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Gehl together with Gehl Institute have just completed ‘Tools for Change’, the summer masterclass in Copenhagen.

  • 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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EU & WHO Meeting in Zagreb

Louise Vogel Kielgast

Associate

Nov 13, 2017

Zagreb, Croatia

Towards More Physical Activity in Cities

past event

 Seventh meeting of the European Union

Physical Activity Focal Points

Network & WHO

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Measure what you care about

90% of the data in the world was created in the last two years. Yet, only 0.5% of the data that exists today is used for ...

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Cities in the 21st Century

Jan Gehl

Professor

Nov 22, 2017

Bruxelles, Belgium

Keynote

past event

More info

here

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A common language for people data

— September 27, 2017

  “Over the years, we have seen that more and more cities are beginning to collect and utilize data about how ...

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Public Life, a service

This week at ‘Public X Design’, Shin-pei Tsay, Executive Director of Gehl Institute launched the ‘Public Life Data ...

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News

  “Over the years, we have seen that more and more cities are beginning to collect and utilize data about how ...

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Gehl’s partner group expands their international profile

— August 28, 2017

As Gehl’s work and influence continue to grow, we are excited to announce that three new people have joined the ...

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Movilidad y Metropoli

Esben Neander Kristensen

Associate

Nov 25, 2017

Queretaro, Mexico

Cities for People

Symposium

More info

here

 

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Making the case for action

“Climate change and health are two enormous crises that we are facing as a species this century. They are emergencies in ...

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Talks

EU & WHO Meeting in Zagreb

Louise Vogel Kielgast

Associate

Nov 13, 2017

Zagreb, Croatia

Towards More Physical Activity in Cities

 Seventh meeting of the European Union

Physical Activity Focal Points

Network & WHO

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Shopfront

People Cities

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Life on top

As urban designers, we spend a lot of time and effort ensuring that streets work well - as places for meeting new people, ...

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The Human Scale

Ewa Westermark

Partner & Director US

Nov 28, 2017

Dudelange, Luxembourg

Film screening

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here

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Streets Ahead

Integrating Design and Technology in Future Streets By Project Architect Camilla Siggaard Andersen, Gehl New ...

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CoRe Foro Urbano 2017

David Sim

& Esben Neander Kristensen

Dec 4-5, 2017

Mexico City, Mexico

Cities for People

More info here

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Cities in Motion Conference

Jeff Risom

Partner & Director US

Nov 17, 2017

Los Angeles, USA

Improving Wellbeing through Transport Design

past event

More info

here

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Health, Equity, and Public Space

Gehl Institute launches a new research project sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation   With the ...

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Designing security

— March 13, 2017

 We’re happy to announce that Camilla van Deurs, Partner at Gehl, is featured in the ‘Nordic Safe Cities Guide’ ...

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Aarhus’ best family neighbourhood

— March 2, 2017

Gehl, together with Henning Larsen Architects, E+N architects and Rambøll has submitted a proposal to transform ...

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Tools for Change — Summer Masterclass

— March 1, 2017

Program outline Day 1 – Learning the Basics Talks & guest talk, case studies, in conversation sessions, ...

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More Creative — Kristian Villadsen

— February 22, 2017

“Having a public realm that we share despite our differences is essential for creating a sense of society. Simply seeing ...

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Martine Loessl

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Amy Hillier – US Contact

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We will only review your applications if we have announced a position.

Please keep checking our news section for announcements on new positions.

 

InternshipsCopenhagen

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Call for interns in the Copenhagen office are made via the news section of our site twice a year: in December with a February 1st start date and in June with an August 1st start date.

The duration of the internships is 6 months, fully paid.

You are welcome to send your application to internships@gehlpeople.com but they will only be reviewed if a call for interns has been made.

 

Full-time positionsUS

We’re always looking for talented people to join our team!

There’s two ways to apply for a position at Gehl in the US:

1 – As a response to a position that had been posted on our site. Sign-up to our blog to receive notices & review for current openings.

2 – As an unsolicited submission, you are welcome to submit your CV at any time. We’ll keep it on file. Submit through Homerun.

 

InternshipsUS

We’re always looking for talented interns to join our team!

You can apply for an internship at Gehl in the US by:

1 – Answering the call for interns (usually in March) for both the New York and San Francisco offices via our site. Sign-up to our blog to receive a nudge and apply.

2 – Sending an unsolicited submission. We’ll keep your info on file. Submit through Homerun.

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Matthew Lister

Director, New York

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Henriette Vamberg

Managing Director, Copenhagen

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Camilla van Deurs

Director, Copenhagen

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Jeff Risom

Managing Director, US

jeff@gehlpeople.com

 

 

Blaine Merker

Director, San Francisco

blaine@gehlpeople.com

Vannesa Ahuactzin

Manager of Culture &

Communication

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Summer Masterclass wraps-up

Gehl together with Gehl Institute have just completed ‘Tools for Change’, the summer masterclass in Copenhagen. Enjoy the FLICKR collection of photos.

Interested in signing-up for 2018? Send an email to masterclass@gehlpeople.com

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Tools for Change – Summer Masterclass

Gehl Summer Masterclass 2016

Join Gehl Institute in Copenhagen for three fun & knowledge soaked days of talks, in-conversation sessions, urban safaris, film screenings, and bicycle tours.

