Mr. John Worthington
John Worthington AA Dip (Hons); March (Penn); Hon FRIBA; FRSA
Co-founder DEGW, an International firm of strategic briefing and design consultants , Board member the Academy of Urbanism, and chair of the Dublin City Urbanism advisory panel.
His urban planning work includes envisioning for Birmingham City Centre (Highbury Initiative 1989–90); Stockley Park, Heathrow (1984–96); the Merchant City, Glasgow; city centre renewal, and high building strategies for Rotterdam, Dublin and London. DEGW regeneration projects he has been responsible for include: The plan for the restructuring of the Carl Zeiss optics works in the centre of Jena, East Germany; Preparing the development brief and undertaking a city wide referendum for the Utrecht central station area, in the Netherlands.
John is currently deputy chair of Cambridgeshire Horizons Quality panel; on the advisory groups of RIBA Building Futures and the Prince’s Regeneration Trust and an advisor to Climate Change Capital Property Investment Fund. Recent appointments include Board member of the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation (2004-09); Chair of CABE/RIBA Building Futures (2003-07) and CABE design panel.
Academic appointments include Professor of Architecture and Director of the Institute of Advanced Architectural studies, The University of York (1992-97); Visiting Professor, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg (2000-03); Graham Willis Professor The University of Sheffield (2002-08) and Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne (2006-09). Whilst contributing to the workplace briefing masters course at the University of Melbourne he visited Australia annually and advised Vic Urban. LandCorp, and the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority on the competition for East Darling Harbour waterfront regeneration competition.
Since Co-founding DEGW in 1973, John has focussed on strategic briefing and supporting both the public and private sectors in making the most effective use of resources, by matching available space and buildings to organisational demand. Recent publications include Managing the Brief for Better Design (Routledge, Second Edition 2010) co-authored with Alastair Blyth, and Reinventing the Workplace (Architectural Press Second edition 2006).