Ruaraidh Horton

Senior Consultant

0161 359 5684

I am an urban designer/planner with more than four years’ experience working on international urban development projects. Before joining LDA Design, I was at a multi-disciplinary design practice working on high-profile projects from Europe to South America, most noticeably the Central American and Caribbean Games Legacy Plan in Panama.

My studies, combined with my travel experience, have made me resourceful and given me a broad perspective. I believe in fresh thinking that isn’t commonplace, implementing ideas with simple design elements to communicate authenticity.

I joined LDA’s Manchester studio in early 2021, and am currently working on a range of public realm and regeneration projects across the north of England.

In my spare time I tend to read, cook, watch movies, play sports and go on city breaks.

Q&A


The last book I read was ...

I am currently reading ‘Range’ by David Epstein – I thoroughly recommend it.

Who has inspired me?

Enrique Penalosa, the Mayor of Bogota. He became well known for promoting cycling over car use, introducing Ciclovías (cycle highways) and car-free day. He said: “A cycleway is a symbol that shows that a citizen on a $30 bicycle is equally important as a citizen in a $30,000 car.”

My favourite plan ...

The world’s first ‘ichnographic’ map of the city of Imola in 1502 by Da Vinci. As if we needed another reason to appreciate Leonardo Da Vinci – he was able to produce a technically precise map using ‘oblique perspective’, using a hodometer and magnetic compass (which of course he invented!). I like it because it simply captures the spatial relationships and the true proportions of a place at such a time when technology was not advanced in this field.

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