Daniel Elsea

Director, Communications

Daniel has a multi-dimensional role at the practice. He leads our Communications Team, shaping our external strategy, supporting business development, publications, events, exhibitions and press relations. He advises many of our clients on communications issues, conducts public outreach, and fosters new relationships. Daniel is a core member of the Masterplanning Group, on the Management Team and one of our two Diversity Champions.

As an urbanist, he contributes thinking to our international masterplans and competitions. As a design journalist, he writes on architecture and visual culture, his by-line appearing in a variety of publications from Art Review and The Architects’ Journal to The Wall Street Journal and The World of Interiors. Combining these roles, he is one of the co-authors of the forthcoming book Complex City, which grew out of the practice's award-winning research in urban characterisation. He is also involved in shaping the work of the Van Alen Institute, the New York-based urban design charity, serving as co-chair of its International Council.

A student of politics, history of architecture and sustainable urban development, Daniel holds degrees from Williams College and the University of Oxford. Now an adopted Londoner, he grew up in Los Angeles and previously called Hong Kong and Beijing home. He is especially proud of his small, but growing, collection of contemporary art.