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Glenn Howells

Glenn founded Howells in 1990 at the Custard Factory in Digbeth, Birmingham and set about finding work through some spirited design competition entries until they struck lucky with a commission for a new arts centre in Hereford and built the practice up from there.

Since then, Glenn has influenced some of the UK’s most complex and ambitious regeneration projects and been particularly influential in shaping regional cities including Birmingham and large areas of East London. Leading on numerous major design competitions and some of our award-winning projects across all sectors, including Savill Building, London City Island, English National Ballet HQ and HS2.

Glenn is focused on creating an inspiring environment to work and on the personal development of his team and the next generation of designers so they can fulfil their potential. He is widely published and frequently lectures on architecture, alongside teaching in many schools of architecture including Birmingham City University where he is Visiting Professor.

Glenn actively encourages design debate and Howells has been in its own creative space and gallery in Digbeth since 2002, providing a place for people to come together and discuss how to create better cities and buildings to meet future challenges affecting Birmingham and the West Midlands.

Glenn is particularly interested in the power of culture to create interesting places to live and work and outside of Howells, he has spent time on several boards for creative and educational organisations and advised government bodies and local authorities. These include Birmingham City Council, RIBA, CABE, University of Warwick, Birmingham City University, Design:Midlands, Ikon Gallery and Birmingham Hippodrome.

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