Kathryn Firth, an urban designer with more than 25 years of international public- and private-sector experience, oversees NBBJ’s Urban Environments practice in Boston. Originally from Toronto, Kathryn spent 20 years in London, where she worked as a private consultant and as chief of design at the London Legacy Development Corporation, directing the transformation of the 2012 Olympic Games site into an authentic piece of city.
Kathryn has led international master planning and urban regeneration projects, working both in sensitive heritage contexts such as Covent Garden and on former industrial sites in complex urban environments, including Le Parc des Portes de Paris and Meridian Water in northeast London. Her ongoing research interests include the spatial and social dynamics of main streets, the New London Vernacular, urban density and neighborhood perception, and investigations into typologies and morphologies that support intensification and urban growth.
Kathryn holds a Masters of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. She ran the MSc City Design and Social Science at the London School of Economic Cities Programme for six years, and she is an external examiner and supervisor at Cambridge University, the Architectural Association and the Bartlett, University College London.
CIVIC AND PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
Office of the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, Design Advocate
Academy of Urbanism, Member, Board of Directors
Design Council UK, Built Environment Expert
Sadler’s Wells Foundation, Member
The London Society Executive Committee, former Member
Architecture Sans Frontières, former Trustee
Old Oak Park Royal Design Review Panel, former Co-Chair
Euston Station Design Review Panel, former Co-Chair
Urban Land Institute, Full Member/Urban Development Local Product Council