Harry Dobbs

is a UK based chartered Architect and Urban Designer. He founded Harry Dobbs Design in 2002 following his post graduate urban design research at the Helen Hamlyn Center for Inclusive Design at the Royal College of Art in London.

The practice that brings together the strategic and conceptual approach of Urban Design & Architecture with the socially engaged and detailed sensitivity of interactive urban installations and furniture design. The practice has been recognized within the UK and abroad for its socially engaged and technologically innovative approach to the design of public realm environments, winning a range of international design competitions and awards. Most recently this has included a 1.3km interactive illuminated kaleidoscopic art installation for Oxford Street, a Smart City Strategy for the City of London, Interactive installations for the Olympics and bespoke National street product ranges and city center furniture for Riyadh, Doha, London and New York.

Harry’s approach starts with the city and the people who live in it. His understanding of our urban environments as a living, thinking, breathing social event as much as a physical phenomenon informs a culturally dynamic perspective on how we might instigate and respond to contemporary urban change. He has had a particular focus on engaging young people in the built environment, advising the UK Government on the setting up of a ‘Youth Review’ process for urban development, and designing courses for inclusion in the UK national curriculum.

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