John Burrell is an Architect with specialist expertise in urban design and masterplanning, particularly community consultation on residential projects and the imaginative re-use of historic buildings. He led the successful adaptation, conversion and regeneration of the 1970s Angell Town Estate in Brixton, described as “brilliant community architecture" and "architecture at its vibrant best and a model for similar urban housing everywhere” in the Civic Trust Award citation.
John has demonstrated design innovation in many prize-winning projects including the Harbour Lights Regional Film Theatre in Southampton, which was shortlisted for the 1995 Royal Fine Art Commission/Sunday Times ‘Building of the Year’ award, and the Stratford Picturehouse, voted as one of the best 50 buildings of 2000 by The Independent.
John’s research has led to numerous publications and he has served on several advisory bodies. He was trained as a structural engineer and took an MA in History and Theory of Architecture at Essex University, graduating from the Architectural Association and winning the Diploma prize. John is a member of the London Borough of Southwark Design Review Panel for major planning applications and a Design Director to Urban Initiatives Studio with special responsibility for housing and neighbourhoods.
His current and recent projects include a number of residential infill developments across the property portfolio of Islington Council and Hornsey Housing Trust. He has also been working with the Spitalfields Trust to develop alternative redevelopment proposals for the historic Norton Folgate area.