Diane Flett


Diane is a chartered architect with particular interests in urbanism , placemaking and participative design. She studied architecture at the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture in Aberdeen, graduating MSc in Advanced Architectural Studies(dist) in 1996.

Prior to joining OPEN at the start of 2010, Diane was an architect and urban designer at AECOM Design + Planning (formerly EDAW plc), where she worked for four years alongside other members of the OPEN team. Previously she worked in private architectural practice and for a community design service providing free architectural services to community groups in deprived areas.

This mix of architecture and urban design has ensured a wide and varied project experience from the preparation of large scale masterplans and regeneration strategies to the management of architectural projects, including historic buildings and new build, from design conception through to site completion.

The main focus of her work at OPEN is masterplanning, urban design and regeneration strategies, most recently on the masterplan for Scotland’s National Showground, Ingliston. This project will see the redevelopment of the Showground, its extension, and provision of new world class facilities to cater for up to 2 million visitors per year. Diane is also involved in the redevelopment of the historic Ebrington Barracks in Derry~Londonderry and numerous residentially led masterplans.

Diane recognises the significance of a creative, focussed approach to design aspiring to create desirable, efficient and sustainable places and firmly believes that good design can transform peoples lives. Her work has also included the delivery of Design Awareness training to local authority planning and development control departments.

Diane Flett