THE ASSOCIATE PROGRAMME
A programme for mid-career level placemaking professionals who want to work in the public sector. We believe the public sector is the place to be if you want to help create inclusive and sustainable places.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
As an Associate, you are matched with a minimum 12-month job placement at a public sector Authority that suits your unique skills and career ambitions. Most placements are full-time with a salary of £30,000 – £55,000. Alongside your day-to-day work at your Authority, you attend a Learning & Development (L&D) Course to help you get to grips with the basics of working in local government. You'll start your job and the L&D Course together with a cohort of other Associates placed at Authorities around the country, who are all passionate about making everyday places that work for everyone.
WHERE ARE THE PLACEMENTS?
Placements are available in all regions of England. Your location preferences will be taken into account when matching you with a job placement.
WHO CAN BECOME AN ASSOCIATE?
You must have at least three years of relevant professional experience and have the right to work in the UK. We accept applications from candidates with a wide range of built environment professional backgrounds.
WHY JOIN THE PROGRAMME?
The public sector can be a difficult world to navigate. We take the time to understand your strengths and career ambitions so we can demystify the recruitment process and match you with a role where you can have a real positive impact. You'll build confidence in your public sector career journey with practical knowledge from the L&D Course and peer support from a cohort of like-minded professionals.
Watch interviews with our Associates and Alumni below to learn more about how the Associate Programme can be a vital step in your career journey.
HOW TO APPLY
Applications for the Spring 2024 Cohort have now closed. The next round of applications will open in April for job placements beginning in October 2024. Subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date.
Fill in the online application form including your role preferences, eligibility questions, and four long-answer questions. Your CV is checked separately and will not be seen by assessors. All applications will be scored anonymously.
If your application is successful, you will be invited to attend an online Assessment Day. You will be asked to prepare some additional material for this second stage.
If you are successful at the Assessment Day, you will be considered for a job placement. We propose job matches based on your skills and preferences and the Authority's requirements. If you are proposed a match, you will submit a statement of interest for the role.
When you and your Authority accept the proposed match, you will be invited to an interview where you will have the opportunity to ask more questions about the role directly to the people you will be working with.
Confirm your match and receive your employment contract. Once you have agreed your role with your Authority, you will be welcomed to the Public Practice Associate Programme and start your new career in the public sector.
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ASSOCIATES & ALUMNI
To find out more about our Associates and Alumni click on their portraits below.
ANNA LOUISE BRADLEY
ARANZAZU FERNANDEZ RANGEL
CINZIA DE VINCENZIIS
ESRA ABD ELRAHMAN
ISRAEL HURTADO COLA
JESS WOODWARD TANG
JESSICA CARGILL THOMPSON
JORGE ROMAN RODRIGUEZ
KAROLINE DE MENDONCA
KATE JANSEN CASEY
LUCIA CERRADA MORATO
MACARENA PLAZA HELGUERO
NOOR ALIYA JAN-MOHAMED
PETER VAN DER ZWAN
RAUL BIELSA PEREZ
ROSA APPLEBY ALIS
SOPHIE EL NIMR
Strategic Assets Project Manager
Aatique is a versatile professional with a background in architectural design, project management, and property development. With a comprehensive approach to projects, Aatique values purposeful, intuitive, user-centric, and visually appealing design that connects emotionally with end-users while meeting functional requirements.
He actively engages in community-based projects, demonstrating his commitment to making a positive impact through collaboration, continuous learning, and pushing boundaries. By staying curious and bringing new perspectives to the table, Aatique aims to create designs that enhance communities and foster meaningful connections.
Senior Planning Officer (Urban Design)
Abigail is an experienced architect with a focus on residential and community projects. With over six years of practice, she has worked with various clients including charities, housing developers, private clients, and local authorities.
Before joining the Associate Programme, she worked alongside local authorities in London and Bristol, where she contributed to the development of 16 new homes for social rent on a brownfield site in north Bristol.
Abigail strongly believes in the importance of design ambition and quality in creating a positive impact on the built environment and its users. In addition to her architectural work, she is a design tutor at the Welsh School of Architecture and a guest reviewer at the University of Bath, allowing her to stay engaged in critical conversations about the built environment.
Abigail is an architect who worked at Buttress Architects, a private practice in Manchester, before becoming an Associate. A keen advocate for the profession, Abigail has been involved with the RIBA since 2015 and has previously held roles on the RIBA National Council as Student Representative (2017–2019) and Co-Vice President of Students/Associates (2019). She maintains a role working within the RIBA Education Development Group involving assessing bursary applications for various funds.
To further her advocacy for the profession, Abigail spent some time as part of the teaching staff at The Manchester School of Architecture between 2021–2022 tutoring 5th year master’s students. In 2019, she was named on the Northern Power Women's Future List, being recognised for her work in making a difference in her community.
Prior to joining Public Practice, Abre was an architect with experience across education, housing and workplace design. He has received a number of awards for his art and architectural practice and his work has been exhibited in the Design Museum in London, The Cube Gallery in Manchester and the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh.
As part of the fourth cohort of Public Practice, Abre took on the role of Urban Design and Development Officer at LB Merton, where he worked on regeneration schemes across the borough. In particular, his role focused on Wimbledon Stadium, the regeneration of three housing estates, Morden town centre regeneration and public realm improvements in Mitcham, Colliers Wood and Wimbledon.
Abre worked with colleagues at Merton, including fellow Alumnus Mark Warren, to develop a small sites toolkit in-house, as well as a character study for the borough with Allies & Morrison and Solidspace. The final SPDs were adopted in 2021.
You can contact Abre via his LinkedIn account.
You can view Abre's Associate Story video here.
Place Shaping Officer
Adam has experience in placemaking and strategic planning projects. Prior to joining Public Practice, Adam was an Associate at Fluid. In 2017, Adam was elected an NLA NextGen ambassador. In this role, he 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.
Part of the first cohort of Public Practice, Adam joined the Place Shaping Team at Westminster City Council as Place Shaping Officer. In this role, he helped to formulate the place-shaping strategy across key priority areas within the Council’s agenda. The role involved formulating an 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 parts of the Council formed an integral part of the delivery process.
You can contact Adam via his LinkedIn account.
Senior Development Management Officer
Adeleh is an urban designer and town planner with a PhD in urban design. With a background in both urban design and teaching, she has extensive knowledge in urban regeneration, design policies, public realm, heritage, and townscape.
Prior to joining the Associate Programme, she worked as a design, heritage, and townscape consultant, where she used her expertise to assist architects in creating design proposals that reflect the unique needs and aspirations of local communities. Throughout her career, she has worked on various public and private-led projects and masterplans.
Outside of work, Adeleh is passionate about building resilient places and promoting feminist cities. She is also dedicated to mentoring and supporting underprivileged communities in the Greater London area.
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, and he has also delivered a number of public design interventions and participatory design workshops.
Part of the first cohort of Public Practice, Akil joined the Spatial Planning Service team in Croydon Council as Project Officer. In this role, he was involved in the design and delivery of meanwhile, public realm and cultural projects in the Metropolitan Centre that contributed towards the delivery of regeneration in the Croydon Growth Zone. Akil engaged with external stakeholders and project partners in the design and delivery of projects and generated enthusiasm for the wider Growth Zone programme and for Croydon in general. He also helped promote the Spatial Planning Service and Placemaking Team’s services and contributed to optimising income generation.
Alastair is an architect with 12 years of experience, most recently as an Associate at Níall McLaughlin Architects, where he was Project Architect on the Stirling Prize 2018 nominated Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre in Oxford. He has experience working across a diversity of scales, ranging from detailing a door handle up to a masterplan for 5000 new homes.
Alastair took on the role of Senior Urban Designer at Camden, where he worked on the Regent’s Park Estate. He concentrated on providing urban design advice to Development Management on major planning applications and pre-applications, as well as providing feasibility work in relation to opportunities at the Regent’s Park Estate within the area covered by the Euston Area Plan, immediately adjacent to works already underway as part of HS2.
Senior Urban Design Officer
Alec is an urban designer and architect with a specialism in masterplanning urban areas and town centres. Prior to joining the Associate Programme, he was an urban designer in private practice, contributing to a range of town centre schemes throughout the midlands and south east. Alec also had extensive experience in community engagement, delivering technical assistance to a range of neighbourhood forums throughout Essex, as well as experience working with the physical regeneration team at the London Legacy Development Corporation.
He was placed as Senior Design Officer in the Place & Infrastructure team at Thurrock Council. In addition to working closely with the Local Plan team, he undertook work to support the leisure & recreation, transport, regeneration, economic development, housing, and development management teams. His main role was to develop design-led visioning and champion design quality throughout the council.
After completing the programme, Alec stayed on in his role at Thurrock and was promoted to Principal Design Officer.
Senior Urban Designer
Alfie is an architect with experience in masterplanning across London, Europe and Malaysia. Most recently at Leonard Design Architects, he led the transformative Guildford Town Centre Masterplan and a future vision diversifying Bluewater shopping centre from destination to town centre. Related to these projects, he ran a series of retail repositioning pieces across a range of commercial portfolios, highlighting the need for adaption, change and futureproofing of retail destinations and town centres. Alfie has also delivered charity schemes in Africa including a sports facility in Liberia and a Nursery School in the deprived Limpopo region of South Africa.
Alfie took on the role of Senior Urban Designer for Westminster City Council as part of the team working on the Oxford Street District – an area benefiting from £150m investment to implement a new vision to establish the district as the nation's greenest, smartest and most sustainable high street. Alfie’s work involved leading key projects within the programme, acting as project manager, producing design reports and ensuring the delivery of major pieces of work.
Alix is an urban designer and strategist with a passion for collaborative placemaking and multidisciplinary design. She has extensive experience in stakeholder and community engagement, with an interest in responsible business, EDI and unlocking social value through collaborative design.
With 15 years of professional experience, Alix has worked on a range of ambitious sustainable and mixed-use projects in the UK and abroad. As an Associate at Studio Egret West, she led complex urban regeneration schemes in London, Birmingham and Sydney, delivering successful planning applications and design guidance, alongside developing strategic visions, frameworks and feasibility studies.
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. Alpa has also conducted international research into community-driven public space, establishing recommendations for London.
Part of the first cohort of Public Practice, Alpa joined the Housing, Planning and Regeneration Team in Sutton Council as the Town Centre Design Associate. In this role, Alpa influenced and shaped 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 worked on a Public Realm Guide and developed Design Codes for residential development in small sites. Alpa also promoted good design across Sutton Council by reviewing current design services and building in-house design capacity.
As a part of the second cohort of Public Practice, Alpa took on the role of Placemaking Lead at Waltham Forest’s Design and Conservation, and their Planning and Regeneration teams helping to deliver the Borough’s growth objectives and cultural ambitions. She led and had key responsibility for the formulation, promotion, implementation and review of urban design projects and other initiatives at a strategic level. She provided specialist professional advice and guidance on all matters relating to urban design and related regeneration activity.
Your can contact Alpa via her LinkedIn account
Senior Project Officer
Aman is an urban designer with a background in masterplanning, landscape design, architecture and research. He studied Regional and Urban Planning Studies at LSE, where his research centred on gentrification and regeneration.
His design approach is based upon a combined understanding of how land use, public realm, and built form influence experiences, economies and sustainability. In his work at Allies and Morrison, he has contributed to the development of integrated transport, public realm, masterplanning and regeneration strategies in international contexts, including a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Amanda is an Urban Designer with a wide-ranging professional and academic background encompassing urban design, sociology, anthropology and sustainability. Prior to joining Public Practice, she worked in the resilient infrastructure team at the London office of the Dutch engineering practice Witteveen+Bos, where she undertook projects at the intersection of urban design, transport, public health and social change. Alongside her work at Witteveen+Bos, Amanda was also part of Peckham Coal Line; a community-led project with the overarching aim of creating a linear park connecting two high streets in South London.
Part of the second cohort of Public Practice, Amanda joined Sevenoaks’ Strategic Planning Policy Team as an Urban Designer, with the aim of developing a design culture and language for Sevenoaks and embedding this into the planning process. Her role involved providing specialist design advice on major schemes; creating a ‘best practice portfolio’ of projects built within the district; developing design training for Officers, Members and Parish Councils; and working with the Economic Development Team and Parish Councils to deliver targeted public realm improvements.
You can contact Amanda via LinkedIn her account.
Amanda Rashid is a project architect with several years experience in the education sector, delivering complex design and build projects giving her a range of strategic, technical and coordination skills as well as strong design abilities. Prior to joining Public Practice, Amanda worked on the Hindu Primary School in Croydon for Cottrell & Vermeulen Architects. Amanda is a founding member of society the SALADS who curate tours of buildings for a growing community of female architects. She has also run workshops in primary schools for the charity Open City and is a RIBA professional mentor for students at South Bank University.
Part of the second cohort of Public Practice, Amanda joined Hounslow as Principal Urban Design Officer supporting to ensure that its ambitious development agenda was delivered to the highest standards, preserving communities and enhancing infrastructure. Her role involved using new digital tools to masterplan the Borough’s two Opportunity Areas; engaging with wider projects to digitise the planning system; coordinating the production of planning briefs for smaller sites, and assisting in managing the ‘Design Hounslow’ Programme including the new Hounslow Design Review Panel.
You can contact Amanda via her LinkedIn account.
Senior Policy & Project Officer
Amanprit is an experienced research and insights professional with over 10 years experience in the real-estate and land-use sector. Most recently she was Senior Manager for Research and Advisory Services for the Urban Land Institute in Europe, where she delivered independent strategic advice to governments, institutions, and companies on a range of urban issues. Previously, Amanprit was a Global Research and Policy Manager at RICS, delivering ground-breaking international research projects. She also led successful global real estate and planning conferences in Sydney and Toronto for academics and practitioners and worked on UN Global Compact engagement.
Joining the GLA’s Infrastructure team as Senior Policy Officer, Armanprit will be working to coordinate and plan the delivery of infrastructure across London. Her role involves researching and developing infrastructure policy recommendations relevant to areas such as decarbonisation, planning system reform, diversity and inclusion and regulatory reform, as well as developing infrastructure data and innovation tools.
Amy is an architect, community organiser, and tutor focusing on the social and political complexities of places and people. Prior to joining Public Practice, Amy was involved in the regeneration of Custom House of the Docklands through a community-council led partnership with PEACH and LB Newham. At muf architecture/art Amy was involved in public realm design, masterplanning, authoring guidance, brief writing, and community engagement.
Part of the second cohort of Public Practice, Amy joined Thurrock’s new Design and Place-Making Team as a Senior Design Officer. Her role involved contributing to the development of Local Plan policy, masterplans, design strategies and development briefs; providing expert design advice for major projects and planning applications; and contributing to a resource library and material for training, including best practice and emerging intelligence from the industry.
You can contact Amy via her LinkedIn account.
Town Centre Capital Project Manager
Andrea is an architect with experience at various scales across multiple sectors including cultural projects, urban regeneration schemes, and developments in historic locations. He has extensive knowledge of algorithmic design and studied innovative urban development, regeneration, and collaborative design during his postgraduate course at Central Saint Martins.
In parallel to his professional career, Andrea has taught design units and workshops on collaborative design and prototyping, urban mapping and algorithmic design at schools in the UK and abroad. Before becoming an Associate, Andrea worked at AL_A where he was involved in a wide range of art, commercial and mixed-use developments, from concept design to construction.
Prior to joining Public Practice, Andrea was an experienced architect who spent 10 years at Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates in London where she led large, high-profile commercial projects in the UK and Europe, before founding her own practice, TURN Architects llp, specialising in residential work. She recently co-founded NoWA (Network of Women in Architecture), which supports, shares knowledge and aims to help give female practitioners a stronger voice.
As part of the fourth cohort of Public Practice, as Regeneration Manager at LB Newham, Andrea played a key role within the borough’s recent housing delivery function, supporting the delivery of well-designed homes for the biggest Council house building programme since the 1970s. Andrea’s work involved developing site briefs, supporting the appointment and management of design teams, helping to develop the Council’s specifications and design standards, and commenting on design proposals as they progress.
You can contact Andrea via her LinkedIn account.
Principal Urban Design Officer
Andrej is an architect with 10 years of experience spanning across a variety of sectors. He has worked in leading roles on office, education and residential developments in London and Jersey, and has taken on senior roles on large scale projects for local practices in Los Angeles. Andrej is a part-time lecturer on the BA (Hons) Architecture course at Norwich University of the Arts. He is passionate about social value with a focus on gender equity and has spent the last 5 years campaigning for the equitable delivery of a Women's Building on the former site of Holloway Prison in London.
Prior to joining Public Practice, Andrew was a co-director of Building BloQs, London’s largest open access workshop. He contributed to the regeneration strategy of Meridian Water in Enfield and coordinated a funding bid for the social enterprise, BloQs. During his studies, he began working for BloQs and was integral in the application for £2.7m as part of the GLA’s London Regeneration Fund (LRF). The project will facilitate the expansion and diversification of BloQs at Meridian Works - a launch project for the Meridian Water regeneration scheme in Enfield.
Part of the second cohort of Public Practice, Andrew joined Enfield as Town Centre Development Manager to implement a Town Centre Action Plan to guide and support the diversification and resilience of the key Town Centres, drawing on best practice as well as identifying opportunities to innovate.
In July 2021, Andrew helped to launch a new space for local businesses to provide outdoor dining on Fountain Island. As well as transforming the area into a social space for residents and visitors, the initiative includes a support scheme to provide participating businesses with essential equipment.
You can contact Andrew via his LinkedIn account.
Principal Urban Design Policy Officer
Anke is an experienced architect who has worked on innovative regeneration projects across London with Stirling prize-winning architectural practices. Before becoming an Associate, she worked on prolific projects such as Saxon Court in King’s Cross and Fish Island Village in Hackney Wick.
In Autumn 2020, she joined the Associate Programme and was placed as Senior Urban Designer at the London Borough of Bexley where she contributed to masterplans surrounding stations along the C2E corridor.
She re-joined the programme in Autumn 2021, becoming Principal Urban Design Policy Officer at the London Borough of Hillingdon. Her role centred around gathering evidence for the new Local Plan, including managing a commission with private sector consultants to update the borough’s townscape and characterisation study.
In addition, she provided architectural advice on major applications, using her proficiency in 2D and 3D software to undertake housing capacity testing for a number of key sites and providing key evidence to uphold the council’s planning decisions. She has brought valuable visualisation skills to her team, developing and presenting design variations in a way that stimulates efficient discussion.
Economic Development Officer
Before joining the Associate Programme, Anna had over 10 years of experience as an architect and urban designer in Germany. She worked at Sauerbruch Hutton in Berlin, where she contributed to the development of Two New Ludgate in London. She later joined ACME in London, leading projects such as the Minories scheme and Swansea Central.
