John Sampson

BA(Hons) BArch(Dist) MA ARB

School of Architecture

Design Tutor

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John Sampson
School of Architecture

I am interested in research led design and split my time between university and practice.

Within the university I am Co-director of Collaborative Practice and run an MArch Design Studio and a Dissertation Research Group that draws heavily on the research interests of the design cooperative, URBED, of which I have been a member since 2006.

At URBED I head up the urban design based projects in the office within my role as an Associate Principal.

Prior to joining URBED, I gained experience in participative and ecological design working with the atelier d’architecture autogérée in France, Germany and Northern Ireland and toured South America on an Architecture Foundation Public Space Travel Scholarship.

Research interests
  • Urban design
  • Economy of cities
  • Ecological urbanism
  • Biophilia
  • Sustainable transport
  • Food and the city
  • Resourcefulness
  • Participatory practice
  • Urban Design Group Practice Award 2017 – Shortlist – Vaux
  • Community Land Trust Network Awards 2012 – Awarded for excellence in community engagement 2Up 2Down/ Homebaked
  • Urban Design Group Practice Award 2015 – Overall Winner – Trent Basin
  • Urban Design Group Practice Awaed 2012 – Joint Winner – Brentford Lock West
Teaching activities
  • Co-director Collaborative Practice
  • MArch Studio Leader
  • MArch Dissertation Supervisor
Professional activities

Academician, Academy of Urbanism