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John Smylie


John Smylie is Director of Place Lab, a design practice focused on place-making. The science of place-making involves adopting a contextual approach to architecture and urban design, strengthening local character and delivering spaces that are attractive to people and are vibrant and sustainable.


Over the years John’s projects have achieved a number of design awards. More recently, his work received an international Charter Award (Congress for the New Urbanism), RTPI Award for Best Regeneration Project in the UK and RICS Award for Best Regeneration Project in Northern Ireland.

John is also the Chapter Chair of INTBAU Ireland, an all-island chapter of the network.

John has previously served as Northern Ireland Advisor to the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community, now The Prince’s Foundation, an international organisation that teaches and demonstrates sustainable development, placing community engagement at the heart of its work.

Place Lab provides consultancy services in architecture, urban design and masterplanning in the UK region.

Further information

Place Lab
41-43 waring Street
Belfast BT1 2DY
Telephone: 028 9099 2446