Anna has also taught at prestigious institutions such as the AA, the Technion, and Newcastle University, with a current focus on circular economy principles. Her passions lie in creating practical and sustainable architectural solutions.
Principal Urban Design Officer
Anna is architecturally trained in Australia where she worked primarily on urban mulit-residential developments. In the UK, she has specialised in urban, education-led and community-focused projects. As an Associate at Architecture Initiative, she led the design development of a number of mixed-use urban school projects as well as residential development schemes across London. She has also taught Architectural Design at Monash University and the University of Melbourne. As a researcher, Anna instigated a knowledge-exchange project in 2020 with the Bartlett Real Estate Institute (BREI) at UCL entitled Educating the City: Urban Schools as Social Infrastructure. The research looks at ways to better connect schools to communities and bring together disparate stakeholders.
ANNA LOUISE BRADLEY
Senior Town Centre Project Officer
Anna is an urban strategist and health professional with expertise in programming the built environment. With a multidisciplinary background in urban geography, psychology, statistics, and health, she worked closely with planning offices, city authorities, and grassroots organisations before joining the Associate Programme.
Anna has a strong focus on bridging stakeholders and fostering engagement to achieve collective place management visions. Notably, she has organised workshops, facilitated knowledge exchanges, and led research projects on topics such as active mobility, human-scale design, resilient neighbourhoods, local economy, and gender equity in the city.
She is also passionate about volunteering and has served women, girls, and refugees in various roles in Canada, Europe, and the Middle East.
Prior to joining Public Practice, Anna worked for Sustrans as an embedded Senior Project Officer in the City of Edinburgh Council. Her role included leading on sustainable transport, strategic planning, infrastructure delivery, community engagement and urban regeneration projects. She successfully secured £6million in match funding for ambitious public realm improvements, and helped shape Edinburgh’s CityPlan 2030 to encourage positive future travel choices. Anna has provided consultancy support for the British Army in Cyprus, for Aga Khan Foundation and UN-Habitat projects in Cairo, and for GIZ in Berlin.
Part of the second cohort of Public Practice, Anna joined Epping Forest as an Urban Design Officer. Her role involved providing specialist technical advice on masterplans and planning applications; delivering innovative solutions to masterplanning; preparing design codes that support the creation of high-quality Garden Town communities; and building capacity within the team to deliver the Local Plan’s increased emphasis on design.
Prior to joining Public Practice, Anna-Lisa was a senior architect at Penoyre & Prasad. She worked with residents on the Lancaster West Estate in Kensington and Chelsea, as part of an estate-wide refurbishment following the terrible tragedy of Grenfell Tower. She has experience in designing for education and elderly living, completing the design & delivery of an exemplary high-rise school in the heart of the Olympic Park. Anna-Lisa has been co-leading a Design Think Tank at the London School of Architecture.
Part of the second cohort of Public Practice, Anna-Lisa joined Enfield, as Senior Architect. She was responsible for providing architectural advice and solutions across Enfield’s Property and Housing functions. Her role involved undertaking site analysis, capacity and feasibility studies; developing design briefs; and managing multi-disciplinary design teams to shape the design and quality of the Council’s house building programme and other capital build projects.
You can contact Anna-Lisa via her LinkedIn account.
Town Centre Project Officer
Anne is a project manager and creative producer working across the design, strategy, delivery and evaluation of community placemaking, public realm installation, cultural programming, and landscape activation projects. She has built partnerships across commercial districts, local councils, cultural enterprises, and housing associations to deliver a breadth of work from multi million contracts to small community funded initiatives.
As Town Centre Project Officer at London Borough of Barnet, Anne is supporting the council in its recovery from COVID-19, reimagining the borough’s town centres in a way that puts ‘new localism’ at their heart. Her role involves developing a Vacant Units Strategy, developing business cases to bring projects forward, and working directly with the community to facilitate participation and proactively build relationships with key stakeholders.
Antonio is a public policy professional with 14 years of experience in central government. He has worked on the decarbonisation of homes, increasing housing supply and developing frameworks to drive up social housing quality. Previously, he was team leader at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government responsible for the Energy Performance of Buildings Regulations framework. In 2019, he completed his MSc in Urban Design & City Planning at UCL, with a thesis exploring the relationship between housing density and sociability in the public open spaces of residential developments.
As Sustainability Officer at Hounslow, Antonio is responsible for delivering various projects and initiatives to reduce carbon emissions and environmental impacts from the Council’s properties, operations and residents. This includes providing advice on low carbon technologies, designing zero carbon housing and developing climate change policies.
Principal Urban Designer
Antonio is an architect with experience in masterplans, large urban regeneration schemes and new developments in sensitive locations. He has a master’s in Sustainable Architectural Design, researching the application of cross-laminated timber for high-rise residential buildings. Prior to becoming an Associate, he worked in private practice on a wide range of residential, art, commercial and mixed-use developments.
He was placed as Principal Urban Design Officer at Dacorum Borough Council. During his placement, he worked on the new Hemel Place Strategy and the establishment of the Hemel Place Board. The Hemel Place Strategy comprises ten key themes, including a ‘meanwhile’ strategy that will help test ideas, generate opportunities and gather feedback from the local community.
As part of the strategy, Antonio contributed to more specific work on the town centre, aiming to deliver more cultural and leisure facilities, generate new opportunities for businesses and provide a vibrant housing mix. He also worked on the submission of a Levelling Up Fund 2 bid application that focussed on a series of public realm interventions to restructure the shape, look and feel of Hemel Town Centre.
ARANZAZU FERNANDEZ RANGEL
Prior to joining Public Practice, Aranzazu was a design professional with a background in architecture, public realm design and psychotherapy. She has worked with muf architecture/art for over a decade, delivering public realm projects and strategies to improve everyday places and empower communities through participatory design processes. She has led diverse, collaborative project teams, which have included: Local Authorities, TfL, GLA, Historic England, NHS Trusts, The Church of England, cultural organisations, artists, makers, contractors, and community representatives.
As part of the fourth cohort of Public Practice, Aranzazu focused on the ‘Meanwhile Uses for All’ project which encourages activities on temporarily vacant or underused sites that bring together existing and new residents in activities to build a cohesive community. Aranzazu's role involves researching existing arrangements of meanwhile uses in the borough and developing a strategy and management framework for Council-owned assets, including expanding the digital platform linking users with assets and setting up pilot projects.
You can contact Aranzazu via her LinkedIn account.
Prior to joining Public Practice, Archie Bashford was a landscape architect, most recently at Levitt Bernstein, where he worked in a multidisciplinary environment collaborating with architects and urban designers across education, extra-care, and affordable housing projects.
As part of the fourth cohort of Public Practice at Thurrock Council, Archie promoted good placemaking across the borough through the development of Local Plan policy, masterplans, development briefs, ‘Place Documents’ and a Public Realm Design Guide. He also provided specialist design advice for major projects and planning applications, and worked with the Thurrock Design Review Panel to improve the design of schemes.
You can contact Archie via his LinkedIn account.
Regeneration Engagement Lead
Arman is a cultural practitioner with a degree in Anthropology and a Masters in Urban Studies. His MSc dissertation explored the possibilities that meanwhile space offers for communities and grassroots culture, with a particular focus on improving cultural and meanwhile space policy to better facilitate community participation and empowerment. Following this, Arman co-founded art and architecture studio People’s Place. He is also co-founder and editor of EYESORE, a print magazine and events programme about cities and architecture.
At Enfield, Arman is playing a key role in defining how Enfield engages and involves residents, businesses, politicians and other stakeholders in new estate renewal projects, initially focusing on the Joyce and Snells estate – Enfield’s flagship regeneration scheme in one of the poorest parts of London.
Ashleigh is an Architect, with a background in strategic and community-led regeneration. Prior to joining Public Practice, he worked at the GLA to develop cross borough regeneration initiatives to align with the London Plan. In this role, he also supported recipients of the Good Growth Fund and CrowdFund London to deliver both capital and revenue funded projects in alignment with the Mayor’s Good Growth by Design programme. He has also worked for Erect Architecture, delivering public realm, architectural and landscape projects with local authorities, national charities, schools, housing associations, and community groups.
Part of the second cohort of Public Practice, Ashleigh joined Barnet as a Town Centres Investment Manager. He worked closely with Council officers, local businesses, community groups, developers and other levels of government to develop and deliver strategies combining economic, social and physical interventions across Barnet’s town centres.
Urban Design Principal
Azhar is an experienced architect with a strong background in working with both private and public sector clients. Before becoming an Associate, he worked on projects of various scales and types, including city centre residential schemes and refurbishment projects for public bodies. He believes in the power of good design to transform and revitalize communities, and he is eager to continue doing so in a public context.
In addition to his architectural work, Azhar is also a dedicated youth worker, with a passion for working with disadvantaged communities. He has conducted research on the relationship between architecture and politics, specifically focusing on case studies in Croydon and Zanzibar.
Town Centre Senior Project Officer
Azul is an architect, urban designer, and researcher, with particular expertise in participatory design, community engagement, and placemaking. She has experience coordinating multidisciplinary and multicultural teams in the public, private, and third sectors, including at the Council of Quito where she led a team responsible for cultural interventions and rehabilitation projects for public spaces in the city and with the Council of Mexico City where she conducted research into public spaces within marginalised neighbourhoods.
As Town Centre Senior Project Officer for LB Barnet, Azul has joined a newly formed Skills, Employment and Economic Development Team who are responding to the impact of COVID-19, as well as reimagining the borough’s town centres in a way that puts ‘new localism’ at their heart. Azul’s work involves engaging with communities and bringing design capacity to proactively lead the development of assets and scope new projects.
Contact Azul via her LinkedIn profile.
Baldeep is an architect with experience across stages on residential, mixed-use, commercial and retail sectors. She has mentored for the Steven Lawrence Charitable Trust and is a RIBA Architectural Ambassador.
As part of the third cohort of Public Practice, Baldeep took on the role of Urban Design Architect at Haringey, where she focused on strategic regeneration projects and a range of housing delivery projects on multiple sites. Her work involved the coordination and delivery of key physical regeneration projects in Wood Green, and area or site-based design briefs and frameworks for key mixed-use and employment-led sites in South Tottenham and Tottenham Hale.
You can contact Baldeep via her LinkedIn profile
Barnaby is an architect with over 25 years of experience. He has worked as a team director for residential, workplace, education and health developments in London and Manchester. He has led extensive public consultations and worked alongside local authorities to develop strategic documents and local planning policy through his involvement in masterplanning. Prior to becoming an Associate, Barnaby worked in the private sector with a focus on grassroots development and green domestic design.
Senior Urban Design Officer
Becky is an experienced urban designer specialising in estate regeneration and community-led design. With a background in public sector projects, she has led large-scale planning applications, infrastructure strategies, and design codes. She is passionate about collaborating with local communities to create socially sustainable regeneration projects.
Before joining the Associate Programme, she worked in community engagement and co-design, contributing to projects ranging from feasibility studies to 10,000 home masterplans. As an Associate at Karakusevic Carson Architects, Becky led a complex estate regeneration masterplan and the co-design of a new community centre in Toronto, Canada. Prior to this, she worked at the London Legacy Development Corporation, focusing on strategies to protect affordable workspace and industrial heritage in a rapidly regenerating neighbourhood.
Becky's passions lie in delivering equitable and practical outcomes through her design work.
Belinda is a chartered town planner, who has worked in private practice for the past six years, advising on redevelopment potential, preparing planning appeals and managing both large and small planning applications. Working alongside local authorities to achieve planning consents for a range of clients, she negotiated with both clients and planning authorities to improve schemes to create better places for those who will use them.
Part of the second cohort of Public Practice, Belinda joined Sutton as Housing and Planning Advisor. She helped to shape Sutton’s new estate regeneration programme around Sutton Town Centre and produced a draft Affordable Housing SPD. Her role across the Strategic Planning and Housing Regeneration Teams aligned engagement with existing residents with the emerging Northern Gateway Area Action Plan and helped produce a viable delivery strategy for the regeneration of up to five estates.
Prior to joining Public Practice, Ben worked as a Chartered Landscape Architect and associate at Kinnear Landscape Architects. Ben has experience across different scales and types of projects from landscape strategy, to town centre regeneration and parks. He was the Project Landscape Architect on Walthamstow Wetlands, a landscape led and multi-award-winning project that, at 200 Hectares, is a green space of London wide significance. Ben is interested in the many facets of landscape and urban space; how they can connect people, draw upon innate characters of a place and address the urgent urban environmental issues of our time.
Part of the second cohort of Public Practice, Ben joined Epping Forest as Landscape Officer within a new joint implementation team working on Harlow and Gilston Garden Town sites across Epping Forest, Harlow and East Herts Districts, and other strategic sites in Epping Forest District Council’s Local Plan submission.
Senior Urban Design Officer
Beth is a designer with a career that spans from detailed residential buildings and Grade II listed refurbishments, to public exhibitions and housing masterplans. Previously at Openstudio Architects, she was part of the team who won the Homes England ‘Home of 2030’ competition. Her interest in sustainable design led her to collaborate with external consultants to deliver a scheme with excellent performance in terms of daylight, occupant wellbeing, and sustainable materials.
Beth has also worked at Metaphor where she led on the design and delivery of ‘Voice & Vote, Women’s Place in Parliament’, the 2018 temporary exhibition in Westminster Hall. She successfully navigated a complex client organisation and tight budget to mark 100 years of partial women’s suffrage in the UK.
Senior Urban Designer
Bethania is an experienced urban designer and independent researcher, with a background in architecture and sustainable urbanism. Her areas of expertise include masterplanning and specialist design across the higher education, sports, and property development sectors. Earlier in her career, Bethania was a graduate fellow at the Prince’s Foundation, where she researched best practices in urban development and trained in facilitation and community consultation techniques. She holds an MSc in City Design and Social Science from the LSE, and an MA in Research Architecture from Goldsmiths.
Bethania has taken on the role of Senior Urban Designer for Westminster City Council as part of the team working on the Oxford Street District – an area benefiting from £150m investment to implement a new vision to establish the district as the nation's greenest, smartest and most sustainable high street. Bethania’s work involves leading key projects within the programme, acting as project manager, producing design reports and ensuring the delivery of major pieces of work.
Senior Planning Advisor
Blanka is a project manager with a background in urban regeneration and masterplanning, most recently working for London Borough of Hackney as a Senior Delivery Planner. In this role she gained broad experience in procurement, commissioning, managing funding, producing strategic planning guidance, engaging stakeholders and monitoring projects. She has an MsC in Urban Regeneration from UCL’s Bartlett School of Planning, and has Prince2 certification.
As Senior Planning Advisor at London Borough of Richmond and Wandsworth, Blanka is advising on changes to high streets and town centres across both boroughs, exploring opportunities and possibilities for new planning approaches, strategies and interventions. Part of her role is to provide an external face for high street stakeholders, working with the Economic Development team to put together funding bids and building in-house capacity by providing training to colleagues and sharing best practice.
Blazej is an urban designer who has practiced in the Netherlands, Switzerland, Russia and the UK; Before joining Public Practice, Blazej was at Maccreanor Lavington, leading the practice’s work on the masterplans for Old Oak Common (OPDC), Meridian Water (Enfield) and Aylesbury Estate Phase 2 (Southwark). He also had key roles on projects such as Bridge Close (Havering), Brent Cross South (Barnet), Canada Water (Southwark) and Blackfriars Circus (Southwark).
Part of the second cohort of Public Practice, Blazej joined St Albans’ Planning and Building Control Department as Principal Urban Designer. Within this role he provided specialist urban design expertise and capacity on the development briefing, masterplanning and detailed design guidance for a series of major urban extensions and assisted in upskilling established staff on design analysis, critique, policy and management.
Senior Regeneration Officer
Bryony is an architect specialising in housing and regeneration with experience in masterplans ranging from urban densification, to regenerative brownfield and greenfield sites. She gained experience working with developers, public authorities, and housing associations while she was in private practice. Before joining the Associate Programme, she oversaw strategic design for Ebbsfleet Harbour Village, alongside designs for a 1000+ dwelling strategic site in Redbridge.
She was placed as Senior Regeneration officer at the London Borough of Ealing where she acted as client lead for a 20-Minute Neighbourhood Framework for Greenford and Perivale. The report informs spatial policies proposed in the draft Local Plan and defines how the council will deliver its ambition to reimagine high streets and industrial land.
As part of the Area Regeneration team, Bryony led the procurement of a design team, co-ordinated project information across internal departments, and organised the engagement programme with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders. Working collaboratively with her team, she led on defining the council’s approach to delivering 20-Minute Neighbourhood studies in its seven towns and on the brief of a green innovation hub.
Future Workspace Fund Manager
Camilla is a commercial strategist with expertise in leading regeneration and development projects across various property sectors. With a focus on affordable workspace and community connection, she is passionate about creating collaborative commercial spaces. Her extensive experience in operational strategy for commercial developments allows her to understand tenant requirements and the specifications required for successful regeneration projects.
Before becoming an Associate, she managed the redevelopment of a three-acre site in Haringey, transforming it into a thriving creative community and collaborative commercial space. She also provided commercial recommendations for emerging schemes and developed strategic visions for public spaces that generate social value for communities. Her dedication to effective policy development and delivery is evident in her work.
Carmel is an urban designer and researcher with expertise in community-led design. She has worked on several large-scale masterplan projects, as well as a mix of research and small-scale build projects across London, Glasgow and Lisbon, championing engagement with local communities. At the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, Carmel led Our Stockwell, a co-design research project that explored the link between the urban built environment and childhood obesity. Alongside this, Carmel worked extensively on a range of urban design projects at Fletcher Priest Architects including a new town at Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire which was nominated for Architect’s Journal Masterplan of the Year 2018.
Part of the second cohort of Public Practice, Carmel joined GLA’s newly formed Urban Design Team, as an Urban Designer. She contributed to the initiation, design, management and completion of Opportunity Area Planning Frameworks for the capital’s most significant growth locations, she focused on creating a new best practice approach to consultation and engagement for these locations.
Principal Regeneration Officer
Catherine is an architect with experience on design-led, urban residential and place-making schemes as well as infrastructure projects within the rail and energy sectors. In her most recent role at Grimshaw, she also led training talks, initiated a debate series, and mentored others within the practice. Catherine has been involved in charitable build projects for a built suspension bridge in Rwanda and social housing projects in Argentina. She has also led educational projects supporting students interested in construction, design, and the built environment.
At LB Ealing, Catherine has taken on the role of Principal Regeneration Officer, where she is focusing on unlocking opportunities for major redevelopments across a key town centre to help with the council’s economic recovery and renewal. Working across multiple council services and engaging with the community, Catherine is developing a strategy and town centre masterplan, taking developments from feasibility to delivery.
