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John Latto

Associate Professor of Practice, UG Programme Director


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Personal profile

Personal profile

John has an excellent International and UK practice background, with over 25 years practice experience as a Director, developing a specialism in health and social care design in the UK. He has led numerous significant projects from their strategic and conceptual stages, through to successful realisation.He strongly advocates that our built environment has a positive impact on our well-being and health, together with how it can enhance the human experience. Achieving a high quality of design, where the individual is placed at the core, has always been a focus of his work, with much of this work following evidence based principles.In parallel to professional practice, John has been teaching Architecture since 2009 at Coventry University and was a member of the Steering Board responsible for the formation of the Architecture undergraduate course, together with supporting RIBA validation. He has also been supporting studio teaching here at XJTLU since 2018, until joining the team in a full time role.John was elected in 2020 to the China Chapter Council of the RIBA and is the Education Sub-Committee Lead. In addition he is a member of the Architects For Health, a sub-group of the Royal Institute of Architects, which focuses on the promotion of research, study and application of design qualities, in health facilities and Cities.

Research interests

Contemporary Professional Practice

Healthcare Environments

Design for Health and Well-being

Body + Space


1994-2017 - Practice Director - Design Büro Architects (UK)

2009-2016 - Visiting Lecturer - Coventry University

2016-2018 - Design Studio Tutor - Coventry University

2018-2020 - Design Studio Tutor - XJTLU

2010-present - Design Director- Square One Design Consultants


2021 - ongoing Assistant Professor in Architecture

2020-2021 - Teaching Fellow in Architectural Design; XJTLU

2019-2020 - Design Studio Tutor (Part time) XJTLU - Year 1 and 2 Design Modules

2018-2019 - Design Studio Tutor (Part time) XJTLU - Year 1 and 2 Design Modules

2016-2018 - Lecturer (Part time) Coventry University, Dept of Architecture - Year 1 to 3 Design Modules

2009-2016 - Visiting Reviewer / Lecturer; Coventry University, Dept of Architecture - Year 1 to 3 Design Modules

2020/21 - Year 4 Coordinator

ARC205 - Design Studio

ARC304 - Design Studio Final Year Project

ARC102 - Ambiguous Boundaries

ARC105 - Small Space Design

ARC101 - Design Thinking and Articulation

ARC002 - Architectural Representation and Communication

ARC001 - Introduction to Architecture and Visual Culture

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Bsc (Arch) - University of Dundee / Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art

B Arch (Hons) (First Class) - University of Dundee / Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art

External positions

RIBA China Chapter Committee Member

RIBA China Chapter Education Sub-Committee Chair

Registered Architect (UK), ARB, Architects Registration Board

Associate Member, Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS)

Chartered Architect, Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)

Person Types

  • Staff


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