Danny Crump, Layer Studio, p Font Comms

Danny Crump described his new employer as "a radical collective driven by curiosity, rigour, and purpose". Credit: via Font Comms

Crump drafted in for Layer Studio’s new chapter 

Danny Crump has left Broadway Malyan after 12 years and joined Layer as director of urbanism. 

His appointment is part of a shift in what Layer Studio offers, which will see the firm strive to win more strategic projects. 

Operating from its Manchester and Newcastle studios, the new offer will promote a landscape and urbanism approach to larger-scale urban strategies in towns and cities across the UK, whilst continuing to design places that allow people and nature to thrive, according to Layer. 

Crump’s previous projects include Birmingham’s Snow Hill public realm masterplan and Rochdale’s transit-oriented communities programme. 

Matthew Warner, director of Layer Studio, said: “Taking a Landscape+Urbanism approach to projects means we can create authentic, nature-based places that are inclusive and vital, after all it’s the outdoor spaces in our towns and cities that most people experience. 

“Starting with landscape means we create places that have a human focus and are catalysts for positive change for both people and the planet. Danny fits right into this ethos. We’ve known him for a long time and obviously admired his work, so as we enter a new stage of growth at Layer Studio, we’re thrilled to welcome him on board.” 

Crump has become part of a 15-strong team at Layer Studio, whose recent North West projects have included Mayfield Park and the Town Plan for Ramsbottom. 

“Layer is a radical collective driven by curiosity, rigour and purpose,” Crump said. 

“What really attracted me to the business was the studio ethos the team has developed and nurtured. They’ve established a dynamic and creative environment where varied skill sets come together to problem solve.” 

He added: “Layer Studio has an authentic understanding of place and the need to start every project from the ground up with no preconceptions, something which is very much in my DNA.” 

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