Catherine has a background in architecture, most recently at Asif Khan, where she led the studio's work on the new Museum of London. During her MA, she examined the design legacy of Boris Johnson as Mayor of London, exploring the role of the Mayor as an unintended creative lead. She is interested in housing and housing policy, a concern which has also led her to work as a Street Outreach volunteer for Tower Hamlet and as the Lead Coordinator for Cardiff Action for Single Homeless.
Catherine has taken on the role of Growth Manager at Lewisham where she is responsible for identifying, coordinating and visualising ways in which the borough can optimise sites for development, particularly on public land and with a focus on social housing. She is also supporting planning colleagues with the commissioning and managing of design consultants preparing an innovative Small Sites SPD and on the production of a masterplan for the A21 strategic growth corridor.
Senior Urban Design Officer
Cecily is an urban researcher and designer with a background in architecture. Before becoming an Associate, she was Director at Theatrum Mundi, a centre for research and experimentation in the public culture of cities. Cecily led a number of commissioned studies focusing on the creative industries, local economies, and cultural infrastructure, amplifying the voices of the artists, makers, writers, performers, and communities who are vital to the cultural life of our towns and cities.
She also taught on the MA Cities and Spatial Practices programmes at Central Saint Martins exploring how the crafts of the stage can influence architecture and city-making. Earlier in her career, she worked as an urban designer at Publica where she was responsible for delivering area strategies and public realm design for several key sites in the West End of London.
Infrastructure & Planning Officer
Chloe is an urban planner, most recently for Prior + Partners, where she worked across a range of urban advisory and planning projects, including city centre strategy and visioning work, large-scale urban extensions and brownfield regeneration. She completed her MSc in Spatial Planning at UCL, during which time she gained experience at Tibbalds where she contributed to research for the MHCLG National Design Guide. Outside work, Chloe is an active member of the RTPI London Young Planners committee.
Chloe has joined London Borough of Havering’s new Infrastructure Team where she is involved in reviewing and renewing the Infrastructure Delivery Plan to ensure new projects are well planned, delivered, and monitored. The new team is part of a commitment to deliver infrastructure projects and programmes worth over £600m. Her work also involves reviewing the council’s approach to its Community Infrastructure Levy.
Project Manager – Strategic Projects
Chris is an architect with a diverse academic and professional background. Prior to joining the Associate Programme, he worked in Manchester, London, and Milan for multiple small and medium-sized practices, gaining experience in various project typologies such as residential, retail, office, and transport. He has a strong understanding of architectural principles, construction techniques, and building materials, making him an expert in project management.
Chris is particularly passionate about researching the social impact of development and strives to understand and respond to the needs of communities through meaningful participation and direct engagement.
Ciara Hanson is a Chartered Landscape Architect committed to delivering resilient public realm to inform healthier communities. Central to her approach is utilising green infrastructure to resolve Planning challenges, demonstrated in her transformative approach to Waterloo City Hub whilst at TfL. She led design teams through implementation of award-winning schemes including Bracknell Regeneration and Elephant Park public realm MP2, supported by her technical expertise in SuDS and inclusive design.
Part of the second cohort of Public Practice, Ciara’s role within the newly formed Havering Placemaking team extended across the Council, expanding its in-house ambition to create healthier neighbourhoods by embracing sustainable growth. She informed emerging policy and shaped health impact assessments, alongside carrying out a pre-app advisory role focused on sensitive sites and Regeneration Areas, including the Rainham & Beam Park development.
CINZIA DE VINCENZIIS
Place Shaping Lead
Cinzia is an architect and researcher passionate about housing and regeneration, having completed a PhD thesis focused on the role of neighbourhood regeneration in the city. Through multiple-scale analysis, the research offers tools and methodologies for a regeneration programme of public estates that is integrated into the wider urban fabric.
Her interest in large-scale strategic projects and city-making brought her to Allies and Morrison where she contributed to masterplan and urban design projects, working on strategic mixed-use and industrial-led regeneration schemes as well as public realm and development briefs.
Regeneration Project Manager
Clare is an experienced architect with a wide range of experience across various sectors including mixed-use, residential, healthcare, cultural projects, and education. With a strong focus on delivering development schemes to completion, Clare's expertise extends to both historic and contemporary contexts. Her technical and construction experience contributes to strategic decision-making throughout project cycles.
In addition to her professional work, Clare is passionate about mentoring students and young people. She has participated in mentoring schemes such as the Stephen Lawrence Trust, RIBA Future Architects, and Careers in STEM. Her dedication to mentoring reflects her commitment to fostering the growth and development of aspiring architects and professionals in related fields.
Clarissa is a project architect with experience in leading residential projects for a variety of local authority clients, ranging from small urban infill housing in Newham and Greenwich to larger suburban neighbourhoods with improved public realm in Thurrock and Sutton. Clarissa is an advocate for diversity within the construction industry and promotes the empowerment of people from diverse backgrounds within the profession. She has been a mentor for the FLUID diversity programme and worked with secondary schools to inform students of roles within the construction industry.
Part of the second cohort of Public Practice, Clarissa took the role of Housing Design and Development Officer and assisted Redbridge’s Urban Design, Development Management and Housing teams to take a design-led approach to deliver a new generation of high-quality council housing across a variety of sites including infill developments, vacant garage sites and more significant renewal schemes.
Prior to joining Public Practice, Claudia was an urban practitioner with seven years experience in city development, urban studies and community engagement projects. She had spent the majority of her career in Chile, working in local government in roles including City Housing Director and Head of Regional Environment and Urban Development. In 2019 she completed an MSc. Environment and Sustainable Development at UCL, where she developed collaborative research in Sierra Leone to understand the effect of climate change on local communities in Freetown's informal settlements.
As part of the fourth cohort of Public Practice, Claudia worked in Epping Forest District Council's Policy and Implementation Team to facilitate the negotiation and delivery of the Harlow and Gilston Garden Town Communities. Her role was focused on developing a collaborative and coordinated approach to implementation across the Garden Town partnership, ensuring Garden City principles are at the heart of all developments.
You can contact Claudia via her LinkedIn account.
Colin is an architect and researcher. He completed his Engineering Doctorate at the Centre for Urban Sustainability and Resilience, UCL, where his thesis investigated the secondary lives of building components in a circular economy. He is the winner of the 2020 Flemming Bligaard Award for his work on the use of waste wood to make cross-laminated timber. Prior to his doctorate, Colin was a project architect at Haworth Tompkins, where he worked on award-winning projects for the London Library, the Donmar Warehouse and the Royal College of Art.
At the London Borough of Redbridge, Colin has taken on the role of Infrastructure Coordinator, part of a pioneering London-wide infrastructure coordination service in partnership with the GLA. The service facilitates liaison between developers and infrastructure asset owners to proactively plan, design and construct London’s infrastructure. Working with Planning Policy Team, Colin is playing a key role in providing design advice and coordination, sharing best practice, informing local policy and plans, and researching, developing and implementing innovative infrastructure that reduces disruption and contributes to more liveable, healthy, sustainable and biodiverse places.
Senior Regeneration Officer
Conor is a Part II qualified architectural professional with substantial research experience. Prior to becoming an Associate, he worked in the private sector focusing on strategy, masterplanning, urban design, and infrastructure work, as well as research projects in housing density.
He was placed as Senior Regeneration Officer in the Economic Growth and Area Regeneration Team at the London Borough of Ealing. His role centres around the Future Neighbourhoods 2030 project in Northolt, supporting a more climate resilient public realm for an area of severe climate vulnerability and deprivation. Alongside this work, he contributed to a wider circular economy strategy for the borough.
Principal Design Officer
Dami is an architect specialising in residential and mixed-use architecture. She has a strong interest in how housing and placemaking can contribute to the establishment of vibrant communities. Her masters thesis examined the effect of changing political ideology, economic approaches, and sociocultural preferences on the British housing system.
Before becoming an Associate, Dami worked for London-based private practices across housing and urban regeneration projects for both the public and private sectors. Many of these projects transformed brownfield sites – combining public realm, new homes, and commercial space as a way to revitalise the urban fabric.
Dami was also active in promoting diversity and inclusion in her practice and in the wider profession. She has mentored students through the PoC in Architecture initiative and at the Manchester School of Architecture.
Masterplanning and Delivery Coordinator
Dan is a researcher and certified project manager with experience in urban design, community outreach and artistic programming. Prior to joining Public Practice, he worked on multiple collaborative planning processes to shape small to large scale masterplans and design briefs, created research material and facilitated design workshops for nonprofit and for-profit clients. He has a background in creative writing and producing independent theatre.
Part of the second cohort of Public Practice, Dan joined Ashford Borough Council as Masterplanning and Delivery Coordinator. He led a high profile initiative bringing together multiple stakeholder groups to determine long-term community stewardship of local assets in a major growth area south of Ashford. His role involved developing the Council’s long-term quality placemaking ambitions and he made recommendations for a joined-up approach based on best practices identified in the emerging community management trust for Chilmington Green.
Strategic Programme Manager
Daniel is a communications and placemaking strategist with expertise covering the economic, social and environmental consequences of the built environment. With almost a decade of experience in brand stewardship, Daniel has led programmes of work for large urban realm projects across the UK, including a new cultural quarter in Nottingham and a 6,000-home garden village in Hampshire, as well as delivered communications strategies and campaigns for a number of start-ups, scale-ups and multinational organisations.
He recently completed a master’s at The Bartlett School of Architecture where he undertook rigorous analysis of the built environment’s historic role in shaping cities. The programme catalysed his commitment to addressing urban transformation through the lens of the environmental, racial, spatial and social inequities ingrained in our urban fabric.
Principal Design Officer
Prior to becoming an Associate, David worked in private practice at Aberrant Architecture, an architecture and design practice in London that he co-founded. He has delivered civic, cultural and community projects at a variety of scales and is an experienced facilitator of community involvement in design and regeneration.
Some of his notable projects include the first architecture residency at the V&A Museum, featuring at the Venice Architecture Biennales’ British Pavilion and exhibiting as the guests of honour at DesignTO Festival in Toronto. Aberrant were recipients of a Graham Foundation research grant and wrote Wherever You Find People: The Radical Schools of Oscar Niemeyer, Darcy Ribeiro and Leonel Brizola, published by Park Books.
In addition, David has taught Architecture at Central St Martins and the University of Brighton and is a member of the South Downs National Park’s Design Review Panel.
Creating Active and Healthy Spaces Lead
David is a public health spatial planning practitioner with a background in participatory design and co-production. With over two decades of experience, he has worked with grassroots communities, the public sector, and third sector organisations to address socioeconomic inequality.
His ongoing research focuses on understanding the social and biological pathways through which inequalities are amplified and embedded in the built environment. David is passionate about applying his research and practice to drive positive change in the places where people live, commute, work, and engage in recreational activities. He seeks to collaborate with individuals, families, communities, and organisations to create meaningful transformations in the built environment.
Senior Project Manager (Net Zero)
David is a chartered architect, completing his training in Dublin and London. His experience ranges from small-scale housing and infill projects to large, complex urban regeneration and retrofit projects. David's approach to development and place-shaping is based on a holistic understanding of the needs of stakeholders, which seeks to widen the scope of engagement.
Garden Town Urban Design Officer
Dawa is an architect, most recently at Project Orange, where he worked on a number of projects in Thamesmead for Peabody, including estate regeneration, landscape-led masterplans, green infrastructure strategies and the redevelopment of a derelict Brutalist social club at the heart of the Moorings Estate for which he was project architect. Prior to this, he worked at Citizens Design Bureau on the Sondheim Theatre and Manchester Jewish Museum and in Shanghai on several concept fashion stores. He has tutored at the RCA and other universities and was among the first cohort of students to graduate from the London School of Architecture. His drawings for the Thamesmead Green Infrastructure Strategy were exhibited at the 2020 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.
Dawa has joined Epping Forest District Council as part of the team delivering Harlow and Gilston Garden Town – one of the most exciting and ambitious growth and regeneration projects in the Country. He is providing broad urban design expertise, including providing specialist advice on masterplans and planning applications, working with developers to prepare design codes, and ensuring the Garden Town principles of design quality, open space, and a connection to the landscape, are delivered.
SuDS & Green Infrastructure Officer
Deborah is an experienced civil engineer with a passion for sustainability, community, and water. She has worked both in London and The Philippines – in the water sector, on large scale infrastructure projects, standalone building projects, disaster relief, as well as masterplans both in the UK and abroad. In her most recent role as Associate at AKT II, she led a Sustainability Focus Group in her infrastructure team and is commencing a Masters Degree in this subject in 2021.
Deborah has joined Epping Forest District Council as SuDS and Green Infrastructure Officer within the multidisciplinary Policy and Implementation Team. Her role is focussed on facilitating the negotiation and delivery of Harlow and Gilston Garden Town as well as strategic masterplans for other sites in the Council’s Local Plan. She is providing specialist sustainable drainage and landscape advice, with an emphasis on naturalistic drainage and green infrastructure design strategies that take the opportunity to connect with existing green and blue infrastructure in the District.
Urban Design Officer
Dina is an urban designer and researcher with architectural training and more than 8 years of experience in design, urban research, storytelling and project management. Her approach to placemaking is sensitive, holistic and spans multiple sectors with public and private projects in architecture, urban design, landscape, and heritage preservation strategies delivered in the different contexts of the SWANA region, Europe and Latin America. Alongside this work, she co-leads a graduate-level design unit at the Welsh School of Architecture at Cardiff University.
Prior to joining Public Practice, Dorothee had over 20 years of experience in engineering design and consulting at Arup and Foster + Partners, specialising in public health and environmental water services. In 2017 she established her own water engineering and sustainability consultancy, with a particular interest in the environmental and aesthetic issues of building and infrastructure design. Her expertise also covers sustainability advice and a wide range of sustainability assessment tools.
As part of the fourth cohort of Public Practice, Dorothee took on the role of Infrastructure Coordinator at LB Tower Hamlets, a pioneering new London-wide infrastructure coordination service, in partnership with the GLA. The service facilitates liaison between developers and infrastructure asset owners to proactively plan, design and construct London’s infrastructure. Dorothee is playing a key role in providing design advice and coordination, sharing best practice, informing local policy and plans, and researching, developing and implementing innovative infrastructure that reduces disruption and contributes to more liveable, healthy, sustainable and biodiverse places.
You can contact Dorothee via her LinkedIn account.
Housing Growth Officer
Edward is an architect with an interest in housing design and community-led regeneration projects. Before becoming an Associate, he worked at Karakusevic Carson Architects focussing on the delivery of affordable housing schemes in London. His work has often involved developing innovative design responses to complex, constrained sites. He is a passionate advocate for resident engagement and has worked on a number of co-design schemes to improve existing estates for current residents.
Some of his notable work includes retrofit projects for councils and housing associations, involving the sensitive restoration of listed buildings and office to residential conversion.
Urban Design Officer
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.
Part of the first cohort of Public Practice, Ei-Lyn joined the GLA Planning team as Urban Designer. In this role, she contributed to the design and management of Opportunity Area Planning Frameworks. This involved 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.
Principal Planning Officer
Eleanor is a qualified architect interested in how spaces and people work together, and how design can improve the lived urban experience. Her Master’s thesis interrogated participatory design; its benefits, goals and impact on outcomes. Alongside and following her time in education she has worked at several London based practices, involved in a range of projects from private, multi residential and social housing to commercial and hospitality. In her role as architect she combines skills in design and coordination with project running and enjoying the process of bringing together various agents to develop design and delivery in the built environment. Through Public Practice she is looking to apply these skills in a public context and gain experience of how local authority policy and strategies impact place and people.
Eleanor is an urban designer with a background in architecture. She has extensive experience in placemaking, public realm design, policy development, stakeholder engagement, and research.
Before joining the Associate Programme, Eleanor was a Project Director at Publica Associates, an urban design and public realm practice. She has provided design guidance to both the public and private sectors and has led on various area visions, town-centre strategies, and placemaking strategies, notably in London's West End.
Prior to joining Public Practice, Eleni was an architect and academic with a research focus on urban commons, community empowerment, participation, and urban ecology. Her doctoral dissertation identified catalyzing spatial patterns of resident-led sharing culture practices within urban neighborhoods. Eleni has worked on participatory planning and co-design projects in the US and UK, and has taught on issues of urban ecology and the urban commons at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Sheffield.
As part of the third cohort of Public Practice, Eleni’s role at Newham as Lead Urban Designer included working to develop and deliver an exciting and progressive town centre strategy for Green Street (Upton Park), Forest Gate and East Ham. Her work involved carrying out research and analysis of the existing town centres, leading interactive co-design workshops with the local community and stakeholders, and developing town centre strategies and a strong set of place principles for each town centre to guide future development.
The results of her work can be seen in the Newham High Streets Phase One Report launched in June 2021. One of her key achievements was the development of the Newham Co-create platform, an online space for local residents to engage with and contribute to the regeneration of the town centre following the economic impacts of COVID-19. Read the Practice Note she co-wrote on Digital Engagement Tools to find out more.
You can contact Eleni via her LinkedIn account.
Strategic Regeneration Partnership Manager
Eleri is a trained urban designer and town planner with more than six years of multi-disciplinary experience in the research, policy, and practice of urban development. She has led advice and engagement programmes with developers, designers, and stakeholders on achieving design quality in more than 150 projects. Most recently she was part of the Architecture & Built Environment team at the Design Council, managing their Inclusive Environments programme. She is also a co-founder of Squeezed London, a community-led developer in East London, and teaches design and policy at the University of Westminster.
As Strategic Regeneration Partnership Manager for LB Newham, Eleri oversaw the transition of work from the London Legacy Development Corporation to Newham’s Community Wealth Building & Inclusive Economy directorate. Her role involved working across teams and organisations including with the Mayor of London, neighbouring boroughs and other delivery partners. More broadly, Eleri was involved with developing a wider and more comprehensive strategic narrative of placemaking for the Stratford and Leaway areas, bringing significant improvements to the quality of life of its residents.
Elizabeth is an urban specialist with nearly two decades of experience working on planning, policy and governance issues in cities around the world, most recently as Director of Research and Advisory Services for the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Europe. She holds a Doctorate in Urban Sustainability and Resilience from UCL and has led numerous international research and consultancy projects on urban and regional planning, governance, sustainability and climate change.
Elizabeth has taken on the role of Strategic Development Manager for Meridian Water, Enfield’s flagship £7bn regeneration programme of an 85-hectare site, which the council are developing. Elizabeth is curating and coordinating the production of a suite of strategies including sustainability, smart cities, meanwhile, employment, community engagement and estate management to realise Enfield’s vision for Meridian Water to be the greenest development in London.
