Guy Walter knows the importance of putting people first in design, particularly when planning communities. For more than 25 years he has worked throughout North America, the Middle East and Asia, advancing the business case for large-scale planning and urban design that’s culturally, environmentally, economically and socially responsible. Sustainability plays a huge role in his design approach and he responds with solutions for communities in transition – helping them plan and build tomorrow’s livable cities.
Why do we design cities? We don’t design them for airports, or cars, or trains, or hotels. We design them for people – we want people to connect with people and nature.
Part of the B+H Advance Strategy team in Seattle, Guy works with his clients to articulate a clear vision and strategy that responds to each development’s needs, with emphasis on integrating flexible and robust infrastructure and ecosystems. Drawn to explore the complex living systems of our built environments, Guy sees how we can formulate new possibilities for transformative neighbourhoods, mixed-use hubs, and TOD communities to create multi-faceted, experiential developments. Guy is dedicated to finding Smart City solutions that connect people first and remain resilient in the face of challenges that impact the future of our environment and everyone living in it. For Guy, smarter solutions are holistic solutions with long-term economic and social capital returns.
Guy offers his global experience to inspire local and regional solutions. Since joining B+H in 2008, he’s brought expertise to the design of sustainable water management systems and open space/landscape systems for healthcare, hospitality, residential, major mixed-use developments and new cities. Guy approaches every project with an integrated and collaborative approach to find buildable solutions for concepts, visions, and goals with the objective to break down barriers and bring people together from all backgrounds, experiences, and cultures.