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Planning for the public good

About

Public Practice is placing a new generation of planners within local government to shape places for the public good. It will build the public sector’s capacity to deliver homes and growth, make better places, and share skills and knowledge across authorities.

HOW WE WORK
Public Practice acts as a broker, selecting outstanding Associates and matching them to Authorities in need of additional planning and placemaking expertise. As a not-for-profit social enterprise, it offers Authorities a cost-effective model to build the public sector’s capacity over the longer-term. As a placement programme, it gives Associates unique place-based roles to deliver change on the ground, alongside industry-leading training and development. And as a network of leading planning practitioners, it seeks to build a body of collective knowledge and research to be shared across the sector.

OUR OFFER

AUTHORITIES
Public Practice offers access to a new pool of talent at a significantly lower cost than recruitment agencies, as well as opportunities for learning, networking, and sharing collective knowledge. Authorities interested in hosting a placement are supported by Public Practice to define the role and select an Associate from shortlisted candidates. Authorities employ Associates on one year fixed-term contracts, or secondments from their existing employers, for salaries of between £30,000 – £50,000. Authorities may be local or city government, combined authorities, development corporations, or publicly-led delivery vehicles.

ASSOCIATES
Public Practice offers a unique and prestigious public sector placement, and the opportunity to be part of a multidisciplinary cohort producing collective research, developing new digital technologies, and receiving high quality training. Associates will be selected through an annual recruitment round. Successful Associates will work in place-based roles within Authorities for 90% of their time, and spend the remaining 10% carrying out collective research and development as a cohort, supported by Public Practice. Associates may be planners, architects, urban designers, landscape architects, regeneration or historic environment experts – or practitioners with backgrounds in other fields, from data science to social sciences. They will typically expected to have a minimum of three years’ experience in practice.

SUPPORTERS
Public Practice offers a platform to invest strategically in improving the speed, certainty and quality of public planning. Supporters’ sponsorship and grant funding will cover the running costs of Public Practice at a programme level, preventing any conflicts of interest. In return, Supporters will be given the opportunity to collaborate on collective research, participate in events, and receive public acknowledgement of their support. Supporters may be government bodies, grant makers, developers or built environment consultants who recognise that good expertise in Local Authorities is essential to bring about good development.

People

ASSOCIATE COHORT ONE:
London and the wider South East, Spring 2018
Jan Ackenhausen
Principal Urban Designer

Jan is an urbanist with a background in sociology and cultural production. Before joining Public Practice, Jan worked as a project manager with the Brussels public planning agency, Perspective, where he was in charge of integrating spaces of work (industry, port activities, and vacant office buildings) with the surrounding urban fabric. Jan will be joining the Design Team as the Principal Urban Designer. In this role, Jan will lead the feasibility and concept development stage of the OPDC’s placemaking projects including public realm, meanwhile use and early activation projects. He will also help to establish a clear approach to design and placemaking for the OPDC, provide design advice on architectural, urban design and landscape design aspects of planning applications and infrastructure projects, and provide advice and support in the preparation of the OPDC’s planning policies related to design and placemaking.

Adam Summerfield
Place Shaping Officer

Adam has an architectural background and experience in placemaking and strategic planning projects. Prior to joining Public Practice, Adam was an Associate at Fluid. In 2017, Adam was elected a NLA NextGen ambassador. In this role he has contributed to current urban thinking through events such as a major design workshop generating ideas to unlock opportunities for public transport sites in outer London Town Centres. Adam will be joining the Place Shaping Team as the Place Shaping Officer. In this role, he will help formulate the place shaping strategy across key priority areas within the Council’s agenda. The role involves formulating urban strategy for priority areas, helping formulate the programme for change delivery within these areas and coordinating projects that emerge as part of the programme. Stakeholder engagement and coordination across various various parts of the Council will be an integral part of the delivery process.

Akil Scafe-Smith
Placemaking Project Officer

Akil is an urban designer and researcher. His research interests concern the socio-spatial dynamics of urban camps and refugee mobility. As an experienced designer Akil has built installations for the London Festival of Architecture and the Architecture Foundation, as well as having delivered a number of public design interventions and participatory design workshops. Akil will be joining the Spatial Planning Service team as Project Officer. In this role, he will be involved in the design and delivery of meanwhile, public realm and cultural projects in the Metropolitan Centre that will contribute towards the delivery of regeneration in the Croydon Growth Zone. Akil will engage with external stakeholders and project partners in the design and delivery of projects and generate enthusiasm for the wider Growth Zone programme and for Croydon in general. And he will help promote the Spatial Planning Service and Placemaking Team’s services and contributing to optimising income generation.