Contact Elizabeth via their LinkedIn profile
Prior to joining Public Practice, Ellen practiced as an architect, most recently as a senior associate at DSDHA. Her architectural experience spans public realm design, brief writing and project leading masterplans and new build housing. Acting as masterplan lead in the Central Somers Town Community Investment Programme, she worked with five other practices, developing a dialogue between a multi-headed client and stakeholder group. In 2016, she was awarded a 2-year Research Fellowship in the Built Environment by the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, which investigated how improvements to walking and cycling infrastructure can help improve London’s public realm.
As part of the fourth cohort of Public Practice, Ellen's role at LB Havering involved embedding design across the planning process to ensure that growth and regeneration was of a high quality. She provided urban design input through the Local Plan, the design review process, advising on regeneration initiatives and inputting into strategically important planning applications, including within the Council’s major regeneration areas of Romford Town Centre and Rainham/Beam Park.
You can contact Ellen via her LinkedIn account.
Principal Policy Officer
Eloise is an urban planner specialising in policy development, spatial planning and community engagement. Prior to becoming an Associate, she had wide-reaching international experience working on public sector projects through Arup, including developing Active Design guidelines for the Hong Kong government.
As Principal Policy Officer at the GLA, Eloise was involved in conceptualising the Planning Service's offering at the subregional scale. This included engagement with stakeholders, conceptualising new types of subregional strategies for water, digital and energy, and advocating for a move away from static plans. She helped to shift the team’s approach towards strategies supported by more dynamic tools such as data viewers and implementation toolkits.
Net Zero Carbon Manager
Elzbieta is an architect with multi-sectoral experience in architecture, urban planning, disaster risk reduction, and climate change mitigation and adaptation. Her international experience from the UN-Habitat and engagement with global city networks equipped her with a unique perspective on urban development approaches.
Before becoming an Associate she worked for the UN-Habitat and the Global Network of Civil Society Organisations for Disaster Risk Reduction, and represented these at the World Urban Forum 11 and COP26. During her time in the private sector, she worked on mixed-use and residential schemes, and managed spatial coordination of regeneration masterplans, such as the Brent Cross Town.
Principal Urban Designer
Emily is an architect specialising in housing, community and public projects. In her recent role as a Senior Project Architect at Alison Brooks Architects, she delivered high-quality design-led housing schemes across London and the South East. With a passion for the civic and sociological aspects of architecture and urban design, Emily regularly participates in workshops and events with local community groups and industry organisations. She has conducted research into the formation of social groups and the ways in which people generate a collective sense of ownership and belonging within a diverse urban context.
Principal Urban Design & Heritage Officer
Eoin is an architectural designer with more than twenty years’ experience in residential design. He was the director of the award-winning housing studio at Jestico + Whiles. He has developed expertise in both private and affordable housing, both as part of large scale masterplans and on individual sites, from feasibility appraisals, to detailed design, to construction. He is a keen advocate of ‘street-based’ housing development.
Eoin’s work includes the masterplanning and delivery of the final phases at Greenwich Millennium Village and a complex estate regeneration at New Union Wharf on the Isle of Dogs.
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Senior Engagement Officer
Esra is an architectural designer and researcher, with a focus on community development and engagement. She worked with Age UK Westminster to tackle digital exclusion among vulnerable communities and implemented services to improve living standards together with local stakeholders. She has extensive experience working in the built environment as a researcher and architectural designer. Esra also serves as an Inclusivity Officer on the board of a Community Land Trust (CLT) in Lewisham, working to build affordable housing.
Principal Regeneration Officer
Francis is an urban design consultant with over 15-years experience in architecture, regeneration, research, consultation, strategy and policy. He takes a people-centred and interdisciplinary approach to make places socially, economically and environmentally sustainable. Key pieces of work include capacity studies, options appraisals and businesses cases for regeneration sites, the strategic masterplan for the London Cancer Hub innovation district, and local economic studies such as The Park Royal Atlas for the GLA. He previously worked as an architect for practices in London and Zurich including David Chipperfield, Architects in London and reputable Swiss architecture firms Burkhardt+Partner, and Nägele Twerenbold.
Francis has taken on the role of Principal Regeneration Officer at LB Ealing, with a primary focus on unlocking opportunities for major redevelopments across a key town centre to help with the council’s economic recovery and renewal. Working across multiple council services and engaging with the community, Francis is developing a strategy and town centre masterplan, taking developments from feasibility to delivery.
Fraser is an architect with experience across all stages on a wide variety of projects. These include the delivery of an award-winning visitor centre for a rural museum in Sussex, the restoration of a listed Georgian building in Lewes and designing a new, local authority led visitor centre and station for the world’s oldest electric railway on Brighton’s seafront.
Fraser has taken on the role of Principal Planning Officer at Brighton and Hove, where he is providing specialist expert advice on urban design and place-making, shaping future schemes and working with internal and external stakeholders to have a long-lasting and positive impact on the city. He is advising on a number of planning and development issues, including the emerging Urban Design Framework.
Principal Planning Officer
George is a Chartered Town Planner with over 6 years’ planning consultancy experience. He has a broad experience of planning covering major and minor developments across a variety of sectors, including residential, commercial, leisure and retail. His work has included town centre renewal, community engagement for contentious proposals, and engaging with Local Plan preparation. George is also experienced in undertaking socio-economic assessments for complex major mixed-use developments, and conducting analyses to inform masterplans.
Prior to joining Public Practice, Georgie had been an architectural designer, public realm designer, furniture designer, urbanist, small business owner, journalist, researcher and teacher, exploring the same question of how architecture and cities can serve some conception of "the good life". She was previously director at FACtotum, a practice she co-founded with 4 friends. Georgie teaches BA Architecture at Central St Martins teaching in Studio 2 with Oscar Brito. She is an expert in UK housing cooperatives, having completed a 2 year MPhil on the topic at University of Cambridge, and has a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Oxford.
As part of the fourth cohort of Public Practice, Georgie took on the role of Economic Development Project Officer at LB Enfield, supporting the borough’s Town Centre Action Plans and helping to guide the diversification and resilience of Enfield’s Town Centres. As a key member of the Council’s Economic Development Team, Georgie contributed directly to delivering homes in well-connected neighbourhoods, building the local economy to create a thriving place, and sustaining strong and healthy communities.
You can contact Georgie via her LinkedIn account.
Strategic Planning Project Officer
Gianluca is a community organiser and planner with a master’s in City Planning. He has extensive experience in community consultation, participatory design, and stakeholder engagement with grassroots communities, local authorities, and social justice organisations. His practice is focused on identifying pragmatic and people-focused solutions to issues within the built environment. He has a background in the development and regeneration of community and social infrastructure, fuel and energy poverty policy, and housing policy.
He is passionate about making planning and the built environment accessible to all. His past work focused on supporting communities to influence and affect positive change in their neighbourhoods.
Regeneration Development Officer
Gisselle is an architect with experience working with both public and private clients, most notably within the housing and education sectors. In 2018, she took on a Housing Development Officer role at Tower Hamlets where she helped to maximise the supply of high-quality affordable housing. Gisselle is passionate about diversity and equality within the built environment. She has been involved with numerous education and training programs and worked closely with employers to support young people from disadvantaged backgrounds pursue careers within the sector.
Senior Planning Engagement Officer
Grace is a designer, researcher, and community engagement practitioner with a background in architecture and an MA in Information Experience Design from the Royal College of Art. In her most recent role she worked as Design Champion at The Glass-House Community Led Design, a design charity working with stakeholders to support a collaborative design process. She is also co-founder of Syrup, a creative platform and print magazine which produces socially-motivated projects and events. She is currently working on a project with school children in Hackney to explore their changing area, and has recently completed a project exploring memory in Barking and Dagenham.
Grace’s role as Senior Planning Engagement Officer at Richmond and Wandsworth is focused on helping both Authorities rethink how to meaningfully engage, in particular with communities who are seldom heard and under-represented in the planning process. Acting as the principal point of contact for local organisations and community groups, Grace is leading on the development of creative and inclusive engagement strategies, including for the Local Plans in both boroughs, while also building capacity with the Planning Policy and Design team and advising on best practice.
You can contact Grace via her LinkedIn profile.
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. At Metropolitan Workshop 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.
Part of the first cohort of Public Practice, Gwenaël joined the LLDC as Senior Designer within the Development Directorate. In this role, she ensured that high-quality design was consistently provided across the organisation. Gwenaël provided 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 looked at new models of affordable homes.
Principal Planning Officer
Hafsa is an architect with over ten years of experience. Her main skill and passion lies in the strategic and conceptual development of large-scale projects, with an emphasis on housing. Her interest lies in the spaces between buildings, providing places for communities to thrive, and using storytelling to communicate visions as well as understand what stakeholders need.
Before becoming an Associate, Hafsa worked in private architectural practice where she was responsible for several mixed-use schemes in London, the South West, and Madrid. Alongside this, she also taught as a part-time teaching fellow at the University of Bath.
Hafsa has a degree in advanced energy and environmental studies from the Centre for Alternative Technology, and she ensures that any place she works on responds directly to its climatic environment as well as its societal one.
Planning and 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.
Part of the first cohort of Public Practice, Hana joined the Shared Planning Service in South Cambs District Council as a part-time Planning and Special Projects Officer. In this role, she developed and tested new models of planning and design guidance within rural parish communities which are set to experience high levels of growth and development. She worked with parish communities to understand their priorities for how new development is integrated, existing examples of good and bad practice, and developed new adopted design guidance for a number of villages with current applications and pre-applications in the pipeline. She evaluated the results to establish a process map for delivering effective policy guidance for the district more widely.
Head of Strategic Planning
Hannah is a chartered town planner with expertise in planning policy, design, and delivery. Before becoming an Associate, she worked on major developments across London and the South East on both the consultancy and client side, including strategic brownfield, greenfield, and Green Belt projects.
Hannah is dedicated to creating inclusive and balanced communities, with a focus on maximising public and environmental benefits through thoughtful development design. She is a passionate advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the planning industry, serving as a committee member of Women in Planning and founding a Women's Network in her previous workplace to promote greater representation of women.
Senior Regeneration Manager
Hannah is an architect with experience working with strategic regeneration. At the Regional Development Agency in Yorkshire, 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.
Part of the first cohort of Public Practice, Hannah joined the Regeneration and Planning Team in Newham Council as Senior Regeneration Manager. She worked as part of a small team leading the Canning Town and Custom House estate regeneration Programme. This was the first time that Newham had developed its own planning application of this scale. The council hoped that Hannah’s involvement defined a final vision for the area, set the standard for the 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.
Principal Strategy Officer
Hazel is an architect with international experience in architecture, humanitarian shelter and international development. Before joining the Associate Programme, she developed emergency shelter response strategies and provided technical guidance to partner organisations in the third sector. In addition, she worked in private practice as an architect on mixed-use projects and large-scale developments.
Hazel was placed as Principal Strategy Officer at Better Placed, a partnership between the London Boroughs of Lambeth, Lewisham, and Southwark. During her placement, she worked with multiple teams across all three boroughs in local economy, sustainability, and housing. Her role centred on developing the area’s approach to local retrofit, growing the local economy, and ensuring the Climate Action Plan targets could be met.
She contributed to a successful Low Carbon Skills Fund bid for heat decarbonization strategies in council-managed schools in Lambeth, as well as the Retrofit Revolution project for London South Bank University, funded by the European Social Fund.
Helen is an Architect and Passivhaus Certified Designer with experience across residential, workplace, education and urban design projects – ranging from small-scale domestic refurbishments to large urban renewal developments. During her six years as a partner at Cullinan Studio, she gained first-hand experience of cross-disciplinary collaboration and on-site delivery.
Part of the second cohort of Public Practice, Helen took on the role of Development and Design Manager at Newham and played a key role within Newham’s new housing delivery function, supporting the delivery of well-designed homes for the biggest Council house building programme since the 1970s. Her role involved developing site briefs; supporting the appointment and management of design teams; helping to develop and manage the production of the Council’s employer’s requirements, specifications and housing design standards; and commenting on concept to final design proposals as they progress.
You can contact Helen via their LinkedIn account here.
After studying urban development planning and architecture, Helen developed a career across policy, project management, monitoring and evaluation in both public and private settings, gaining almost a decade of experience in roles focused on improving outcomes for people and places.
Following many years working on international projects, Public Practice offered Helen the opportunity to work in and for her home city of London and to bring her technical skills squarely back to placemaking and the built environment. In her placement for the GLA, where she was Infrastructure Data and Innovation Lead, Helen worked in partnership with boroughs, utilities, and digital teams to ensure data and innovation programmes inform strategic planning and drive collaborative working for London's infrastructure.
Helen led two digital projects: London’s Underground Asset Register (LUAR) and the Infrastructure Mapping Application (IMA). LUAR is a pilot project at City Hall funded by the Cabinet Office that brings together data from utilities, transport providers, telecommunications companies, and boroughs to digitally map our below-ground infrastructure. As a champion for data sharing and innovation, Helen’s role also involved influencing the infrastructure sector, bringing together the GLA, central government, regulators and think-tanks to build support for mandating data sharing, as well as speaking at conferences and writing blogs.
She described how her Public Practice placement enabled her to fulfil long-held hopes for the future of our cities: “If the public and private sectors are encouraged to share data in a standard format, councils could plan more strategically, anticipate change, and move towards smart cities – my role at the GLA is a small but meaningful step towards these ambitions.”
Principal Landscape Architect
Helen is a landscape architect with over twenty years of experience working in the public and private sectors on a broad range of landscape projects including public parks, public spaces, schools, estate regeneration and housing. She has experience in working at all stages, taking projects through the planning process, public consultation, the procurement process and working with contractors through the construction period. Helen’s recent projects include two large residential schemes at Wembley, which were completed in early 2021. She worked with a multidisciplinary team to coordinate the landscape design with infrastructure, architecture and engineering on constrained urban sites.
Holly is an architect, joining Public Practice from Morris + Company where she has been a Project Architect on a range of complex, mixed-use briefs. Most recently this has included delivering the award shortlisted Energy hub, a mixed-use building in Elephant and Castle, a new build + renovation of historic buildings for an office development for British Land within the Spitalfields conservation area.
Holly is Senior Urban Designer at Camden, where she is focusing on site identification, appraisal and prioritisation to support the borough’s Small Sites Programme. She is producing detailed design work related to high priority sites and producing site reports in preparation for planning submission.
Digital Transformation Officer
Hope has extensive experience in community work combined with economic development skills in fundraising, planning, and programme administration. Her career spans technology, fashion, and social enterprise, and most recently led her to complete an MSc in Urban Economic Development at The Bartlett Development Planning Unit. Her research focus is on participatory planning and policy, addressing post-pandemic recovery, spatial justice, and developing an economic democracy framework that reimagines London's high streets through the social value of the commons.
Huw Trevorrow has a background in architecture and urban design. Before joining Public Practice, Huw was a Design Advisor for Design South East, where he supported local planning authorities and developers in areas including Brighton, Kent and Kingston upon Thames. Previous to this role he worked for Publica, developing public realm strategies for areas including Westminster and The City of London. He has also worked in architectural practice in London and Brazil.
Part of the second cohort of Public Practice, Huw took on the role of Urban Design Officer and joined Havering's newly formed Placemaking team. His role involved working across the department, providing design advice on strategic planning applications, developing planning guidance, and inputting into council-led development projects. He also provided training for planning officers and councillors, helping to encourage design-led approaches in the planning process.
Ibrahim is an architect with experience leading award-winning projects including the Depot cinema and the Campbeltown Picturehouse. Ibrahim's experience working on historic buildings has developed his interest in the adaptive re-use of existing buildings and he is currently working towards gaining accreditation as a Conservation Architect. Ibrahim is committed to redressing the under-representation of professionals from BAME backgrounds in the built environment through his role as a member of the RIBA's advisory group on EDI, Architects for Change, and through mentoring at the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust and at the University of East London.
As Senior Urban Designer, Ibrahim is embedding a proactive approach to development in Kensington and Chelsea’s Conservation and Design Team by coaching officers and providing training to improve the team’s capability in critiquing projects. He is focusing on larger development proposals in key areas of change, especially Kensal Canalside and Earls Court Opportunity Areas, as well as improving the operation of the borough’s Architectural Appraisal Panel and encouraging community engagement at pre-application stage
Housing Energy & Sustainability Manager
Iona is a chartered mechanical engineer with 6 years of experience across a number of building sectors, scales and countries. She has a background in sustainability and building physics, and specialises in energy strategy and low carbon heat network design for residential buildings and masterplans.
She has a keen focus on sustainable design that maximises social value for the end user and local communities. She is one of the main authors of CIBSE guides AM16: Heat Pump Installations for Multi-unit Residential Buildings and AM17: Heat Pump Installations in Large Non-domestic Buildings.
Urban Design Officer
Prior to joining Public Practice Ione worked at 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.
Part of the first cohort of Public Practice, Ione joined Epping Forest District Council in their Implementation Team as an Urban Designer. In this role, she helped to ensure the design and quality standards set out in the emerging Local Plan were implemented. This included liaising and advising on masterplans, including major growth areas around the Harlow and Gilston Garden Town. Alongside this, Ione provided design advice for major schemes in the district and coordinated the newly set up Quality Review Panel.
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Regeneration Sites Officer
Israel is an architect, spatial designer and community facilitator with a broad range of experience across the UK and Europe. Prior to becoming an Associate, he worked on a series of community-led projects in London, focusing on adaptive reuse of vacant and underused buildings, participatory design, and placemaking. He also contributed to the award-winning London Bridge Station redevelopment project.
As Regeneration Sites Officer at the London Borough of Haringey, Israel used his architectural background to contribute to council-owned (re)development sites across South Tottenham. His role centred around design, engagement, and workspace strategy, in addition to supporting viability, land assembly, and procurement strategies. In particular, he focussed on analysing the council’s approach to direct delivery.
Lead Planning & Design Officer
Issy is an architect with professional experience in the UK, the Netherlands and Australia, working on masterplanning and residential housing projects. In her most recent role at Glenn Howells Architects, Issy worked on a series of projects including initial feasibility studies for the NHS Property Team, a town centre regeneration scheme, and the early stages of a 4,000-home regeneration scheme in London.
Issy was a Sustainability Champion at GHA and helped project teams undertake high-level Whole Life Carbon Assessments and how projects can perform better in the climate emergency.
Principal Urban Designer
Jack is an architect specialising in community-led development and urban design. In his most recent role at PRP Architects, he worked on masterplanning and placemaking projects including proposals for a new neighbourhood and public park homes in Surrey. He was previously a founding director at Heat Island where he led the delivery of a new community teaching kitchen for a Rhyl school in Gospel Oak. Jack is also a board trustee at Forest Community Land Trust based in Waltham Forest, where he leads the community hub – a co-designed vision for a new co-designed community hub project which was a finalist for the Clarion William Sutton Prize.