 


Program outline

Day 1 – Learning the Basics Talks & guest talk, case studies, in conversation sessions, urban safari, film screening & dinner Gehl Institute: Shin-pei Tsay, host Gehl team: David Sim, Henriette Vamberg and Birgitte Bundesen Svarre + guest speaker. Day 2 – Investigating the City  Guest talk, case studies, in conversation sessions & bicycle tour Gehl Institute: Shin-pei Tsay, host Gehl team: David Sim, Camilla van Deurs, Andreas Røhl + guest speaker. Day 3 – Urban Visions & Change Talks, case studies, in conversation sessions & evening reception Gehl Institute: Shin-pei Tsay, host Gehl team: Helle Søholt, David Sim, Jeff Risom, and Kristian Villadsen * Complete program will be available from April 2017


Your host

Shin-pei


The Gehl team

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Location & dates

Copenhagen, Denmark, August 23-25, 2017

Cost 

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

Signing up

Sign up through Eventbrite here  

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Can home exist somewhere other than where you live? 

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‘Life Between Buildings’ part of ‘What Makes a Home’ exhibition at IKEA Museum

If you missed the experience of ‘Life Between Buildings’, the exhibition, at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art and the Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2012, you now have another chance to see it at the IKEA Museum!

So, if you happen to be in Scandinavia take some time to journey to Älmhult, Sweden and experience the IKEA museum and ‘What makes a home?’ exhibition which is open between February 4th and May 14th. More details to be found here.

 

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Holiday greetings from the Gehl team


As 2016 comes to an end, we are taking a moment to look back on a few of the amazing projects we have engaged in over the past year.

 

Our Public Life Data methods make people visible in cities, and in almost every project we have been conducting surveys and engaging people in the process. In places as different as Pittsburgh, Nashville and West Palm Beach, in the US, Santiago and Panama in Latin America, Toronto in Canada, to Kirchberg in Luxembourg, Bern in Switzerland, the University of Sydney and Shanghai, we have used Public Life Data to inform Public Realm Strategies and action plans. We have also produced indicators for social sustainability as part of the Nordea-fonden project and have had a series of seminars and a publication on social sustainability as part of our continued work for Region Skåne in Sweden. In addition, we have worked with Alexandra Institute Copenhagen to develop Tree.0 which was installed in Vesterbrogade in Copenhagen as a means to collect information about people’s behaviour in the area.

Prototyping is an integrated approach to urban change in many projects as it provides evidence of the shared value the public realm offers to all people. In the past year, we have engaged thousands of people through the social furniture in the Presidio in San Francisco, as well as working with low income groups to develop a new public space in Charlotte’s West End. We have mapped the impact of various interventions along 16th Street Mall in Denver – who in addition to 5 full-weekends of “Meet in the Street” this year, pulled off their own Prototyping Festival with our input and inspired from the original campaign we also helped to spearhead along Market Street in San Francisco. We helped Santiago, Chile to vastly improve walking conditions around metro stops with ‘Santiago Walks’, a project launched with the local government.

We continue to engage in new urban developments, such as a new city district in Lille, and India Basin in San Francisco, as well as large urban schemes transforming central parts of Mexico City, as well as rethinking gated communities in Tigre, Argentina and transforming clients mindsets. Former clients have come back to us to re-engage with us in developments such as the case of An Camas Mòr in Scotland and Riverlands in Red Deer, Canada and we have continued working for Riksbyggen in Sweden on a series of projects. We have also just begun the development of a masterplan in Spellhaugen, Bergen.

We are working to have impact in vulnerable communities, such as working with authorities and local designers in Porto Viejo, Ecuador after the April Earthquake, and with the World Bank in the world’s most densely populated city Dhaka, Bangladesh.

We have developed our mobility services further in projects such as the Victoria Cycle Plan, Cardiff Cycle Plan, Boise Transportation Plan, continued advice to Hamar in Norway on repositioning their train station and tracks, by advising Glostrup in Copenhagen on their transit hub and related development, and along the Monon Trail outside Indianapolis, as well as a new BRT line in Sydney.  We have also informed policies at a high level through the finalized Bike Manual for Latin American Cities for IADB, downloaded and shared by thousands of people already.

We have continued our long term commitments with Nordic City Network, CSTC in China and City of Sydney and start to see more awareness as well as some concrete outcomes.

Finally, we have had great events throughout the year, such as the masterclasses in Buenos Aires and Copenhagen, the exhibition opening in Beijing ‘Changing Cities in 5 Steps’, following the award we also received in this year for our work in Shanghai, just to mention a few.

We are also celebrating the holiday season with a gift to UNHCR and ACLU from our Copenhagen and US teams, to mark our commitment to the refugee crisis and human rights.

Merry Cities for People to all of you!

 

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Attaining Gehl Effect


In October we began rolling-out our 2016–2019 strategy  Gehl Effect. To keep us on track we’ve created a navigation tool, a little book, meant to synchronize the Gehl team, and move us towards the common goal of achieving the ‘Gehl Effect’ — making a better everyday life for all people.

 

‘Gehl Effect’ is built on four key ambitions:

Go up
Make sure our strategies and plans reach the policy level in cities by collaborating with Gehl Institute to achieve this.

Go deeper
Bring about change through active engagement and ultimately change in behavior towards lively streets, healthy lifestyles and active mobility.

Go down
Implement our approach, strategies and plans to get projects designed, tested and built.

Multiply
Train others to become ‘Gehl Multipliers’ and advocates for the Gehl People First approach.

We invite you to get familiar with the key areas of our new strategy, all while getting to know Gehl a little better!

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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.