Ione Braddick
Urban Designer

Ione is an architect, educator and volunteer. She worked with Archio as Project Architect and Head of PR for a number of years, leading on the design and delivery of housing schemes. Ione has run engagement and design workshops for the Lewisham Community Land Trust, the London Festival of Architecture and within schools as an RIBA Architecture Ambassador. Ione will be joining the Implementation Team as an Urban Designer. In this role, she will help ensure the design and quality standards set out in the emerging Local Plan. This will include liaising and advising on masterplans, including major growth areas around the Harlow and Gilston Garden Town. Alongside this, Ione will provide design advice for major schemes in the district and will coordinate the newly set up Quality Review Panel.

Ei-Lyn Chia
Urban Designer

Ei-Lyn is an urban designer with a background in architecture and research. Prior to joining Public Practice, she was a project coordinator at Publica where she worked on developing visions, strategies and briefs for regeneration projects. Ei-Lyn will be joining the Planning team as Urban Designer. In this role, she will contribute to the design and management of Opportunity Area Planning Frameworks. This involves developing urban strategies and masterplans for the Thamesmead and Bexley Opportunity Areas; undertaking development capacity studies; planning for transport and social infrastructure to support growth; and providing design advice to developers on area masterplans.

Alpa Depani
Sutton Town Centre Design Associate

Alpa is an architect and artist interested in a built environment that serves communities. Alpa has worked with a range of architectural practices and holds teaching positions at The Cass and the University of Brighton. Most recently Alpa conducted international research into community driven public space, establishing recommendations for London. Alpa will be joining the Housing, Planning and Regeneration Team as the Town Centre Design Associate. In this role, Alpa will be influencing and shaping the future of Sutton’s Town Centre by supporting the vision and design of large-scale sites and exploring meanwhile uses. Alongside this work Alpa will be working on a Public Realm Guide and developing Design Codes for residential development in small sites. Alpa will also promote good design across Sutton Council by reviewing current design services and building in-house design capacity.

Tom Fox
Principal Urban Designer

Tom has a background in architecture, urban design, territorial planning, and environmental activism. Prior to joining Public Practice, Tom worked at Hawkins Brown Architects and Territorial Agency, has taught at Central St Martins and the Architectural Association and held a research fellowship at the Jan van Eyck Academie. Tom works across two Authorities in the Major Projects and Implementation Teams. He is overseeing major residential and employment developments including a new enviro-tech enterprise zone through developing masterplans with key stakeholders and forming guidance that will raise design quality across both Authorities.

Lucia Cerrada Morato
High Density Development Project Manager

Lucia is an architect, urban designer and academic. She has worked in several countries before moving to London to work with the Stirling Prize winning Maccreanor Lavington Architects. She is currently completing a PhD at the Bartlett School of Planning. Lucia will be joining the Place Shaping Team as High Density Development Project Manager. In this role, she will help the Council’s Place Directorate develop best practice guidance for high density development, exploring issues associated with high density development including the delivery of family housing, especially affordable family housing, addressing the need for play space and amenity space, effectively managing waste and enabling and promoting social cohesion.

Jennifer Gutteridge
Design Advisor

Jennifer is an urban planner with an architectural background. She joins Public Practice from Lambeth Council where she was a Principal Urban Design Officer. Jennifer will be joining the Royal Docks team a Design Advisor. In this role she will work on the Enterprise Zone Delivery Plan - which sets out the key themes of Promotion, Connectivity, Place, Economy and Activation – providing particular support on the Place strand, the strategic objective of which is to “transform the quality of place through a ‘Great Estate’ approach, building on the Royal Docks’ unique landscape and heritage.” Among other things, this will involve rethinking the use of the water and how the public realm fits together.

Gwenaël Jerrett
Senior Designer

Gwenaël is an architect with experience working in the UK and France across the residential, sports and education sectors, and a particular interest in housing design and policy. She was previously at Metropolitan Workshop where she led successful mixed-use master planning bids and competitions. Before this she was a partner at Cullinan Studio where she was part of the Housing Sector Group and designed and delivered large housing schemes. Gwenaël joins the LLDC as Senior Designer within the Development Directorate ensuring that high quality design is consistently provided across the organisation. Gwenaël is providing design advice on major planning applications as well as client-side on LLDC developments with a focus on residential schemes, linking to the mayor’s new housing targets and the GLA’s Good Growth Agenda, and looking at new models of affordable homes.

Kathy MacEwen
Principal Urban Designer

Kathy is a town planner with 25 years’ experience. She worked as a planner in Camden and Hackney and started Design Awards in those boroughs, embedding design quality within their planning services. She was Head of Programmes at Design Council Cabe and is now a CABE Built Environment Expert. Kathy will be joining the Housing, Planning & Regulatory Services team as Principal Urban Design Officer. In this role, she will push best design practice in all new developments. Key deliverables will include developing a framework for design review; establishing a best practice portfolio of schemes for the borough; pushing new developers to adhere to the highest design standards; and developing a design award programme.

