Ben Palmer


Ben studied landscape architecture at Edinburgh College of Art, graduating in September 2000. During this time, he participated on the International Course based in the Netherlands at the University of Wageningen. Upon graduation from ECA, Ben joined the Edinburgh Lovejoy office, and became an original member of EDAW Edinburgh four years later when the office was acquired. Ben joined the team at OPEN in 2009.

Ben has significant experience, developing a strategic approach to the design and delivery of major public realm projects such as RBS Gogarburn and Fountainbridge, Edinburgh. Since being part of the original competition team in 2001, Ben has been involved in the redevelopment of Edinburgh's Royal Infirmary in conjunction with Foster and Partners. This involvement continues, with OPEN delivering public realm and landscape associated with the remaining phases.

Having developed a background in public realm, Ben worked on projects further afield in Qatar and Abu Dhabi, developing design codes and concept proposals for streets, spaces and entire districts. Projects included the regeneration of central Doha, and the proposed development of Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi. Both these projects further developed a strategic approach to public realm, which is also demonstrated in a series of studies undertaken for City of Edinburgh Council. These included public realm strategies and urban design studies associated with the implementation of the new tram system.

Since joining OPEN Ben has been involved in several large scale public realm projects, including the creation of a major new public space in Derry ~ Londonderry. The redevelopment of the historic Ebrington Barracks in conjunction with a new iconic footbridge across the River Foyle marked an exciting period in the regeneration of the city which included hosting the UK City of Culture programme of events in 2013. Ebrington Square was central to this, accommodating performances and events for up to 10,000 people. Ben has also been responsible for large scale public realm projects both in the UK and China, and is currently Project Director on the Edinburgh St James and V&A at Dundee projects.

Ben Palmer