As Principal Urban Designer for Uttlesford District Council, Jack is working on the new Local Plan and leading on strategic developments – from considering locations, through to masterplanning, and design codes. As design lead, Jack is working with a wide range of stakeholders to embed design quality in Local Plan policies and allocations, design guidance, site masterplans and design codes. He is also providing advice and training to the Development Management team.
Jack is an architect, design tutor, and retrofit coordinator. He co-runs the Manchester-based architecture practice Editional Studio and has been featured in The Architects’ Journal, the Architecture Foundation, and the RIBAJ.
Prior to establishing Editional Studio, he gained experience in large-scale public housing projects while working on the multi-award winning Colville Estate Regeneration in Hackney and Meridian Water in Enfield in his previous role at Karakusevic Carson Architects. In Manchester, he worked on the Great Jackson Street Regeneration Project whilst at Hodder + Partners. Alongside his work, he teaches a second-year design studio at The University of Sheffield.
Tottenham Hale Regeneration Officer
Jacob is an architect with experience in social, private and temporary housing projects. He has expertise in tall buildings, most recently leading and coordinating a multidisciplinary consultant team on the delivery of a large, mix-use development in Brighton. Jacob has contributed to research-led community infrastructure projects focussing on engagement with end users. Alongside this, he co-founded Medium, a dual design and research collective working on projects including a built community infrastructure project in Georgia.
Industrial Sector Manager
James is an experienced Chartered Town Planner, specialising in strategic planning, city visioning, economic development, and regeneration. He has worked extensively across the public and private sector, including a role as Lead Regeneration Officer on secondment to the Borough of Hounslow where he developed an Economic Recovery Strategy, supported town centres impacted by COVID-19, and developed an in-house GIS incident reporting system. Most recently he has been working closely with LB Camden to maximise the economic benefits resulting from the Council retrofitting their housing stock.
As Industrial Sector Manager for LB Enfield, James is playing a key role in delivering the Economic Development Strategy with respect to industrial areas which play a critical part of employment in the borough. His work involves the creation of action plans for priority industrial areas and mobilising staff and resources to deliver these strategies.
Development Enabling Lead
James is an architect with experience across multiple scales and sectors, from private houses to hospitals to landscapes. His master’s thesis examined three current London-based regeneration projects, exploring how the role of the planner has changed in the modern city.
His passion for the technical side of construction grew out of his early career in private residential work and he has been able to apply this understanding to projects with a larger scope. He is an experienced designer, having previously worked as Project Architect at Penoyre & Prasad and Studio Weave, across education, healthcare, workplace and housing projects. Before becoming an Associate, James led the design of a mixed-use residential scheme in East London, taking charge of a complex over station development as well as over 4000m2 of public realm.
Senior Urban Design Officer
James is an architect with broad experience ranging from feasibility to technical design. Most recently working with Kristofer Adelaide Architects, he developed the A.F.R.O House modular housing concept, responding to lessons learned from the global pandemic, which was shortlisted for Brick-by-Brick's ‘Housing for a Better World’ competition and HUB White Hat's Architects Pitch. Previously, James worked at Apt where he was responsible for all residential packages on Medius House, a social and intermediate housing project on a tight site in Central London. James is a keen artist and has been a member of Portland Sculpture and Quarry Trust since 2017, helping with their RA 250th celebrations and a new research project linking Portland Stone buildings in London with the quarries and community of Portland.
As Senior Urban Design Officer for Oxford City Council, James has joined the planning service to promote design quality and ensure developments create a positive legacy for the city. He is inputting into major planning applications and pre-applications, as well as shaping the way the team approaches urban design.
Regeneration Project Manager
Jamie is an urban designer with experience in urban strategy, project management, landscape detailing, and public realm design. Most recently with Project Centre, his work has included the design and delivery of a £13m regeneration project in Dartford Town Centre; designing a new public realm at the entrance to Windsor Castle; detailing ‘small-scale big impact’ schemes for a West Ealing Liveable Neighbourhood and project managing multi-disciplinary teams and internal budgets. Drawing on his passion for everyday places, Jamie’s recent Master's research at the University of Westminster focused on participatory placemaking, sustainable local economies, and exploring alternative models for community engagement and inclusivity through the public realm.
As Regeneration Manager for Waltham Forest, Jamie is leading a number of area strategies and capital regeneration projects – ensuring projects deliver expected outcomes and benefits to the Council, its residents and the wider community. His work is focused around the Lea Bridge Strategic Location as identified in the draft Local Plan.
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.
Part of the first cohort of Public Practice, Jan joined the OPDC’s Design Team as Principal Urban Designer. In this role, he led the feasibility and concept development stage of the organisation’s placemaking projects including public realm, meanwhile use and early activation projects. He was also involved in establishing a clear approach to design and placemaking for the OPDC. Jan provided design advice on architectural, urban design and landscape design aspects of planning applications and infrastructure projects, and provided advice and support in the preparation of the OPDC’s planning policies related to design and placemaking.
Area Regeneration Manager
Jane’s early career as an architect was followed by 11 years in government, leading place-making policy and delivery as Head of Design and Sustainability for the Department for Education and Homes England. She directs Design England, offering consulting services to local authorities, working at all levels and across disciplines to build collaborative leadership and enhance the quality of large-scale projects. Jane is an advocate for high-quality design and has acted as Design Review Chair for the London Borough of Hounslow and sat on the Design Review Panel for the London Legacy Development Corporation.
Principal Urban Designer
Jane is an experienced urban designer and qualified Architect with a specialism in master planning and strategic design. Most recently, she has worked on estate regeneration and master planning projects at Levitt Bernstein Architects, and previously at Allies and Morrison on concept design, viability and planning compliance. Outside work, Jane volunteers with Shelter in Kings Cross.
Taking on the role of Principal Urban Designer at Dacorum, Jane is providing design advice from the early stages onward to shape proposals for a series of major planning applications and sites identified through the Local Plan. Central to her work is setting a new benchmark for design quality on major sites following the publication of the council’s draft Strategic Design Guide.
Principal Urban Design Officer
Jay is an interdisciplinary urbanist trained in architecture, urban design, planning, urban sociology, and human geography. He has a PhD in Regional and Urban Planning and is passionate about the connections between planning policy, design, community aspirations and the environment. Prior to becoming an Associate, he worked in a range of urban design roles in the public and private sectors.
Some of his notable achievements include successfully negotiating public interest outcomes from many residential, institutional, mixed-use (re)development projects and writing the evidence base on tall buildings at Lewisham, as well as contributing to Haringey’s Economic Regeneration Policy. He designed and implemented many publicly acclaimed housing, rehabilitation, urban design, conservation projects in Kerala in India, including a UNESCO award-winning project.
Jennifer is an urban planner with an architectural background. She joined Public Practice from Lambeth Council where she was a Principal Urban Design Officer.
Part of the first cohort of Public Practice, Jennifer joined the Royal Docks team at the GLA as Design Advisor. In this role she worked on the Enterprise Zone Delivery Plan — which set out the key themes of Promotion, Connectivity, Place, Economy and Activation – and provided particular support on the Place strand, the strategic objective of which was to “transform the quality of place through a ‘Great Estate’ approach, building on the Royal Docks’ unique landscape and heritage.” Among other things, this involved rethinking the use of the water and how the public realm fits together.
Senior Development Manager
Jennifer is an urban planner with experience in the design and delivery of complex mixed-use projects. She has held a variety of project coordination roles acting for the public sector, consultancies and developers. This has included leading the planning, land and development workstreams for the Former Police Training College in Colindale and the Alton Estate in Wandsworth.
Passionate about sustainable procurement, embedding inclusive leadership and meaningful stakeholder engagement into projects, Jenny was named one of the 2021 Women of Influence by The Planner. She was recognised for her innovative work in founding the voluntary groups, Neurodiversity in Planning and AbilityRE to encourage discussions about disability and inclusion across the built environment sector.
Principal Regeneration Officer
Jenny is a multidisciplinary designer focusing on participatory practice. Prior to becoming an Associate, she worked in design roles across practices in the private sector across education, healthcare, workplace and housing projects. She also completed a master’s in Art and Social Practice, for which she co-created a mobile ‘community-centre’ cart with residents of the Dorset Estate in Bethnal Green.
She was placed as Principal Regeneration Officer in the Regeneration & Place team at the London Borough of Camden. In her role, she led on the Vacant Spaces Programme, including the pilot project on the Hilgrove Estate and creating a replicable delivery plan to bring vacant council-owned assets into use. The project aimed to support healthy, sustainable, and creative neighbourhoods. In addition, Jenny led on Camden’s work for the London Festival of Architecture 2022 in Somers Town, overseeing the design completion and delivery of the project including architectural installations and a cultural programme co-hosted with community groups.
JESS WOODWARD TANG
Jess is a British-born Chinese architect who specialises in community co-designed projects and integrating social and environmental sustainability into her work. She is an active mentor for organisations such as Women in Architecture, Blueprint For All, and The Girls' Network, where she focuses on supporting underrepresented young women in the construction industry.
She has been the project architect on residential and community projects for practices including Studio Gil and Hawkins\Brown. Her experience spans large-scale private housing developments to a social housing scheme for the London Borough of Enfield as part of the wider Joyce and Snell’s state regeneration.
Prior to joining the Associate Programme, she completed the Wolves Lane project in Haringey, which involved the construction of four new buildings for community infrastructure, growing facilities, and teaching spaces. This project, funded by the GLA Good Growth Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund, showcased community-led development using sustainable materials and construction methods.
Transport Strategy Programme Coordinator
Jesse is an urban planner with a background in GIS and affordable housing. Before joining the Associate Programme, she worked at the Chicago Housing Authority, where she designed interactive data-visualisation tools to support decision-making and transparency. Her expertise in leveraging data visualisations and user experience feedback has created more inclusive processes for a wide range of stakeholders.
Jesse is passionate about expanding the inclusivity of active travel and the public realm. She completed a master's degree in City Planning at the University College London, focusing her thesis on the relationship between women's participation in cycling supports and the practice and perception of cycling in London.
JESSICA CARGILL THOMPSON
Prior to joining Public Practice, Jessica was a writer, editor, journalist, urbanist and community engager. Following a career in journalism which included seven years as features/deputy editor of Time Out London and authoring numerous books, she recently undertook an MSc in Urban Studies at UCL. Her research included a joint report into local involvement with Opportunity Area planning, and an independent dissertation on place, identity and regeneration strategies around London's Old Kent Road. Since 2016 she has been running community engagement events around the Old Kent Road, and fundraising to establish an 'urban room' as a permanent hub for the public to interact with planning.
As part of the fourth cohort of Public Practice Jessica joined Waltham Forest's Planning Policy Team as Community Engagement Officer. Her role involved engaging with local residents and other stakeholders to develop an effective communication and engagement strategy for the Local Plan and an issues and options version of a strategic site allocations document. Her role centred on building a strong relationship with stakeholders and acting as a bridge between the Council and the community.
You can contact Jessica via her LinkedIn account.
You can view Jessica's Associate Story video here.
Principal Developer Contributions Officer
Jessica uses her architectural and urban design background to focus on sustainable development. She has extensive experience working with multidisciplinary teams to successfully implement urban design projects. Her expertise goes beyond the design phase, as she has also conducted site analysis, market research, and feasibility studies to inform comprehensive masterplans.
Before joining the Associate Programme, Jessica worked as a town planner in Essex, where she assessed the feasibility of house extensions, and prepared planning applications and statements for planning appeals for residential development.
Principal Urban Design Officer
Joanne has a background in architecture, urban design and architectural history and theory. Prior to joining Public Practice Joanne worked at AR Urbanism, alongside community groups to develop design codes to support their neighbourhood plans. She previously worked at Sarah Wigglesworth Architects and Peter Barber Architects where she contributed to the design and delivery of public realm and social housing projects, the production of a housing design guide for a national housing association and a strategic vision for Ebbsfleet Garden City Development Corporation.
Part of the second cohort of Public Practice, Joanne joined Greater Cambridge Planning Service as Principal Urban Design Officer. Her role sat within the joint planning service’s multi-disciplinary Built and Natural Environment Team and involved working on the masterplan for Northstowe New Town. She supported the development of Cambridge Biomedical Campus and contributed to the design code for an urban extension to the east of Cambridge.
Senior Planning Policy Officer
Joe is a planner with six years of experience in local government development management. In his previous role as Principal Planner at LB Barnet, Joe proactively managed a varied caseload of major and minor planning applications. His expertise includes heritage-led redevelopment, presenting at planning committees, leading conservation area advisory committees, and defending the Council at appeal, including hearings. He generated significant income for the Council by leading on pre-application advice and fast-track planning applications for high-profile developments.
Alongside his work, Joe is a keen volunteer with a focus on young and disadvantaged people.
Senior Planner / Urban Designer
Joe is an architect and the founder of Morizzo & Co. Prior to starting his own practice, Joe worked at various architecture firms including Surface Architects, NORD, Graeme Williamson Architects, vPPR Architects, and Open Practice Architecture. His notable projects include the Gin Distillery in Whitechapel, which received a RIBA London Award and was a finalist for the RIBA House of the Year 2018.
Joe's upbringing in Kingston Upon Hull has influenced his architectural and design interventions, emphasising community inclusion and empowerment. He believes in the power of good design to positively impact people's experiences and advocates for accessible and well-designed spaces for all.
Regeneration Project Manager
Joe is an architect with experience in residential-led mixed-use projects and strategic urban design studies. Before joining the Associate Programme, he worked at Pollard Thomas Edwards on bid-winning concept designs for urban brownfield and town centre regeneration, as well as planning for new settlement masterplans. He has also worked in a Passivhaus-specialist consultancy and in the BIM team for the £330m restoration and refurbishment of Manchester's Grade I listed town hall.
Joe is passionate about the progressive evolution of the architectural profession and design methodologies that make placemaking more accessible to all, including underrepresented communities. He has various voluntary roles as a champion for ArchitectureLGBT+, a grassroots organisation aiming to improve visibility and support for marginalised communities in the construction industry.
John is an architect interested in housing design within the context of the campaign for affordable homes. His research focuses on commuter-belt communities on the periphery of London and he has been developing a self-directed project exploring how strategic infill development can help regenerate these areas. John has been involved in a number of council-led housing development - looking into the pressures in today’s procurement and delivery processes and the positive impact that considered development can have on communities.
Part of the second cohort of Public Practice, John took on the role of Quality and Design Advisor with TFL’s Property Development team. He ensured that the principles of Good Growth by Design were followed-up on a range of housing and mixed-use schemes, from development concept to scheme development. His role also involved coordinating design reviews; helping to deliver in-house training workshops, charrettes and building visits; drafting design policy documents and updating the team’s Design Review Protocol.
You can contact John via his LinkedIn profile.
Johnny is an architect, mostly recently at Herzog & de Meuron, where he contributed to the technical design, coordination and delivery of the practice’s UK projects. Johnny’s previous research project ‘CILVIA’ explored the potentials of interactive digital 3D models in planning, and was developed with the help of planners, game designers, artists and technologists. The project was widely published and exhibited at the Building Centre. Johnny is also a volunteer for the community project Goodgym in Tower Hamlets.
As Urban Designer for Watford Borough Council, Johnny is working with the Borough’s recently commissioned 3D model of the Borough to consider what the potential applications of the model are, how they can use the model to meet the needs of their customers and community, and how it might be commercialised to reduce ongoing costs. He is also exploring how the 3D model may be used to assist in both developing the strategies and masterplans for a number of key regeneration projects and in improving the quality of community engagement relating to these projects.
Jonathan trained in social science, urban design and urban policy at LSE. As an urban researcher, a project manager and consultant, he has worked with a range of built environment organisations in the UK and abroad, including We Made That, Gensler, Arup Foresight Research + Innovation, the Future Cities Catapult, and Bioregional. He is interested in exploring interdisciplinary views of urban development - considering medium to long-term impacts on economic vitality, social inclusion, health and wellbeing, and environmental sustainability.
Part of the second cohort of Public Practice, Jonathan joined Barnet as a Town Centres Investment Manager and worked closely with Council officers, local businesses, community groups, developers and other levels of government. He helped to develop and deliver strategies combining economic, social and physical interventions across Barnet’s town centres.
Prior to joining Public Practice, Jonathan was a transport planner, most recently within Imperial College London’s Transport Strategy Centre where he advised global Public Transport operators on service and operations. While working on transport demand management schemes in Greater Manchester, Jonathan sat on the Manchester Climate Change Board. A large focus of his work has been championing digitising data and using GIS to visualise complex issues.
As part of the fourth cohort of Public Practice, Jonathan took on the role of Infrastructure Coordinator at LB Croydon, part of a pioneering new London-wide infrastructure coordination service, in partnership with the GLA. The service facilitates liaison between developers and infrastructure asset owners to proactively plan, design and construct London’s infrastructure. Jonathan's role involved providing design advice and coordination, sharing best practice and supporting a London-wide community of infrastructure coordinators, informing local policy and plans, and researching, developing and implementing innovative infrastructure that reduces disruption and contributes to more liveable, healthy places.
You can contact Jonathan via his LinkedIn account.
Prior to joining Public Practice, Jonathan was a collaborative project manager with experience in the rail sector, most recently at Network Rail where he managed change projects to ensure minimal disruption to operational railway and the public. He has a background in modern languages and qualifications in programme and project management.
As part of the fourth cohort of Public Practice as an Infrastructure Delivery Officer within the GLA, Jonathan joined the recently established Infrastructure Coordination Team, working on a wide range of projects which support the development of initiatives designed to improve the way in which infrastructure is delivered across London. Jonathan’s role involved working with data and engagement with stakeholders to identify opportunities for infrastructure coordination, as well as ensuring the alignment of initiatives to wider GLA and Mayoral objectives, and monitoring and evaluating the success of initiatives to inform future funding.
You can contact Jonathan via his LinkedIn account.
JORGE ROMAN RODRIGUEZ
Principal Regeneration Officer
Jorge is a project manager with professional architectural experience in a broad range of residential, education, healthcare, public estates and urban planning projects. He is joining Public Practice from Mace, where he contributes coordination, technical and design services to Public Estate's government frameworks. He has also delivered development projects in the third sector, where he fostered an interest in urban resilience – taken further through an MA in Environment and Sustainable Development.
Jorge has taken on the role of Principal Regeneration Officer, playing a key role in shaping and delivering Enfield’s flagship estate renewal project, Joyce and Snells – from masterplanning through to a resident ballot. He is also developing good practice toolkits and in-house coaching to guide Enfield’s future estate regeneration schemes.
Sustainability Project Manager
Joseph is an architect and climate activist. Most recently, he was a project architect at Rock Townsend working on schools and higher education facilities including new-build, extension and retrofit. He helped to develop the office’s approach to sustainable practice as part of a focus group. In 2019 Joe co-founded Architects Climate Action Network (ACAN) in order to help catalyse radical, urgent action in the construction industry. ACAN was built around the values of inclusion, empowerment and collective agency. Alongside this work, he teaches Architecture at Cardiff University where he shares his knowledge of sustainable construction techniques and community engagement.
