Justin Kearnan


Urban Design / Architecture / Planning

Justin specialises in innovative, outside-the-box urban design and is an staunch advocate for liveable urbanism around the world. Justin is recognised for his international experience thinking interchangeably at a variety of scales; from the person to the community, up to the city and the region. He brings experience in urban design, architecture, urban morphology, planning, project strategy, and urban policy, provoking all actors of city-making to think with a sensitive understanding of interwoven urban issues and opportunities.

Your favourite project you have worked on so far?

Such an impossible question to answer – each projects has something I love about them. Although my favourite projects always have two distinct qualities about them that end up providing innovative, striking designs as their outcome. First quality is that it solves tough, real life challenges and makes a genuine impact. Second quality is that each design move in the project is borne from understanding the aspirations, challenges and opportunities SO well, we know precisely how we could design to them.

That said, my favourite project is a three-way tie between Raleigh Civic Campus Master Plan, CC2DCA Bridge Concept Design, and Downtown Disney Master Plan.

Research Interests:

  • Political Equity – Positioning policy and political leaders to unlock equity in their communities.
  • Spatial Equity – Researching new ways to understand the correlation of space with life opportunities for people.
  • Livability – Developing methods to quantitively and qualitatively heighten livability for cities.
  • New Building Typologies – Researching new, innovative building typologies that meet the needs of residents today.
  • Environmental Stewardship – Developing new methods for resiliency and environmental repair, especially in underserved communities.

The last book you read?

Three around the same time were:

  • The Color of Law – a forgotten history of how our government segregated america
  • The Arsenal of Exclusion & Inclusion
  • Powerful – building a culture of freedom and responsibility

Top website in your bookmarks?

Thesaurus.com – Nerdy, I know.