined  from Rebar Art and Design Studio, bringing with them their leadership, expertise and innovation from Parking Day to temporary pilots and early activation projects around the world. Matthew Lister leads our New York office.

 

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Learn more …

– Get in touch with one of our Studio offices here.
– Learn about our US team here.
– Find out where we are located in San Francisco and New York here.

 

*Gehl Studio is a Gehl Architects company

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Gehl is expanding

A few of the Gehl Studio colleagues in Copenhagen

A few of the Gehl Studio colleagues in Copenhagen

 

Gehl Architects has called Copenhagen home for over 14 years. During that time our team has flown around the world, working on ever-more complex, global projects that have always aimed to create ‘cities for people’.

Now we’d like to broaden the Gehl reach, to expand the research and people-first approach, to influence design and urbanism in a more focused and local way, so that we can continue to improve people’s everyday quality of life by working more closely with our international clients and collaborators.

 

It’s the right time

We all know that our world is urbanizing at an accelerated pace. With this expansion our cities are increasingly plagued by well-known issues – aging populations, lifestyle diseases, affordability, congestion, safety, among many other topics.

Adapting to these changes while ensuring global growth exerts an extraordinary pressure on the daily city goer’s life and on the people who manage cities. This is why we aim to work with our clients and collaborators on transitioning from focusing on concrete and steel (hardware of cities) to responding to daily human experiences and needs (software of cities) so that our behavior, habits and lifestyle can shape our urban future and ensure that everyone has access to a better quality of life.

 

Gehl Studio

These are some of the reasons why we’ve decided to open Gehl Studio San Francisco and Gehl Studio New York.

Having Studios in the US will enable Gehl to exponentially do what we love most, to work face to face and on a daily basis with our local clients and collaborators. We’ll be able to jointly tackle and prioritize the needs of people in the planning and design of cities, districts, communities, streets and spaces, to make a bigger impact and to go further in the design process.

 

Gehl Team

At Gehl, we strongly believe that the success of the projects that we undertake with our clients and collaborators is dependent on the right team, a group that is dynamic, talented, from varying backgrounds, and who shares the values and ambitions of creating ‘cities for people’. This is why we have invited an exceptional group of people to join Gehl Studio San Francisco and Gehl Studio New York. These Studios will also draw from the experience and talent of our Copenhagen office, enabling tailored teams with specific skills to be formed on a project-by-project basis.

One very exciting piece of news is that John Bella and Blaine Merker have joined Gehl Studio San Francisco from Rebar Art and Design Studio, bringing with them their leadership, expertise and innovation from Parking Day to temporary pilots and early activation projects around the world.

As you can tell, the Gehl expansion has us very excited!

 

Learn more…
Get in touch with one of our Studio offices here.
Learn about our US team here.
Find out where we are located in San Francisco and New York here.

 

* Gehl Studio San Francisco and Gehl Studio New York are part of the Gehl Architects family.