Rachel Hearn
Principal Urban Designer

Rachel is an architect with experience ranging from designing large residential neighbourhoods to smaller urban infill housing to public realm led masterplans and education facilities. Prior to joining Public Practice, she worked at a number of award winning practices, most recently Stanton Williams, initiated and led a co-housing project and taught at several universities. Rachel will be joining the Neighbourhoods Directorate as Principal Urban Design officer. She will provide design advice on the Borough’s estate regeneration programme, input into a masterplan for Romford, advise on pre-applications for strategic sites, lead on setting up a design review panel and work to embed design into the development management process.

Hannah Lambert
Senior Regeneration Manager

Hannah is an architect with experience working with strategic regeneration. She was previously with the Regional Development Agency in Yorkshire where she was responsible for the delivery of urban development framework strategies and acted as design advisor on new public realm, masterplanning and civic buildings across the region. Hannah will be joining the Regeneration and Planning Team as Senior Regeneration Manager. In this role, Hannah will be working as part of a small team leading the Canning Town and Custom House estate regeneration Programme. This is the first time that Newham have developed its own planning application of this scale. The council hope that Hannah’s involvement will define a final vision for the area, set the standard for design quality of council led schemes as well as delivery by future development partners and speed up the regeneration process through giving certainty to developers.

Hana Loftus
Planning & Special Projects Officer

Hana is co-director of HAT Projects, an award-winning architecture and enabling practice with whom she has delivered civic, cultural and community projects at large and small scales. Hana is an experienced facilitator of co-design processes and other methods of community involvement in design and regeneration. Hana will be joining the Shared Planning Service as a part-time Planning and Special Projects Officer. In this role, Hana will be developing and testing new models of planning and design guidance within rural parish communities which are set to experience high levels of growth and development. She will be working with parish communities to understand their priorities for how new development is integrated, existing examples of good and bad practice, and developing new adopted design guidance for a number of villages with current applications and pre-applications in the pipeline. She will be evaluating the results to establish a process map for delivering effective policy guidance for the district more widely.

Sheeba Shetty
Assistant Urban Designer

Sheeba is an urban designer most recently having worked with the State Urban Development Department as an Urban Planner-Designer at the Directorate of Urban Land Transport (DULT), in Bangalore, India. Here, she built and led the design team and worked on projects pertaining to place-making, transit-oriented developments and street design. Sheeba will join the Urban Design Team as an Assistant Urban Designer. In this role, she will provide design input and advice on a range of projects and schemes from area planning documents to streetscape designs. She will input into urban integration and local connectivity strategies, and support the development of project design principles for a range of projects. Sheeba will also be involved in establishing and implementing design assurance systems for TfL, which will include the establishment of a new protocol on the use of design reviews. Sheeba will work across teams, providing design input to tender briefs for for various TfL led projects.

Sophie Palmer
Design & Delivery Coordinator

Sophie is an architect with experience ranging from designing mixed-use city sites, mapping urban strategies, to master-planning for thousands of homes. Before joining Public Practice she has worked in urban research and in several award winning architecture practices, most recently AHMM; working on mixed-use and residential schemes across London. Sophie will be joining the Growth & Regeneration team as their Design and Delivery Coordinator. In this role she will lead on the OAPF for Erith and Slade Green town centres, forming master-plans and site-specific strategies, as well as securing high quality design on council led regeneration sites, identifying acquisition opportunities in growth areas, and procuring and directing consultants.

Tom Sykes
Projects Design Manager

Tom is an architect interested in the ways that the built environment affects socio-cultural behaviour. Prior to joining Public Practice, Tom was an associate at Burd Haward Architects on a variety of schemes, from infill housing for the London Borough of Camden’s Community Infrastructure Programme, to addressing the nature of landscape for the National Trust, to larger community and housing led schemes on inner city sites. Tom will be joining TfL’s Property Development Team as Projects Design Manager. In this role, he will ensure that the principles of ‘Good Growth by Design’ are followed throughout all projects across London, from establishing the development concept through scheme development and critical decision making, but also to challenge on design excellence. Tom will be responsible for the development and adoption of Property Development’s Design Review Protocol, working closely with the MDAs to advise and guide design decisions within the Property Development department.


Finn Williams
Co-Founder & CEO

Finn Williams is Co-founder and CEO of Public Practice. He previously worked for OMA, General Public Agency, Croydon Council, and the GLA. Finn sits on the Raynsford Review Task Force, PAS Board, RIBA Planning Group, and the ‘Working in the Public Interest’ Advisory Group. He is a Visiting Professor at the Institute of Innovation & Public Purpose, a tutor at the RCA, and was co-curator of the British Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale.

Frederik Weissenborn
Research & Communications Manager

Frederik Weissenborn is Public Practice’s Research and Communications Manager. He previously worked as a Placemaking Strategist for placemaking company, Produce UK, and as Head of Marketing for Sanitov Studio, a design start-up. Frederik holds a PhD in Architecture and an MSc in Advanced Architectural Studies, both from the Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL).

