Guy Briggs: I am an architect and urban designer / planner based in Cape Town, South Africa, with over 25 years in practice working on projects around the world – from a beach house in South Africa to the development of a master plan for an expansion to Abu Dhabi to house 150,000 people (alongside the most high profile arts museums in the world).
In Cape Town I head the urban design studio at dhk Architects & Urban Designers. I have previously run my own consultancy specialising in urban regeneration, development strategy, and master planning, and taught design studio to 3rd year architectural students at the University of Cape Town.
I regularly talk at conferences and events, have published several articles and papers, and lectured in the UK, USA and South Africa. I am a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (London), and an Academician of the Academy of Urbanism (London). I have previously served as a member of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront design review committee, and as Cape Town city representative for the Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). Before moving to Cape Town in 2010, I was a panel member and co-Chair of the Bristol Urban Design Forum, and head of its Strategic Urban Design Advisory Group. I have also been a panel member of the London Borough of Hackney Design Review Panel, a guest critic at the Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL) for MA Urban Design reviews (2006 – 2008), and for the design studio at the London School of Economics Cities Programme (2001). I am a member of the Urban Design Institute of South Africa (UDISA), served on the steering committee from 2012 to 2021, and was UDISA Chairperson from 2018 to 2021.
My work in practice, research and teaching is driven by a strong belief in the need for a socially responsive approach to urbanism and development, in which places are shaped and created by and for the people that will use and inhabit them.
Specialties: development strategy, urban design, regeneration, master planning, design review / critique, project definition, vision.