Photo of Derrick HartleyDerrick Hartley is Director of GDL and an architect/planner with over 35 years experience in the UK, North Africa and the Gulf States. He worked for a district council in Surrey as Local Plans Officer and then with WS Atkins in Epsom as a senior urban planner becoming a Technical Director responsible for urban planning work.

During the 1990s he ran the Muscat office of WS Atkins as Resident Director and then more recently became a Director of Shankland Cox in the UAE before returning to the UK to set up Garsdale Design with Barbara Hartley.

He has specialist skills in urban design and urban and regional planning and is responsible for our international projects. He also teaches part-time at Liverpool and Manchester Universities.