Josh Falconer-Roberts
Programme Designer

Josh Falconer-Roberts is Public Practice’s Programme Designer. He is a social innovator and social entrepreneur. He founded social enterprise, The Middle Ground, to reinvigorate unloved community halls in London and bring a wider range and opportunities to disadvantaged communities. Josh has participated in both the Year Here and School for Social Entrepreneurs Fellowships and is keen to continue to promote innovation as a route to social change

Nikki Linsell
Director of Operations

Nikki Linsell is Public Practice’s Director of Operations. Nikki has previously set-up and ran architectural charities working in the development sector delivering projects in Pakistan, Romania, Bangladesh and Tanzania. Nikki has been a lecturer and studio leader in Architecture at the University of Brighton and Nottingham, and most recently, a strategy consultant for a social impact tech start-up. Nikki is currently writing up an EPSRC funded doctorate on humanitarian design and effective altruism.

Pooja Agrawal
Co-Founder

Pooja Agrawal is Co-founder of Public Practice, and works in the GLA Regeneration Team, overseeing strategy, policy and projects in North West London. She previously worked at Publica, We Made That and Studioilse. Pooja is a trustee of the Museum of Architecture, member of Design South East Review Panel, a mentor at the Stephen Lawrence Trust, and a regular guest tutor at architecture universities.


Danna Walker
Trustee

Danna Walker is the founder and director of Built By Us - a social enterprise, a charity Trustee for Public Practice, and an elected board member of the Architects Registration Board. Her career spans over 25 years in the construction and built environment sector and has encompassed a variety of roles from electrician, to Architect and strategic projects lead at the Construction Industry Council.She is a diversity and mentoring champion who chaired the RIBA’s Architects for Change Advisory Group for 6 years and founded the innovative FLUID Diversity Mentoring Programme, designed to provide support for practitioners seeking career progression. A finalist in the Precious Awards 2015, which celebrates the achievements of women of colour, Danna champions a more inclusive built environment and construction industry.

Jules Pipe
Chair

Jules Pipe is the Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills. He is working on key priorities for the Mayor, including: major regeneration projects across the capital, providing young people and adults with the skills they need for their careers, ensuring London’s infrastructure needs are delivered to benefit all Londoners, and leading on revising the London Plan. Jules has unrivalled knowledge of London government, becoming the first directly elected mayor of Hackney in 2002 and serving as Chair of London Councils from June 2010 to July 2016.

Lucy Musgrave
Trustee

Lucy Musgrave is the founding director of Publica, a London-based practice that specialises in strategies and design for public space, urban design and masterplanning. Over a 25-year career, Lucy has played a key advisory role in policy recommendations, strategic planning and the advocacy of design quality. She is currently a Mayor’s Design Advocate and sits on the Mayor’s Night Time Commission and the Sounding Board for the Mayor’s Public London Charter. Lucy is a member of the Barbican Centre 
Board and the National Infrastructure Commission's Shadow Design Group and Expert Advisory Group. Lucy is regularly invited to sit on the jury for International Design Competitions, including for the new Centre for Music, the Museum of London West Smithfield and the Illuminated River. Lucy is a co-author Design and Landscape for People: New Approaches to Renewal. She was previously Director of the Architecture Foundation.

Sarah Cary
Trustee

Sarah Cary is the Executive Director for Regeneration and Environment at Enfield Council. Sarah leads services that are central to Enfield residents’ quality of life, such as waste collection, recycling, street cleaning, building control and planning. She is also responsible for Enfield’s longer-term development plans: the team is well underway with the regeneration of Ponders End, and has ambitious plans for Meridian Water, which aims to bring 10,000 new homes and thousands of jobs to the borough. Sarah has a PhD in town planning and was previously at British Land, where she worked in the development team on major projects such as Regents Place, The Leadenhall Building (“Cheesegrater”), Canada Water, and Glasgow Fort before becoming Head of Sustainable Places with responsibility for environmental and social matters across the company.

Vincent Lacovara
Trustee

Vincent Lacovara is an architect, urban designer and planner. He has worked in the planning department at Croydon Council since 2003 and leads on masterplans, public realm projects, the design and heritage aspects of planning and Croydon Place Review Panel. He co-founded AOC architects where he was a director until 2014. He is one of the Mayor of London’s Design Advocates and member of several design review panels. He has taught widely, and was Louis I. Khan Visiting Professor at Yale School of Architecture. He was winner of the 2017 Alan Cherry Award for Placemaking.

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AUTHORITIES
Public Practice will be inviting expressions of interest from Authorities for the 2019/20 Placement Programme from 1 October 2018. Please contact us before then if you are interested in finding out more.

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