Lloyd Helen

Lloyd Helen

London, GB



I am an architectural designer and urbanist currently based in London. I have over three years of professional experience, as both project assistant and project lead.

Prior to moving to London, I spent three years in New York, working at Belmont Freeman Architects before joining the NYC Department of City Planning, assisting as urban designer / city planner in their Manhattan Office. I also worked part-time as Zoning Analyst and Tester at Envelope, a software company spun out of a collaboration between SHoP Architects and the Director of MIT’s Civic Data Design Lab.

My previous employers include Grafton Architects (RIBA Stirling Prize nominees and 2008 WAF World Building of the Year winners), BOLLES-WILSON (under Peter Wilson, 2013 AIA Gold Medal Winner), and also the international firm MADAs.p.a.m., in their Shanghai office.


Key Skills

  • Architectural design
  • Urban design and spatial planning
  • Zoning and data analysis
  • Project management
  • Graphic design and presentation
  • Strategic urbanism
  • Written and verbal communication



FBM Architects, London, Designer

Assisting in the design and planning of a range of residential, educational and commercial work. Currently leading the office's portfolio of projects with IBM.

Dec 2016 - current

NYC Department of City Planning, New York, NY, US, Urban Design / City Planning Intern

Manhattan Office. Assisting in the development of city planning rezoning proposals, neighborhood analyses and site-specific urban design studies.

Jun 2016 - current

Envelope, New York, NY, US, Zoning Analysis Tester

Based out of SHoP Architects, Envelope is a 3D urban mapping platform that enables real estate professionals to visualise opportunity and make faster, smarter, and more discreet investment decisions. Initially brought in for QA testing in the lead-up to their product launch, I also translated complex zoning text into illustrative diagrams for the product team, most of whom were unfamiliar with standard zoning concepts.

Jul 2016 - Oct 2016

Belmont Freeman Architects, New York, NY, US, Staff Architect

Diverse portfolio of institutional, commercial, and residential work, where I managed Department of Design and Construction and private client projects.

Sep 2014 - Jun 2016

Kinlin Rutherfurd Architects PLLC, New York, NY, US, Junior Architect

High-end residential projects. I worked on design development, regulatory submissions, and client presentation material.

Nov 2013 - Sep 2014

Grafton Architects, Dublin, Junior Architect

Multi-award winning firm. Worked on the London School of Economics GCSS and Kingston University New Town Hall (first prize).

Sep 2013 - Oct 2013

BOLLES+WILSON, Muenster, DE, Architectural Assistant

Worked under Peter Wilson, AIA, on projects including: masterplanning of Perugia (Italy), Adidas SportValley, and Spenner Zement HQ (first prize).

Jan 2011 - Aug 2011

MADAs.p.a.m., Shanghai, CN, Architectural Assistant

Internship with international firm, working on projects including Xujuihui Air Promenade (masterplan) and Shanghai Disneyland Metro.

Sep 2010 - Nov 2010


University College Dublin (UCD), Dublin, IE, MArch, Architecture

'The Architecture of Curiosity', based in Glasgow, Scotland.
Exhibited at Bauhaus OPEN, Weimar, Germany. (Aug.-Sep. 2013)

'The Architectural Blog - a study of a new typology in architectural discourse'

Sep 2011 - Aug 2013

The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, DK, MArch, Architecture

[Dept. 3 Erasmus Exchange]
A progressive approach demonstrated the potential that modern technologies can have on architectural design. Studies in plastic and adaptability.

Jan 2012 - Jun 2012

University College Dublin (UCD), Dublin, IE, BArch, Architecture

Entrance Exhibition Scholarship
Bruce Short Prize (best studio project)
EIL Intercultural Award (Irish delegate for 3 week inter-European conference in Germany)

Sep 2007 - Sep 2010


Bauhaus Open 2014 Exhibition, Nomination

Thesis project chosen for exhibition at Bauhaus University, Weimar, Germany.


Bruce Short Prize, 1st Place

Awarded for best design project in UCD (Oporto, Portugal model)


Irish Ambassador, Nomination

Chosen as one of two Irish delegates to participate at an inter-european 3 week youth conference, held in Germany.


UCD Entrance Exhibition, Scholarship

For outstanding achievement in pre-university examinations


Areas of Specialization