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John Latto

Associate Professor of Practice, UG Programme Director, Programme Director MSc International Professional Practice


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Personal profile

John has an International and UK practice background, with over 25 years practice experience as a Design 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 firstly at Coventry University, where he was a member of the Steering Board responsible for the formation of the Architecture undergraduate and post graduate courses, together with supporting RIBA validation. He has also been engaged in studio teaching here at XJTLU since 2018, until joining the team in a full time role. In 2021, John was appointed Programme Director for undergraduate studies in BEng Architecture and later in 2022, the Programme Director for the newly developed MSc International Professional Practice (MIPP) due to take the first intake of students in September 2024. He 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, 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


2022 - current: Associate Professor of Practice; XJTLU

2021 - 2022: Assistant Professor of Practice; XJTLU

2020-2021 - Teaching Fellow; 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

ARC102 - Small Scale Architectural Buildings

ARC105 - Small Space Design

ARC101 - Design Thinking and Articulation

ARC002 - Architectural Representation and Communication

ARC001 - Introduction to Architecture and Visual Culture

ARC201 - Environmental Design and Sustainability

ARC204 - Small Urban Buildings

ARC205 - Design Studio (MC)

ARC304 - Design Studio Final Year Project

ARC305 - Small and Medium Scale Buildings

ARC306 - Introduction to Professional Practice (MC)

ARC402 - Advanced Professional Practice (MC)


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 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

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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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