Joshua is a process-driven designer working across Europe and within various creative sectors. Prior to joining Public Practice, Joshua worked on varying scales and typologies of architectural projects and most notably led the design and renovation of a five-acre site on the Suffolk coastline, to create a contemporary bed and breakfast and viable business. Since its completion, the project has received multiple national awards and was shortlisted for Stephen Lawrence Prize in 2018. Joshua has been a visiting critic at multiple universities and has taught at the Royal College of Art, as part of the Information Experience Design MA.
Part of the second cohort of Public Practice, Joshua joined Redbridge’s Urban Design, Development Management and Planning Policy teams. In his role as Urban Design and Heritage Growth Officer, he took a design-led approach to regeneration and placemaking, whilst ensuring that the Borough’s heritage and important community assets were enhanced.
Design & Planning Officer
Juliet is a chartered planner with a multidisciplinary background in town planning, urban research and urban design. In her most recent role at Savills as an urban designer, she provided design advice to clients on a range of sites – from small scale capacity studies for two to three units, to the masterplanning of a strategic mixed-use garden village of 6000 homes. Prior to this she worked for a non-departmental public body in London, where she gained expertise in environmental and strategic planning. Juliet has been an active events organiser for London Rivers Week, which also inspired her masters design project on daylighting London’s lost urban rivers.
Taking on the role of Design and Planning Officer at Dacorum, Juliet is leading aspects
of design and programme delivery for Hemel Garden Communities (HGC) by providing expert urban design and town planning advice to enable well designed masterplans, policies and guidance. She is also providing Local Plan support to align with HGC’s Spatial Vision Intentions.
Karolina is a planner with experience spanning high-profile and large-scale mixed use schemes, comprehensive neighbourhood studies, and policy development. Over eight years, Karolina was a planner for the City of New York, managing the City’s property portfolio, advising the Manhattan Borough President and leading planning on the west side of Manhattan – with oversight of initiatives around the High Line, Hudson Yards and the Hudson River. Karolina relocated to London in 2017 where she has been part of the Euston Regeneration team at Camden, as Principal Planner charged with policy development, supporting community engagement and formulating a strategy to capture social value.
Joining Enfield as a Principal Planner, Karolina is proactively managing strategic planning applications and acting as lead officer in Development Management on major schemes on behalf of the council. She is working on a range of high profile developments, including town centre schemes, corporate projects and one of the UK’s most ambitious new neighbourhoods – Meridian Water.
KAROLINE DE MENDONCA
Karoline de Mendonca is an architectural professional with 11 years of experience working in London, Sydney, Brisbane, Ahmedabad, and Sao Paulo. She has worked on projects ranging from multi-million-pound corporate fit-outs to a small pre-school in the Tekra slum in Ahmedabad, India. Her interests and expertise are in the understanding of heritage and character in placemaking, holding a Masters in Building History from the University of Cambridge.
Karoline joined Richmond and Wandsworth as Conservation & Urban Design Specialist, where she is focusing on promoting a proactive approach to placemaking, conservation and urban design across the Planning Service. Alongside building capacity through training, Karoline is updating the conservation areas appraisal and studies, developing borough-wide urban design studies incorporating tall buildings guidance, and contributing to a Masterplan SPD for Wandsworth Central involving industrial intensification.
Programme & Partnership Manager
Kate has 12 years of experience working in regeneration and communities, most recently as Community Asset Manager for Clarion Housing Group where her focus was on improving the sustainability of 65 community facilities across England. Kate shared the learnings from this work in the Community Asset Transfer toolkit for Housing Associations, published with HACT. Throughout her career Kate initiated a broad range of social and environmental improvements in estates, including delivering engagement events, fundraising, project management, distributing grants and contracts. She is also a trustee for Likewise, an innovative social care and mental health charity, and volunteers for Bermondsey Welcomes Refugees.
Kate joined Oxford City Council as Programme and Partnership Manager working on the Oxford West End programme. She is responsible for ensuring the vision for the programme is realised through a high degree of co-ordinated action, both in design and planning of new developments, but also in the promotion of the opportunity to investors, developers and occupiers, and the coordination of delivery, especially around hard and soft infrastructure.
KATE JANSEN CASEY
Senior Regeneration Delivery Manager
Kate Jansen Casey is an experienced real estate project manager with a track record of leading affordable, market-rate, and mixed-use housing through all stages of development and managing complex urban regeneration schemes through the planning and public approvals process. Kate has a particular interest in sustainable design, retrofit, and Passivhaus construction.
Kate has joined the Meridian Water team at London Borough of Enfield, a flagship regeneration project delivering 10,000 new homes and 6,000 jobs, for which the council is acting as Master Developer. Kate is involved in preparing the business case and options appraisal for the next phase of delivery, procuring and managing a team of consultants to deliver and implement the scheme-wide estate management strategy. Kate is also leading on assessing tenures for each phase of development, including non-standard housing tenures.
Kate is an architectural professional with five years experience in housing and community-led design. In her most recent role at Archio she worked extensively in residential architecture for a range of clients including councils, Community Land Trusts, and developers. She is also an engagement consultant for Erith Think Tank and in 2019 co-founded Re-Fabricate, a social enterprise focused on advocating for circular economy principles in design and construction. Through her involvement, Kate has co-run a series of engagement projects including a RIBA research initiative intended to engage young creative professionals in developing new waste-reuse products for the commercial market. In 2020, the group was included in the RIBAJ Rising Stars cohort for their work on the circular economy.
Kate is Programme Manager for South London Partnership – a subregional collaboration of five London boroughs: Croydon, Kingston upon Thames, Merton, Richmond upon Thames and Sutton. Her role involves working across the five boroughs to identify, shape, agree and lead on delivering projects which when done collaboratively will lead to greater impact on tackling climate change and stimulating or supporting the green economy.
Senior Design Officer
Katherine is an architect with over 20 years of experience and is the founder of Fabrica Architecture, a multi-disciplinary studio focusing on collaborative design processes. She started her career in hospital design with RTKL and has had a continued interest in social and community architecture. This has included UK school design as project architect for Architecture PLB, and as lead architect for an international development charity; for whom Katherine designed community settlements, schools and charity headquarters in Uganda, Sierra Leone and Mozambique. Katherine has a postgraduate diploma in Development Practice with a wealth of experience in community consultation and a keen interest in socially responsive, community-led models of development.
As part of the sixth cohort of Public Practice, as a Senior Design Officer for LLDC Katherine joined the innovative Design Team to assist at all stages of projects connected to the London 2012 legacy, from concept design to the delivery of projects on site, including giving specialist architectural and urban design advice.
You can contact Katherine via her LinkedIn profile.
Prior to joining Public Practice, Katherine was an architecturally trained practitioner with a decade of experience in research and design-led practice. Her expertise is in high-quality design, multi-disciplinary collaboration and participative processes involving local stakeholders. She has developed innovative research methods with public sector partners, not-for-profits and educational institutions, including a commission by the GLA and a collaboration between Central Saint Martins and SPACE Artist Studio Providers. She was the co-recipient of the 2017 Central Saint Martins Graduate Design Consultancy, and was awarded the 2016 Lethaby Gallery Residency for Architecture.
As part of the fourth cohort of Public Practice, Katherine’s role as Place Shaping Officer at Westminster City Council focused on supporting the development of a place strategy for one of the Council’s priority areas. She was involved in place analysis, engaging communities and stakeholders, formulating place strategies, developing urban design and public realm projects, preparing briefs, and coordinating and clienting projects.
You can contact Katherine via her LinkedIn account.
Principal Urban Design Officer
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 a CABE Built Environment Expert.
Part of the first cohort of Public Practice, Kathy joined the Housing, Planning & Regulatory Services team in Hounslow Council as Principal Urban Design Officer. In this role, she pushed best design practice in all new developments. Key deliverables included 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.
Senior Urban Designer
Katie is an urban designer with a background in architecture. In her most recent role she created surveys and strategies for clients in London and Winchester at Publica, an urban design consultancy. Prior to this, she gained experience in landscape design at SLA Copenhagen and worked on a range of publicly-funded projects at Adams and Sutherland – including community buildings, pocket parks, local markets and streetscape improvements. Her Masters dissertation completed at the Royal College of Art investigated how the financialisation of property affects standards of house building in London and was nominated for the RIBA Dissertation Medal 2017.
Katie has joined London Borough of Bexley as an Urban Designer, where she will be contributing to the development of masterplans surrounding three stations along the Abbey Wood and Ebbsfleet (AW2E) corridor. Her role involves producing capacity studies for strategic sites, as well as contributing to the growing design culture within the Placemaking Team – boosting the council’s ability to be proactive and deliver projects in-house.
Housing Delivery & Design Manager
Katie is an experienced design manager with particular expertise in urban residential development. She has worked on a broad range of projects including traditional housing, high rise concrete frame and the conversion of historic buildings across London, the Home Counties, and Manchester.
Katie's primary focus is project delivery, ensuring designs are buildable and capable of achieving budget expectations and quality standards. Her work has involved close collaboration with the many different stakeholders involved in the construction process, from design team appointments through to post occupancy customer service assistance. On projects with highly complex site constraints, Katie has coordinated the design delivery and the resolution of design challenges.
Senior Urban Designer
Katie is an architect specialising in people-led design. She combines her architectural expertise with her understanding of community-led housing and co-production, enabling client groups to design and develop homes and spaces together. Her projects include self-build move-on accommodation, cohousing on tricky urban sites, and developing a Land Trust-led affordable housing scheme on a rural exception site. Prior to joining Public Practice, she was the lead architect and project board member on the Meanwhile in Oxfordshire programme, bringing empty buildings back into meanwhile use for local community and enterprises.
Katie is an RIBA student mentor at Oxford Brookes University and University of Brighton. She is also a Director for Brighton and Hove Community Land Trust, working to find alternative housing solutions in the city that are sustainable and community-led.
Tottenham High Road Regeneration Officer
Katsura is an architect with over 12 years of experience leading a diverse range of projects including museums, residential and luxury retail. Her work involved managing large-scale complex schemes with multiple stakeholders and extensive internal and external partnerships. She started her career working for a number of award-winning practices in Tokyo and London. In 2015, she moved client-side and joined the architecture studio at Burberry, where she led and commissioned an ambitious masterplan for a new manufacturing and creative quarter in Leeds.
Kavita is an Associate RICS Project Manager and passionate about creating an environmentally, economically and socially sustainable built environment. Kavita has a background in economic development, regeneration and housing, having worked in Mace's housing and regeneration consultancy team and with various built environment social enterprises in the UK and India. Prior to Public Practice, she was a Project Manager at Southwark Council working on the Aylesbury Regeneration and supporting a social enterprise, Livesey Exchange, to design, build and operate a temporary community space on the Old Kent Road.
Part of the second cohort of Public Practice, Kavita joined OPDC as Early Activation Project Manager. She was responsible for the delivery of the first phase of the Early Activation programme; piloting local activities and initiatives, delivering a range of meanwhile use and public realm projects; creating immediate benefits for local communities and establishing a strong identity for Old Oak and Park Royal.
Strategic Lead for Healthy Placemaking
Kelly-Marie is a dedicated and experienced architect who embraces collaborative working to find creative and robust solutions. Her skills in leadership help to inspire thoughtful and creative designs underpinned by pragmatic understandings of the current challenges facing the built environment industry. Before becoming an Associate, Kelly-Marie was the lead consultant for large and complex project teams.
Kelly-Marie has experience working across various scales and a number of building typologies including SEN schools, workplace campuses and residential developments across Greater Manchester, Yorkshire, and London. Through this, she has built a comprehensive understanding of the built environment and enjoys applying this knowledge to the next challenge.
Senior Urban Designer
Dartford Borough Council, Senior Urban Designer
Kendra is an experienced chartered landscape architect who has worked on a wide range of urban public realm schemes, masterplans, and parks for the public sector and commercial clients. She was previously placed as a Public Practice Associate in the third cohort at TfL in the city planning directorate. Her role involved integrating a Healthy Streets approach into the earliest stages of street and public realm schemes. Prior to joining Public Practice, she was a senior landscape architect at Groundwork London, delivering key public space and park projects, and lead urban designer at Sustrans, delivering new walking and cycling routes for TfL.
Kendra has joined Dartford Borough Council as a Senior Urban Designer to boost the council’s in-house capacity for design, contributing to master planning work around four key stations along the AW2E corridor. Her role involves producing capacity studies for strategic sites, as well as contributing to the growing design culture within the Placemaking Team – boosting the council’s ability to be proactive and deliver projects in-house.
Senior Strategic Planner
Kerry is an architect with experience ranging from feasibility studies to technical design. She has expertise in the design and delivery of mixed tenure residential developments for housing associations, developers and local authorities, with projects ranging from small infill sites to multi-phased estate regeneration proposals. Kerry has developed a specialism in the design of assisted living or 'extra care' residential developments, providing affordable independent living for an ageing population.
She has volunteered as an Architectural Ambassador with the RIBA schools programme, devising workshops to promote interest and opinion about the built environment in primary schools; and is a member of the judging panel for the RIBA South East London Architects awards to university students.
Principal Urban Designer
Kerry Edwards is an architect, most recently with award-winning practice Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios. Prior to this she worked with humanitarian design and build practice Orkidstudio (now BuildX Studio), whose aim was to bring about social change through building, enterprise and community. She has built expertise working on projects in London, Bristol, Manchester, Australia, Cameroon and Kenya, across a range of scales from the design and construction of an earthbag house, to the detailed design of complex higher education, residential and mixed-use commercial schemes. She has worked with not-for-profits both overseas and in London where she ran a series of workshops to encourage young women to pursue a career in the built environment.
Kerry has joined the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation as Principal Urban Designer where she has responsibility for the design, development, and delivery of a range of early activation projects across the area. These range from public realm, landscape, supergraphics and creative signage, and street furniture, and will be among the first projects to be delivered to benefit communities in a tangible way. She is also involved in providing design input into strategic master plans, future development strategies, and planning applications.
Principal Urban Designer
Ketan is an experienced architect and has worked with a range of architectural practices, including Stirling prize-winning Maccreanor Lavington Architects, Adam Khan Architects and Ab Rogers Design. He has led projects at a variety of scales and contexts, including historically sensitive settings, suburban locations and the Green Belt. These include a Maggie’s Centre for the Royal Marsden in Sutton, an innovative estate refurbishment housing scheme in Copenhagen and high-density, mixed-use housing led schemes in Tower Hamlets and Southwark. Ketan is a member of the Southwark Design Review Panel and holds teaching positions at Central Saint Martins and RIBA North West.
Affordable Housing Supply Senior Programme Officer
Kira is an architect, educator and entrepreneur. Her core specialisms lie in masterplanning, mixed-use and high-density residential sectors. She worked on a broad spectrum of schemes ranging from developing design codes for large masterplans to the technical design of individual homes. Before becoming an Associate, she was part of the team at KAR Studio where she worked on a number of brownfield and underused sites in London, proposing ways to redevelop and return sites to local communities.
Kira’s approach is user-focused and innovative, employing technologies such as VR, AR and game design to communicate architectural and urban proposals and seek input from the clients, key stakeholders and community members.
Development Infrastructure Coordination Lead
Kosh is an architect, most recently with Hawkins Brown Architects, where he has specialised in large-scale multi- disciplinary projects, within the infrastructure, master-planning, residential and public realm sectors. His recent projects include leading the design and delivery of eight public realm sites along the Thames Tideway Central Section; developing the concept and feasibility design for a multi-modal transport hub and 5000+ new homes at Clapham Junction and detailed design of Liverpool Street Crossrail Station.
Kosh joined the GLA’s Infrastructure team to play a key role in developing and managing initiatives that reduce the disruption experienced by Londonders from infrastructure works, relieve the pressure on development viability and facilitate planning for growth. His role involves managing Developer Infrastructure Coordination Service, a consultancy style service offered to London’s developers by several local authorities and centrally managed by the GLA’s Infrastructure team.
Prior to joining Public Practice, Krishan was an architectural designer, artist and policy advisor. He joined Public Practice from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government where he helped shape national policy as part of the Housing Diversification and Climate Change teams and as programme manager for the Home of 2030. He is architect-in-residence at Glamis Adventure Playground, Tower Hamlets and has exhibited work in Rio de Janeiro, Munich and Shanghai while his independent arts practice explores place and cultural identity through diorama.
As part of the fourth cohort of Public Practice at LB Harrow, Krishan took on the role of Design Officer, providing urban design advice to the Council’s Planning Team. He provided design input on major planning applications and is part of the development team working on schemes through Planning Performance Agreements. Krishan supported the policy team in the development and review of design policies and is working on a Supplementary Planning Document on residential design.
You can contact Krishan via his LinkedIn account.
Senior Urban Design Officer
Krishma is an experienced architect, having spent a decade at Levitt Bernstein Associates before setting up her own practice in 2019. During her time at Levitt Bernstein, she has worked on both new-build and refurbishment projects across the health, education and residential sectors, working with local authorities and end-users at the design stage. For the past three years, Krishma has specialised in housing design ranging from smaller specialist housing projects to larger scale estate regeneration schemes for public and private providers. As well as running projects at various stages, Krishma has been involved in studio management including resourcing, finance and staff reviews, bid writing and feasibility.
As Urban Designer within Epping Forest’s multi-disciplinary Policy and Implementation Team, Krishma provides specialist urban design advice on the Harlow and Gilston Garden Town as well as on strategic master plans for other sites in the Council’s Local Plan. She is also involved in managing the Council’s Quality Review Panel, giving pre-application advice on large and complex development proposals, and masterplanning with a strong emphasis on place making and high-quality design.
Kwame has experience of building links between councils and communities, in particular in his role as Co-chair of RUSS, a Community Land Trust, where he developed a framework for creating sustainable neighbourhoods and genuinely affordable homes. Kwame has also built communities online, as the Founder and Director of (In)Space – a collective of young, black British, male creatives who seek to engage communities by exhibiting art outside of galleries and museums.
At Redbridge, Kwame took on the role of Community Engagement Officer within the Regeneration Team, playing a pivotal role in defining and building the council’s regeneration offer to the community through Council services, Redbridge Living and a new Community Hubs programme.
Laetitia is a sustainability advisor with experience in environmental and fundraising consultancy, research and analytics, as well as in development and project management. Prior to joining Public Practice, Laetitia was Director of Research at RHI LLC, assisting non-profit organisations in solving complex issues whilst ensuring they maximise their societal impacts. Prior to this, she was a Senior Associate at Kingston Smith where she oversaw the fundraising and management strategies of cultural and environmental organisations.
