Lawrie is a strategic planner, urban designer and architect with experience in strategic regional and city planning, international development, urban and building design. Lawrie co-founded Happold Consulting in 2006 where he is Head of Strategic Planning, leading on multidisciplinary city-regional planning, urban development and infrastructure projects. His current project and research work focuses on helping cities develop and deliver integrated emerging strategies to address economic transition, urban population change, infrastructure resilience and financial efficiency.
His work has included leading HC teams for the 20 year strategic plan for Detroit, USA; Berezniki Solikamsk Usolye Region Masterplan, Russia; Realignment of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Post mining rainforest restoration in Papua Indonesia, King Abdullah Research City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KA-CARE); the Masterplan Framework for King Khaled International Airport City in Riyadh; the Hercogiste Eco City project in Latvia and the Gothenburg River City Regeneration project in Sweden as well as other new city projects in the Middle East, Asia and Europe.
Prior to joining Happold Consulting, Lawrie trained at Cambridge University Architecture Department and gained experience in architecture, urban design and international development working in London, Sarajevo, Prague, and Budapest. Working with Allies and Morrison Architects in London, Lawrie was project architect for the King’s Cross central development, London’s largest central city regeneration project creating a major new transport and employment hub. In Bosnia, Lawrie led integrated refugee return teams focusing on post war reconstruction and socio-economic development.