James Brown


James has spent over 16 years in consultancy working on projects across the UK and internationally to deliver creative solutions in both public and private sectors working across the full project life cycle. 

James has worked with a wide range of clients including cities, transit operators and cultural institutions. From this he has gained a breadth of experience across different sectors working with clients to define their ambition and create long term innovation which leads to tangible outcomes. His project highlights include:  

  • Leading the development of a Placemaking Strategy for Brick Lane to ensure its successes are felt throughout the street and surrounding area by visitors and residents alike. 

  • Developing a comprehensive set of design requirements for Passenger Assistance Intercoms across all Metrolinx built assets such as Subway, LRT, BRT, and Rail. 

  • Highlighting Toronto's Green and Open Spaces through the development of a wayfinding system. 

  • Translating a cultural narrative for the Paddington Basin, core to the regeneration of a revisited district. 

  • Guiding the vision for the rejuvenation of Allen Gardens in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. 

Alongside his role as a design consultant James is the Practice Leader for Planning and design for movement. His responsibilities include business and skills development, and market planning and delivery. 

Articles and insights by this expert

16 May 2023

"10/10 Toronto. Would use again."

The TO360 Wayfinding system developed by Steer is a multi-modal information system that places walking at its core.  Over the past...

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26 Apr 2023

Can our understanding of cities and ability to reimagine the built environment provide for a better quality of life?

Being overweight or developing obesity is an all-too-common condition that often sneaks up on many of us; it’s a matter of incrementally...

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21 Apr 2023

Improving the passenger experience

In recent years, there have been great improvements in passenger experience in the aviation industry; however, customers are still...

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18 May 2020

A space revolution

The Covid-19 pandemic has reawakened our interest in green and open space with many of us heading to our local parks and gardens for our daily exercise. James Brown asks whether the current situation will challenge future thinking about how we design our cities and communities to prioritise our public spaces. 

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14 May 2019

Placemaking: idea and tool for change

Placemaking is both an overarching idea and a tool for improving a street, neighbourhood, or even a city; it can inspire a collective reimagination of spaces by strengthening the connection between people and places. So, what is the key to successful placemaking?

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