Part of the second cohort of Public Practice, Laetitia took on the role of Environmental Advisor and helped Ashford Borough Council embed a cohesive and cross-sectoral environmental strategy across its future corporate plan and associated policies. Her role involved working with staff across the Council, members and partners, as well as with the community, in order to develop a bespoke and pragmatic Ashford agenda that resonated with people's concerns, maximised the impact from limited resources and engendered community-led environmental actions.
Laura is an urban designer with over 10 years’ experience in both the public and private sectors, with a variety of different research and design roles. Prior to her joining Public Practice, she was an Associate Urban Designer in a private practice in London. With her range of experience, she has a holistic view of the design process and the practical skills to help deliver high-quality places.
Part of the second cohort of Public Practice, Laura joined RBKC’s Conservation & Design Team as Senior Urban Designer. She worked both internally and externally to build design capacity in the Borough. As well as giving design advice on major schemes, her role involved building the capacity and confidence of colleagues to critique projects from a design perspective and negotiate improvements. She improved the operation of RBKC’s Architectural Appraisal Panel and facilitated discussions with communities about good design, enabling them to play a positive role at pre-application stage.
Laura is a Chartered Planner with experience providing environmental and planning consultancy on a range of development and nationally significant infrastructure projects (NSIP) for both public and private sector clients. This includes a two-year secondment to the Thames Tideway Tunnel. Most recently she project-managed the multi-disciplinary input on a number of local authority urban regeneration projects and led on the delivery of the Consultation Reports for two gas-fired power station NSIP projects.
Laura has joined St Albans City and District Council as Hemel Gardens Communities Lead Planner to provide dedicated and senior expertise to drive the delivery of distinctive, high quality, innovative and sustainable urban design. She is taking an active role in preparing and consulting on the Hemel Garden Communities masterplan and advocacy at senior levels with stakeholders including Highways England, the Crown Estate and Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership
Lauren is an ARB registered Architect with a track record of delivering mixed-use regeneration schemes and meanwhile use projects across London; from rooftop additions designed to maximise capacity of dense urban sites within the tight constraints of the London View Management Framework, to setting out potential options for temporary creative reuse of historic assets. She has acted as Practice Mentor for the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust and the NLA, is co-founder of OSA, a student-led print magazine that aims to encourage conversations and learning across the university environment; and volunteers for Planning Aid for London providing free support on town planning and development for people and communities who can not afford professional advice.
As a Public Practice Associate, she supported the delivery of strategic projects within London Borough of Hounslow, particularly in the Great West Corridor and Heathrow (West of Borough Plan) by providing urban design advice alongside managing and coordinating the design review panel and expanding its role in reviewing major schemes. Her role has also involved developing planning briefs, supplementary planning documents and masterplans and providing design input for developing visions, masterplans and planning policy guidance for the borough’s four town centres. More recently she has been working to formalise design services across multiple teams within the Local Authority to ensure design is a fundamental component across all RIBA Work Stages.
You can contact Lauren via her LinkedIn account.
Place Shaping Officer
Lauren is an architect and environmental activist with a passion for community-driven projects. She co-founded Architects Climate Action Network (ACAN), advocating for industry change by collaborating closely with other built environment professionals. Lauren has helped lead at a strategic level on the Steering Groups for both ACAN and Architects Declare, demonstrating a breadth of knowledge in coordinating campaigns and communicating sustainability beyond the construction industry. As an architect at Studio Bark, Lauren led on live-build projects, climate pedagogy and innovative low-carbon design. Previously, she taught MArch at London Metropolitan University, which focused on retrofit and adaptation of existing council buildings. Lauren also has experience in community engagement and place-making from her work with arts and education charity SPUD.
Laurence joined Public Practice after having worked at Allies and Morrison Architects for several years, specialising in planning policy, masterplans, conservation and consultation-led projects. In 2018 his work with Guildford Borough Council was shortlisted for a Royal Town Planning Institute National Award. He has also held teaching positions and has been a visiting critic at Nottingham, London Met and Cambridge Universities.
Part of the second cohort of Public Practice, Laurence joined Havering as an Urban Design Officer, within their Joint Ventures and Delivery Company. He provided design quality input to the Council’s Regeneration Programme Delivery service, including schemes through Joint Ventures and the Council’s own housing delivery company Mercury Land Holdings. His role involved embedding placemaking into Regeneration schemes throughout the whole project delivery process - ensuring quality design was delivered through procurement, masterplanning, and public realm improvements.
Regeneration Project Manager
Lee is an experienced project manager and landscape architect, with a PhD in landscape architecture from the University of Sheffield. Through her freelance work and roles most recently with Patel Taylor and Islington Council, she has developed a detailed knowledge of planting and ecology, environmental legislation, planning legislation, community engagement and people, and experience of delivering projects. Lee is an active Fellow of the RSA, a member of the Urban Design Group, and the TCPA’s Green Infrastructure Network.
At Tower Hamlets, Lee focused on the delivery of improvements proposed by the community in the process of Local Infrastructure Fund consultations. In particular, her work is seeking to respond to community needs for improved open public spaces.
Leonie joined Public Practice from Julian Cowie Architects, where she worked across a range of sectors from concept to completion, including residential schemes, community buildings and conservation projects in sensitive locations. As an Associate in the practice, she also contributed to the award-winning practice’s growth, direction and ethos, and mentored junior staff.
As part of the fourth cohort of Public Practice as Regeneration and Development Senior Architect at LB Enfield, Leonie provided architectural advice and solutions across the Council’s Property and Housing teams. In particular, Leonie’s role involved managing multi-disciplinary design teams to shape the design and quality of the Council’s housebuilding programme and other capital build projects.
You can contact Leonie via her LinkedIn account.
Leonora is an architect with a particular interest in heritage and placemaking, working on residential and community projects in the North West. Before becoming an Associate, she was a private sector project architect at shedkm. Her work involved the delivery of conservation schemes to transform heritage assets, a community church to provide a much-needed civic hub that revitalises the high street, and a competition bid to link placemaking with storytelling, heritage and community.
She is passionate about social value and equality, diversity and inclusion, which she brings to her additional roles as an ambassador for social enterprise PLACED and as a tutor at University of Sheffield School of Architecture.
Design & Master Development Manager
Liz is a Chartered Landscape Architect, most recently at Land Use Consultants in London, where she has worked on the design, planning, and management of public spaces across the region. Her work is underpinned by an understanding of how public spaces can help to nurture a healthy population, using ecological design. She has also recently applied this approach through her role as an Advisory Board member for a Natural Environment Research Council funded project at the University of Sheffield into the wellbeing benefits of greenspace.
Liz has joined a new, multidisciplinary national team within Homes England which is seeking to improve design quality and delivery. She provides dedicated landscape advice on Homes England’s sites, particularly where they are adopting a master developer approach. Her work focuses on ensuring long-term maintenance and that opportunities for multi-functional landscape to support biodiversity, amenity, and sustainable drainage are considered early on and delivered to high standards.
Green Innovation Lead
Loraine is an experienced Project Manager with a background in regeneration and community development. She is passionate about widening participation and social mobility with a particular interest in environmental sustainability and smart technologies in the built environment. Across her career she has successfully created employment and skills regeneration programmes in the boroughs of Lewisham, Sutton, and East London. In her previous role for Richmond and Wandsworth Borough Council as a Programme Manager, Loraine developed cross-borough regeneration initiatives to widen participation for disadvantaged communities.
Lorraine has joined Local London, a partnership of 8 London boroughs in the
north and east of the capital. In her role as Green Innovation Lead, she is responsible for coordinating activity across the eight boroughs to promote green innovation and recovery with particular emphasis on green jobs and green skills. She is also working with partners to establish a green skills partnership to encourage collaborative working between the private and public sectors. Her work is aiming to overcome the barriers to green innovation that will lead to associated economic, social and environmental benefits and create demand for green innovation, green jobs and green skills.
Prior to joining Public Practice, Louisa was an urban planner with an MsC in Urban Design and City Planning from UCL. Most recently she worked at a townscape and heritage consultancy, assessing the townscape, heritage and visual impacts of new development. Her MSc major research project explored through design how infill development on high-rise post-war estates can improve estate spaces and the relationship that estates have with the wider area.
As part of the fourth cohort of Public Practice, Louisa took on the role of Urban Design Project Officer at London Borough of Hounslow, project managing consultants to develop a new GIS-based Design and Capacity toolkit for unlocking sustainable growth in the borough. She procured and managed the contract with Urban Intelligence to create an interactive digital evidence base of sites for development, translating the information into maps and 3D models. The tool has saved officer time in data entry and appraisal, as well as simplified the process for landowners and other stakeholders submitting sites to help Hounslow achieve their housing delivery targets.
Louisa also worked on a public realm strategy for the Great West Corridor (Golden Mile) Opportunity Area, and worked with the Conservation team to develop a borough-wide Heritage Strategy.
Learn more about Louisa's career journey.
You can contact Louisa via her LinkedIn account.
Senior Planning & Sustainability Policy Officer
Louise is an experienced architect who has worked across new build and regeneration projects from early feasibility stages to technical design and construction. As a Climate Activist, she has focused on implementing sustainable and ethical principles into her professional practice, challenging her own and fellow designers’ responsibilities to leave a legacy that will benefit future generations. In a previous role Louise co-founded an employee-led group promoting low carbon lifestyles and also helped to produce the LETI Climate Emergency Design Guide. She also volunteers at Repurpose, a charity-led workshop which specialises in refurbishing and repairing items saved from landfill.
As Senior Planning & Sustainability Policy Officer, Louise joined Greenwich to lead on shaping their environmental sustainability-related planning policies and lead on developing a Low-Cost Carbon Reduction SPD. She is also working closely with planning officers to ensure that the Local Plan Policies and Low Cost Carbon Reduction SPD are clear, usable and achievable, and a key element of the successful progress of Greenwich’s Carbon Neutral Plan – setting the Borough on the path to reaching the net-zero target.
Project Manager - Retrofit
Louise is an architect and certified Passivhaus designer with extensive experience in both the private and public sectors. She has worked on various architectural projects in the residential, heritage, community, commercial, and workplace sectors, gaining valuable experience from large and small practices.
Before joining the Associate Programme, Louise was involved in collaborating with councils to provide housing in London, engaging with local communities, and designing and delivering office buildings across the UK. She has also worked closely with Historic England on a Grade II Listed Building.
Louise's passion lies in retrofitting and upgrading existing buildings, particularly housing stock, to ensure they are suitable for long-term living.
LUCIA CERRADA MORATO
High-Density Development Project Manager
Lucia is an architecturally trained 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 has recently completed a PhD at the Bartlett School of Planning.
Part of the first cohort of Public Practice, Lucia joined the Place Shaping Team in Tower Hamlets Council as High-Density Development Project Manager. In this role, she helped 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. She addressed the need for play space and amenity space, effectively managed waste and enabling and promoted social cohesion.
Prior to joining Public Practice, Lucila was a multilingual architect from Buenos Aires, Argentina, where most recently she worked for the City Government´s Urban Development and Transport Ministry on their Public Offices´ Relocation and Centralization Strategy. She has architectural experience in the residential and commercial sectors and has been recognised by numerous scholarships and prizes, including at the Bogotá CityLAB Final Conference 2018 on Sustainable Cities in Latin-America and Barcelona CityLAB Citymakers 2019.
As part of the fourth cohort of Public Practice, in her role at LB Croydon as Project Officer for Placemaking, Lucila supported the delivery of the growth vision set out in the Local Plan, in particular developing emerging projects related to the Borough’s intensification policies and the new Suburban Design Guide. She was also involved in managing and expanding the Croydon Place Review Panel, and provided design and masterplanning advice for a variety of major and strategic pre-planning and planning applications.
You can contact Lucila via her LinkedIn account.
Prior to joining Public Practice, Lucy Atlee was an architect with two decades of experience, she had most recently worked with Will Alsop as a director of aLL Design. She has expertise across a diverse range of sectors including residential, hospitality, commercial, education, community, exhibition and meanwhile, and is a Trustee of Lewisham Building Preservation Trust. Lucy has particular expertise in sustainable design, and as a qualified BREEAM AP consulted on the sustainability strategy of projects including the Glasgow Commonwealth Games Village whilst working for RMJM.
As part of the fourth cohort of Public Practice, at TfL, Lucy supported residential delivery teams as a champion for design excellence on a range of projects, including mixed use, private rental sector, and residential for-sale schemes. Her role involved developing architectural and design briefs, assisting with procurement exercises for design teams and development partners, and securing quality and design priorities for individual projects.
You can contact Lucy via her LinkedIn account.
Head of Engagement, Oxford Street District
Lucy is a place strategist, curatorial director, author, and director of Lucy Bullivant & Associates. She specialises in building social value as part of urban regeneration, working with a wide range of clients across the public and private sectors since 2007. Alongside this, she is a Design Council Expert - Specialist and a Trustee of the Temple Bar Trust. Over the last two years she has been cultural strategist for Sletteløkka, Oslo, leading a community development programme centred on residents’ lived experiences. Since 2019 she has acted as Chair of the Lambeth Design Review Panel. Her books include Masterplanning Futures, awarded Urban Design Group Book of the Year, and Recoded City: Co-Creating Urban Futures, which focuses on participatory placemaking.
Prior to joining Public Practice, Lucy was an architect with over eight years experience, most recently at RCKa where she worked on a number of projects, including two CIP projects for LB Camden, prioritising socially responsive design solutions to challenging briefs. In her previous roles she developed expertise in mixed-use, retail, commercial and tall buildings.
As part of the fourth cohort of Public Practice at Barnet, Lucy took on the role of Town Centre Project Officer to oversee the delivery of an ambitious public realm project in Finchley Central. This included establishing a new Town Team and Town Team Charter to enable the community to take greater responsibility for placemaking in the town centre. Working with the community and local cultural and arts organisations, Lucy facilitated an annual, community-run events programme and sought other strategic opportunities in the town centre.
You can contact Lucy via her LinkedIn account.
Principal Urban Design Officer
Lucy is an experienced urban designer. Before becoming an Associate, she worked at Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design where she was involved in a variety of projects, ranging from large and small-scale residential and mixed-use masterplans, to town centre regeneration, public realm design and community and stakeholder engagement.
She is committed to creating sustainable environments with people at the forefront of design, volunteering on projects outside of work, and engaging with local communities to develop an understanding of the relationship between people and places.
Passionate about inclusive design, leadership and engagement, Lucy has been recognised for her work developing the ‘Autism in the City Toolkit’, which seeks to improve the experience of living in cities for people with autism through increasing awareness of neurodiversity across the industry, and unlocking cities for people with autism.
Luke is an experienced architect, regeneration professional and design tutor whose work explores how the built environment can support communities to thrive. He has worked on a range of projects in London, from housing in Fish Island to co-working spaces in Shoreditch and retrofits in Westminster.
Luke's master's research took him to Brazil where he documented the impact of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games transport infrastructure on favela communities. Whilst living in Rio de Janeiro, Luke fostered a relationship with an organisation supporting families affected by drug trafficking and supported the charity in designing new buildings.
He has tutored at the University of Cardiff and has also led mentoring projects with Open City.
Prior to becoming an Associate, Luke led part of an exemplar Passivhaus Housing scheme for the London Borough of Hounslow as a Senior Architect. He also worked at Haringey Council where he delivered improvements to Wood Green High Street and developed the strategic briefing for place-shaping masterplans.
Place Shaping Officer (High Streets)
Lydia is an urban designer and researcher. Before joining the Associate Programme, she worked as an urban designer at DSDHA, where she specialised in urban regeneration, placemaking frameworks, and strategic public realm visioning projects. Lydia's expertise lies in delivering tailored place-based solutions through authentic stakeholder engagement and co-design processes.
Lydia co-led the 'Reclaim Public Space' and 'Public Studio' programs at Central Saint Martins, collaborating with local stakeholders to create a sense of connectedness in the public realm. She has also undertaken research fellowships with institutions such as the RIBA Research Fund 2021 and the Design Museum's Future Observatory.
Lydia is driven by her passion for socially responsive, publicly engaged, and climate-conscious design. She firmly believes in the role our built environment plays in creating inclusive and sustainable cities.
MACARENA PLAZA HELGUERO
Divisional Improvement Officer
Macarena is an architect and urban researcher with over nine years of international experience working in the built environment. Her most recent role was Head of Planning Production at Cityscape Digital, where she provided advice on the impact of proposed developments on surrounding townscapes and worked with leading planning consultants, townscape consultants, and heritage advisors across the UK. She previously worked as an architectural consultant for Porphyrios Associates in London, and as an Architect for K+M Arquitectura y Urbanismo in Lima, where she collaborated on a range of residential, mixed-use, and master planning projects. In addition, she acted as the main research assistant at the Peruvian Pavilion for the 14th Venice Biennale.
Maddy is a landscape architect and planner with experience in landscape design, community engagement, policy development and research. She is joining Public Practice from the Active Travel and Health team at TfL, where she has been responsible for developing strategic policy and technical guidance for the delivery of walking, cycling and Healthy Streets projects. She also designed and delivered Sustrans’ first DIY Schools project, which applied the innovative use of temporary trials as a way to change perceptions and attitudes around how public space is used around schools.
Maddy has joined St Albans District Council as Landscape Architect for Major Projects and is providing specialist landscape expertise to influence masterplan and detailed landscape guidance for a series of major urban extensions of between 500-3,000 homes across St Albans District Council.
Magali is an architect with a specialism in education projects, having led a successful education team to deliver award-winning schools at Marks Barfield Architects. She joined Public Practice from The Children's Trust where she consulted on their future vision and strategy, and how their estate development can support these. She is on the Design South East, Sutton and Brighton design review panels providing design support to local authorities, developers and communities in the south east.
As part of the third cohort of Public Practice, Magali joined Great Ormond Street Hospital as Project Lead for Place Making where she was leading a transformational approach to the public realm as an integral part of the planning process for the new Children’s Cancer Centre. She engaged with patients, families, staff, neighbours and the local authority to co-design a public realm response that enhances the neighbourliness of Great Ormond Street and the setting of the Children's Cancer Centre. You can view a short video of Magali's Associate story on Vimeo here.
You can contact Magali via her LinkedIn account.
Principal Planning Officer
Maggie is a chartered town planner, and planning and development surveyor with over 20 years’ planning consultancy experience, as well as policy formulation and design review expertise. Before becoming an Associate, she worked at Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design where she was involved in complex development projects at all scales.
Prior to that, she was England policy lead for the Royal Town Planning Institute, responsible for the Institute’s Urban Design Network and its heritage off-shoot and attending high-level meetings with government and other bodies on emerging policy and legislative changes. She has shared her experience in her positions as vice chair and chair of multiple design review panels.
Marco is a chartered town planner working at the intersection of behaviour change and design. He is joining Public Practice from Dar Group where he has been a Senior Urban Planner focusing on strategic planning. Marco is also co-founder of the London Car Free Day campaign and tutors on Sustainable Futures at the Bartlett School of Planning, UCL.
