Joanna Allen

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Joanna Allen


Joanna is a Partner at JTP, with wide-ranging experience of urban regeneration, masterplanning and residential design. She is responsible for JTP's international portfolio with projects across Europe, Russia, the Middle East and China.

In the UK, Joanna is leading teams working on a range of large-scale masterplanning projects across the southeast and east of England, Cumbria and Yorkshire. She has experience of leading collaborative masterplanning processes including working with the community and key stakeholders. She has extensive experience of Design Coding as well as leading detailed architectural projects for housing associations and other housing developers throughout the UK.

Currently, Joanna is responsible for masterplanning a series of new large-scale settlements in Moscow and St Petersburg and along the Black Sea Coast in Russia. She was part of the multidisciplinary Capital Cities Planning Group (CCPG), an Anglo-American team including JTP, Gillespies, UDA and Buro Happold, which won the competition for Moscow Expansion; the design and planning of the new Federal District in Moscow.

In China, where Joanna has specialised in regional and city regeneration projects, JTP has undertaken over 40 large-scale masterplanning and regeneration projects, from Dalian in the North, to Hainan in the South.

In the United Arab Emirates, Joanna led the masterplanning of Shahama and Bahia. The project was driven by bioclimatic design principles and was the first time that a Participatory Planning Process was undertaken in the UAE - where local residents were invited to participate in the regeneration of their neighbourhood.

Joanna played a major role in the Renaissance Towns and Rural Renaissance Programme developed on behalf of Yorkshire Forward, which involved work in the Upper Calder Valley, Skipton and Settle. She has also worked on the masterplanning of seaside towns including Scarborough and Cleethorpes in Yorkshire, developing a Charter and Strategic Development Framework through Participatory Planning Processes.

Joanna is an Academician of the Academy of Urbanism, an organisation which promotes the cause of good quality urbanism throughout Great Britain and Ireland and is also a member of the UK China Eco City Group. Passionate about the importance of placemaking and how the design of good places impacts positively on health and wellbeing, Joanna believes strongly that the best places are created through collaborative processes. She ensures that JTP’s Charrette Methodology is embedded in every project often including extensive participation of local communities and stakeholders.

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