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We will be hosting an inaugural three-part conference this autumn on masterplanning and urban change. Using London as an object of inquiry and under the title ‘Citymakers’, we have invited key individuals who have been involved in the iterative process of making or studying the contemporary city. Three sessions moderated by Paul Finch will each explore a different way in which pieces of the city have been changing:

26 September 2019: CATALYTIC urban development with Oliver Wainwright, Patricia Brown, Paul Appleton, Ricky Burdett, Selina Mason and Yolande Barnes

10 October: ORGANIC urban development with Artur Carulla, Deyan Sudjic, Eleanor Kelly, Elizabeth Rapoport and Roger Madelin

24 October: CURATED urban development with Alfredo Caraballo, Ben Rogers, Helen Goodwin, Jason Prior and Robert Evans

Each evening will consist of presentations followed by debates and audience Q&A, the outcomes of which will be included in a research publication.

Participation in Citymakers is by invitation. If you are interested to attend as a member of the audience for any or all of the events, please contact, with subject line Citymakers.

Building on York’s ‘Yorkness’

York Central Partnership has submitted an outline planning application for York Central, one of the largest city centre brownfield sites in the UK, with a view to starting on site in 2019. The masterplan has been prepared by a team of Allies and Morrison, Arup and landscape architects Gustafson Porter and Bowman.

The masterplan will transform an underused part of the city centre, creating vibrant new residential, cultural and business neighbourhoods in the heart of York while building on the historic city’s character. Once complete, it is expected to increase the size of York’s economy by over 20 per cent and create around 6,500 jobs.

‘This project is one of the most significant steps in York’s evolution since the railways drove through the medieval city walls in 1840. Understanding of the unique fabric of the city, its “Yorkness,” has been central to the refinement of the masterplan and our approach to public realm and the making of a place’, says Jason Syrett, Partner at Allies and Morrison.

‘The site’s history and the existing railway heritage buildings will provide a rich setting for the new proposals. New connections and open spaces will link isolated railway lands back into the surrounding city and the National Railway Museum will be expanded with a new Central Gallery, a new cultural heart for York’s new city quarter’.


You should be passionate about architectural visualisation, innovative, flexible and enjoy teamwork.  You must have in-depth expertise in 3D Studio Max, Vray and Photoshop skills and a proven track record of delivering striking images.  Experience in animation and emerging technologies including Corona rendering skills, Unity, Unreal Engine and After Effects would be a real advantage.

We are based in our own purpose built design studios in Bankside, London and studios in Cambridge.  We are an equal opportunities employer.

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