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John Worthington

Co-Founder, DEGW
Director, The Academy of Urbanism (UK)

John Worthington co-founded DEGW in 1973, a strategic workplace consultancy that currently operates from offices in Europe, Asia Pacific, and the Americas. Since then he has pioneered methods of adapting urban and space-planning techniques to meet the needs of the emerging knowledge economy.  Recent assignments include high-rise building strategies for the cities of Rotterdam, London and Dublin.

Past appointments include Professor of Architecture and Director of the Institute of Advanced Architectural Studies, the University of York (1992-97), visiting professorships at the University of Sheffield (1997- 2008), Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg (2000-03) and professorial fellow  at the University of Melbourne (2007-10).
He was a Board member for London Thames Gateway Development Corporation (2004–09), Chair of CABE/RIBA Building Futures (2003-06) and has been a past Chair and is a current Patron of the Urban Design Group.

Worthington´s current interests focus on the interrelationship between design and briefing with a specific emphasis on urban design and estates strategies. Throughout his career he has been concerned with supporting business organizations, institutions and public authorities in making the most effective use of resources by matching available space and buildings to organizational demands. He has applied the lessons learned in workplace design to the fields of learning environments, healthcare and urban planning. Recent publications include Reinventing the Workplace (2nd Edition, Architectural Press, 2006) and Co-authored with Alastair Blyth; Managing the Brief for Better Design (2nd Edition Routledge, 2010).  He teaches the Design for Business Lab at IE

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