Rob Thompson

I am particularly interested in making sense of place, in understanding how the built environment shapes our experience; and am motivated by a desire to create robust, beautiful places that people can fall in love with and build an emotional attachment to. 

With over 25 years experience in both Local Government and Private Practice, I set up rtu. rob thompson urbanism in 2016, working across the country on a diverse range of urban design, regeneration, visioning and masterplanning projects. I also teach urban design and placemaking at Sheffield Hallam University and Liverpool University.

I was the urban design principal responsible for the recent Manchester Residential Quality Guidance, which was Overall Winner and Innovation Winner at the RTPI NW Awards 2017. Part of Sheffield city's urban design team for ten years, I provided guidance on major developments and lead on developing urban design policy and scenario planning for Sheffield 2030. I was city design champion for the new Moor Market, and coordinated Sheffield's Design Review Panel from its inception in 2008 through to 2015.

I am co-author of the Academy of Urbanism book Urbanism, published in November 2016, a compendium of 75 schemes nominated by the Academy across the United Kingdom and Europe.

I am a member of both the Places Matter! North West Design Panel and the Yorkshire and Humber Design Review Panel, an Academician of the Academy of Urbanism and sit on the Academy Council, am a Recognised Practitioner of the Urban Design Group and the Yorkshire Region representative, and a Chartered Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute.

In 2020 I am the Lay Assessor for the RIBA Yorkshire Design Awards.

Rob Thompson Urban Design Group Recognised Practitioner
Job Title
Creative Director
rtu. rob thompson urbanism

MA Urban Design (dist)
BA (hons) Planning
Academician and Academy Council Member - Academy of Urbanism
Recognised Practitioner Urban Design - Urban Design Group