Our Story:

Urben was formed in 2012 as a multi-disciplinary urbanism studio focused on planning, design and problem solving for urban environments. With a passion for making our cities better places, we work at a range of scales, from regional masterplans down to intricate courtyard spaces. Our studio is based in Hackney Wick, overlooking the Lea Navigation Canal on the edge of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Our staff are Chartered members of the Royal Town Planning Institute and Landscape Institute. We are also active members of the Academy of Urbanism, Urban Design Group, International Society of City and Regional Planners and the recently formed Think Deep UK. 


Practice Summary:

  • Focus on Landscape Architecture, Urban Design and Planning.

  • Passionate about making cities equitable, sustainable and enjoyable.

  • A fundamental interest in people & how they interact with their environment.

  • Work at all scales from regional to local.

  • An award winning research led practice.

  • A registered practice with the Landscape Institute.


Our Values & Beliefs:

  • High-quality design can benefit clients, the environment, the end user and the wider public.

  • Well designed places should respond to the ever-growing challenges exerted on our towns and cities.

  • A strong belief in the power & importance of community.

  • A drive to ensure our cities are not only efficient but sustainable & enjoyable places to live & work.

  •  A commitment to research and innovation, including through design competitions; industry engagement and partnering with academic institutions.


A Social Ethos:

  • We are a Living Wage Employer.

  • We provide pro bono advice for local charities & voluntary organisations.

  • We have participated in Urban Planning Advisory Teams for the International Society of City and Regional Planners. 

  • We actively support a number of industry organisations such as the Urban Design Group and Think Deep UK.