Marco joins the Greater Cambridgeshire Shared Planning Service as Design and Development Implementation Officer, to translate aspirations for an innovative high quality, higher density, highly sustainable truly mixed-use new urban quarter in North East Cambridge into delivery on the ground. As one of the last strategic brownfield sites in Cambridge, the site has the potential capacity for 5,000+ homes and 20,000 jobs.
Mariana is an urban planner with a background in research and community engagement. Prior to moving to London, she worked for LabCidade, a São Paulo-based research lab where she studied the management of public spaces in the city. She also led a small team of volunteers in implementing cultural projects and building emergency housing in an informal settlement. In 2018 she completed the MSc International Planning at the Bartlett School of Planning with a thesis on London’s informal housing and was awarded the Bartlett School of Planning Prize. She is joining Public Practice from a townscape, heritage and urban design consultancy where she has been advising on complex schemes in historically-sensitive locations.
In her role at Tower Hamlets, Mariana is responsible for the management and delivery of an urban characterisation study and set of design guidelines to support the urban intensification of the central area of Tower Hamlets – the only part of the borough that is not designated as an opportunity area. Her work involves developing a good understanding of the area's character, as well as drawing on best practice examples of small-scale urban intensification and infill, to shape future growth in a way that respects and enhances local distinctiveness.
In July 2021, her work was published in the Central Area Good Growth Supplementary Planning Document (SPD), where Mariana acted as Project Manager working alongside Tamara Kahn. The document aims to support developers, designers and council case officers in delivering sustainable growth whilst respecting the character of the area.
Urban Design Officer
Mark is a chartered town planner with a strong interest in the role of urban green spaces in creating sustainable and socially equitable living environments. He is passionate about preserving and repurposing architectural assets to protect the unique identity of towns and cities.
Mark has gained valuable experience through his involvement in the Academy of Urbanism, where he has learned best practices from across Europe. His work managing planning applications for various social infrastructure projects has honed his analytical skills in interpreting and applying planning policy.
Mark is an architect with experience in residential, leisure and masterplanning projects. Before becoming an Associate, he worked at 5plus Architects, taking a leading role in the masterplan to redevelop Stretford town centre and the development of the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland (AMIDS), a world-leading innovation campus in Glasgow. He is passionate about placemaking and taking a holistic approach to regeneration, utilising engagement to kickstart interest in sites to allow long-term visions to flourish.
Mark also undertakes a number of mentoring roles, as a guest reviewer at the University of Sheffield and as a RIBA Student Mentor with the University of Manchester.
Mark Warren is an architect and urban designer joining Public Practice from Studio Egret West. He has worked on a range of projects from meanwhile structures to 1,500+ home masterplans with a 15-20 year timeline. He is also a Design Think Tank Leader at the London School of Architecture, where he leads a studio of Masters students investigating how the built environment can improve the emotional and physical wellbeing of the city.
Mark has taken on the role of Urban Design and Development Officer at Merton, where he is playing a major role in the delivery of Merton’s Homebuilding Capacity Fund project – with key placemaking and regeneration projects across the borough including Wimbledon Stadium, the regeneration of three housing estates, Morden town centre regeneration and public realm improvements in Mitcham, Colliers Wood and Wimbledon.
Mark worked with colleagues at Merton, including fellow Alumnus Abre Etteh, to develop a small sites toolkit in-house, as well as a character study for the borough with Allies & Morrison and Solidspace. The final SPDs were adopted in 2021.
You can contact Mark via their LinkedIn account.
Martha is a structural engineer and project manager who has varied experience working on the extension of Tate Modern, the construction of six hundred homes in Haringey, and timber self-build projects in rural Romania. She has worked in the UK and Norway, where she learnt Norwegian and experienced first-hand the benefits of ambitious public sector planning. She has also supported the charity Build Up, working with young people to design and build structures to benefit their own communities.
Part of the second cohort of Public Practice, Martha joined Enfield as Project Manager and took a more integrated approach to the design and delivery of a £40m capital programme to refurbish and maintain its council homes. Martha’s role brought in architectural and project management expertise, shaping fire safety improvements and substantial capital works across a large council housing portfolio, including 53 tower blocks – the largest number of any London borough.
Martin is an architect turned real estate developer. Before becoming an Associate, he spent a decade leading world-class teams in the design and development of £1bn worth of institutional grade, mixed-use assets. His most recent achievement was the leadership of a £165m development portfolio.
Martin is highly skilled in the practice of 'triple bottom line' placemaking, a philosophy that incorporates social, environmental, and commercial considerations into the development of sustainable places. He honed this skillset while working with market-leading companies such as Gensler, Microsoft, Barratt Homes, Legal & General, and Barclays Bank.
His passion for holistic placemaking stems from his belief that healthier cities are necessary to improve lives, grow economies and combat climate change. Martin's thought leadership and advocacy for healthy cities have earned him recognition, including a publishing deal with the Royal Institute of British Architects, awards and features in The Times, The Estates Gazette, Property Week, and the Architect's Journal.
Town Centre Programme Manager
Mathilde is an architect and urbanist, most recently working at the GLA’s Regeneration team, where she has been leading strategy, policy, and project delivery in North West London. She has been leading on the Mayor’s high street agenda for the last three years, including the development and launch of the ‘Adaptive Strategies’ guidance published in 2020 and the High Streets for All mission for London. Prior to this, she was working as a senior architect, with 10 years of experience in Paris and London managing teams and delivering award winning and complex projects including civic buildings, public realm design and urban strategies, from concept design to site supervision.
Taking on the role of Town Centre Programme Manager in the Economic Development Team, Mathilde is managing the programme, design and delivery of a town centres and high streets recovery plan including the High Streets For All (HSFA) project. Focusing on Bexleyheath, she is working on tackling the area’s key challenges, finding opportunities and developing a reimagined town – whilst also influencing the emerging Bexleyheath masterplan.
Prior to joining Public Practice, Matt Ruddy was an architect with experience in mixed-use projects from concept design to construction, in challenging urban regeneration sites. He joined Public Practice from Hawkins\Brown where he was an active member of the Junior Practice Management Group and Corporate Social Responsibility team, working to broaden access into architecture. Prior to this, his work for Hackney Wick and Fish Island won the 2019 Planning Award for Excellence In Placemaking at High Densities. Matt has also organised walking tours and exhibitions for the Housing Forum, Open House London and London Festival of Architecture, and in 2018 won the inaugural LFA LGBT+ Float competition.
As part of the fourth cohort of Public Practice at the GLA, Matt managed the London Review Panel, City Hall’s design review panel, part of the Mayor’s Good Growth by Design programme. Matt was also involved in research and thought leadership, providing support to individual boroughs on design review, and working on the biannual place shaping and design review capacity survey.
You can contact Matt via his LinkedIn account.
Matt leads Spacemakers, a regeneration group based in Brighton and has ten years’ experience working in the built environment. Through Spacemakers, he has produced new cultural infrastructure and interventions across the country, including the internationally-recognised regeneration of Brixton Village. He has supported the GLA on major regeneration projects for eight years, and has extensive experience working with authorities, developers and directly with local communities.
Matt has taken on the role of Strategy Lead for Becontree, Barking and Dagenham’s four-square-mile council estate, the largest in the country. He is leading the development of a strategy focussing on the future of the Becontree, putting residents in charge and setting out a series of interventions over the next 10 - 20 years.
Transport Planning Manager
Matthew is an urban planner committed to making urban landscapes more open, accessible, and equitable, with a focus on sustainable transport and development. In his previous role as Transport Planner at Southwark Council, he led partnerships with stakeholders and delivered the docked cycle hire scheme expansion, creating immediate benefits for local communities. Matthew has experience in contributing to design codes, spatial planning and policy development, and community engagement. As part of the Liveable Neighbourhoods programme, he led transport planning projects and the Movement Plan for the regeneration of the Old Kent Road.
Matthew is a member of public works, a not-for-profit studio set up to explore the intersection between art, architecture, performance and activism. Prior to joining Public Practice, he worked for several housing and landscape architecture practices in London, most recently East Architecture, Landscape, Urban Design. He has also worked with artists Alex Schweder and Nils Norman on art installations, play structures and performances. Matthew’s research explores alternative methods of communicating planning and policy.
Part of the second cohort of Public Practice, Matthew joined Croydon as a Project Officer within their Placemaking team. He worked on projects to activate key regeneration areas, test future plans and enable sustainable growth through holistic placemaking. His role involved managing and expanding the Croydon Place Review Panel; providing design advice for a variety of major and strategic applications; supporting the delivery of the Borough’s Suburban Densification Design Guide, and developing new visual communication methods for emerging plans and policies.
Digital Planning Innovation & Delivery Officer
Maya is an architect with 8 years of experience in commercial, residential and retail sectors specialising in major refurbishments, re-use of existing buildings and BIM delivery throughout all RIBA stages.
She has run projects in sensitive planning contexts and nestled within conservation areas. Prior to becoming an Associate, she worked at TP Bennett where she took on the lead role in delivering a complex refurbishment and extension of retail units on the high street in Chelsea.
Maya previously worked as a studio tutor in the Manchester and Oxford Schools of Architecture. She has experience in community engagement from her involvement in charities such as the Outward Bound Trust, Groundwork and the London Cornish Pilot Gig Club, which aims to preserve and celebrate the art of traditional Cornish gig rowing and boat building, making the sport accessible to all.
Landscape & Green Infrastructure Officer
Meg is an architect with extensive experience in residential, commercial, educational, and healthcare facilities both in the UK and abroad. Prior to joining the Associate Programme, Meg used her interdisciplinary background in structural engineering to lead projects in Uganda and Ethiopia.
Her expertise extends to the principles of the circular economy, as she developed a regenerative masterplan for Shepton Mallet during her masters, focusing on reusing existing buildings, revitalising transport networks, and fostering sustainable food production. She is committed to improving public infrastructure and has contributed to the delivery of a council waste management and training facility.
Meg is passionate about making design expertise accessible to the public, with the aim of enhancing well-being and creating sustainable, healthy cities. She has conducted research and written an East African Schools Design Guide, engaging communities, educators, and government officials to improve educational facilities.
Megan is an architectural designer and creative strategist and is a co-founder of Projects Office, a multi-disciplinary architecture practice with a portfolio including healthcare, commercial and cultural projects. Alongside architectural design, Megan leads Projects Office’s community consultations and feasibility studies, developing bespoke strategies for each project.
Megan has joined Newham as a Masterplanner for Beckton and North Woolwich. Her role involves carrying out research and analysis of both masterplan areas, developing an innovative meanwhile workspace strategy, leading an interactive community engagement programme to generate ideas, and working with the Project Manager to prepare tender documents for the procurement of a multi-disciplinary consortium headed up by an architectural practice in late 2020.
Housing Projects Manager
Megan is an architect specialising in community engagement, development, and placemaking. Before becoming an Associate, she was a project architect at Mæ Architects. There, she participated in a number of public exhibitions, stakeholder engagement workshops, and participatory design exercises, focusing on the creation of community-inclusive housing, public buildings and masterplans. In addition to her work in private practice, Megan has worked with local government and think tanks on the development and regeneration of social and community infrastructure, alongside urban strategy policies, papers and commissions.
Megan has also taught an undergraduate design studio at Monash University, Australia, focusing on everyday cultural practices undertaken by local communities and the role that urban infrastructure holds in supporting these practices. She is passionate about furthering research and development in the built environment, contributing to a number of architectural forums, debate panels, and journals.
Green Economy Policy & Delivery Officer
Mehrdad has over 15 years of experience in architecture, sustainability and design in roles across both professional practice and higher education. Most recently Mehrdad has acted as a consultant and advisor on a variety of indoor and outdoor air quality and environmental design related projects. His work has been presented regularly at conferences and symposia in both the UK and globally. Mehrdad’s doctoral research at the University of Westminster examines the effect of urban form on microclimate and air pollution concentration at pedestrian level. The findings of his studies will suggest the most favourable urban form capable of mitigating urban air pollution concentrations and further reducing its adverse health impacts.
Mehrdad has joined Islington as their Green Economy Policy and Delivery Officer to develop a green economy strategy as part of the council’s carbon net zero strategy. He is translating green policies and developments into a programme of green economy projects – with a view to greening local businesses, upskilling local residents and making best use of developments being initiated elsewhere in the council or its partners.
Senior Town Centre Project Manager
Mei is an architect with experience navigating diverse cultural environments in the UK and abroad, working with both private and public sector clients. This has included pro-bono and private practice in Cambodia, Vietnam and the Dogon Region in the pursuit of enabling a circular economy to empower communities beyond the physical building. Her architectural experience in the UK spans across the heritage, education, and healthcare sectors, and includes wider community engagement experience on regeneration schemes.
She believes the key to facilitating sustainable development is interdisciplinary collaboration and a fully public agenda to raise the voices of marginalised local communities in the built environment.
Prior to joining Public Practice, Merve was an architect with experience across scales and sectors, from large-scale mixed-use, commercial schemes to smaller civic projects. Most recently she had worked as project architect for AHMM, combining this with leading a design studio at the Architectural Association.
As part of the fourth cohort of Public Practice as a Projects Officer in the Policy and Implementation Team at Epping Forest District Council, Merve’s work focused on the Harlow and Gilston Garden Town Communities, and Strategic Masterplans and Concept Frameworks for other major sites. The role involved acting as the Council’s advocate for promoting high quality design and place shaping through policy and design advice.
You can contact Merve via her LinkedIn account.
Prior to joining Public Practice, Michael worked with London Community Land Trust to successfully bid for public land to build truly affordable community-led housing through the Greater London Authority’s Small Sites x Small Builders initiative. He was a consultee for the RIBA Ethics and Sustainability Commission and has been delivering research into the affordability of architectural education at Central Saint Martins.
Part of the second cohort of Public Practice, Michael joined Enfield’s Strategic Planning and Design Team as a Planning Officer in Urban Design. He led on managing the Council’s newly established Place and Design Quality Review Panel. He was involved in promoting the use of the Panel within Enfield and beyond, and he explored opportunities to expand its influence to improve emerging planning policy and other Council strategies and projects that have an impact on the quality and design of the built environment.
Michèle Young is an architect with 16 year’s of experience in the commercial office, education and mixed-use sectors in the UK and Europe. During this time she has developed expertise in project management and delivery, with substantial experience of coordination and relationship building with a wide range of stakeholders. Since 2010, she has moved into the international development and humanitarian sector, working with the Red Cross and Save the Children International, as well as independent consultancies. Her roles have involved policy development, climate action mitigation, disaster risk reduction practices, disaster response action, and capacity development of field staff and Government representatives.
In her role as Development Coordinator at Tower Hamlets, Michèle is pioneering an innovative new service to provide better coordination for construction activity across the Borough. Focusing on mitigating the negative impacts of construction on local residents and businesses, Michele is working on existing pilot works alongside coordinating demolition activities, logistics, environmental mitigation, meanwhile interventions, and relationship building to proactively find opportunities to better manage development delivery.
Transport Lead for Hemel Garden Communities
Michelle is an urban planning professional with experience working on a variety of projects for public and private sector clients, including managing zoning by-law amendment submissions, determining the strategic role of employment hubs, and providing strategic planning advice. She led the Markham Age-Friendly Design Guidelines process in Canada, aiming to improve outdoor spaces and high-rise housing for seniors and children.
Prior to joining Public Practice, Mina was an urbanist and placemaking professional. She is co-founder of Green Hands, an organisation which seeks to alleviate social isolation through the regeneration and better utilisation of urban green spaces. Since 2019, her team has been working with the local community to regenerate a 12,000 sq. ft. brownfield site in Newham, with support from the Mayor of London’s Greener City Fund.
As part of the fourth cohort of Public Practice, Mina joined the Community Wealth Building Directorate at Newham to support their work across a number of areas of work including housing delivery, regeneration and economic development. The Mayor of Newham recently launched the Council’s Community Wealth Building Strategy, which aims to achieve long-term prosperity, wellbeing and fairness for all residents by pursuing economic, social and environmental justice. Mina’s role involved working closely with the Director of Community Wealth Building on the governance and political dimensions of the programme, as well as supporting community engagement in practice.
You can contact Mina via her LinkedIn account.
Principal Strategy Officer
Molly is an urban planner and strategist focused on community-led planning and housing justice. She is passionate about blending people-centred approaches with data-driven analysis to support positive neighbourhood change.
Before becoming an Associate, Molly worked as a senior consultant with HR&A Advisors, a New York City based planning and economic development firm. There, she developed major strategic plans, resilience strategies, and open space governance frameworks, in addition to providing project management and strategic advisory services to local governments and affiliates across North America. Prior to that, she worked in mixed-use real estate development and policy in Vancouver.
While pursuing graduate studies in City Planning at UC Berkeley, Molly recommitted her practice to inclusive urban development. Her research explores the tensions between understanding housing as a social good versus a commodity. At Berkeley, Molly taught graduate and undergraduate courses on social justice-informed planning and research methods, and went on to develop course curricula for planning and design practitioners focused on anti-Black racism and Indigenous reconciliation.
Stewardship & Community Development Officer
Molly has over 20 years of experience working in built environment roles across quality assurance, sustainable landscape, and stakeholder engagement. Her work focuses on interdisciplinary planning, inclusive governance and co-design, supporting communities to have a say in infrastructure changes which directly impact them, while helping project teams to deliver more innovative, ecological and equitable solutions.
As part of the fifth cohort of Public Practice, Molly took on the role of Stewardship and Community Development Officer for East Herts District Council, where she has been working across the Harlow & Gilston Garden Town (HGGT) partnership to progress stewardship S106 commitments for Gilston. She stayed in the role after finishing the Associate Programme and is continuing her work with the five partnering authorities, developers, community and other key stakeholders, to build greater quality and equality into scalable stewardship and governance arrangements.
Her work includes developing the HGGT Stewardship Principles & Objectives that form the basis of all evolving stewardship approaches, including the emerging HGGT Stewardship Charter. Together with the cross-authority team and collaborators, she has also worked on the HGGT Quality of Life social value mapping and monitoring project funded by the DLUHC PropTech Engagement Fund. This work highlights the needs of the local community to inform future approaches to community-led stewardship, masterplanning, and monitoring. She recently presented the project at the House of Commons as part of an update session from the TCPA New Communities Group.
Molly has also established a Stewardship Working Group for local authorities, focused on climate resiliency, social equity, socio-economic benefit, and scaling up impact for new and existing communities.
You can contact Molly via her LinkedIn profile.
Planning Officer (Design)
Morgan is an architect with a range of experience across the residential sector at various scales from small house extensions to large estate regeneration projects. Prior to becoming an Associate, she worked on the Lakes Estate in Milton Keynes. Morgan took part in extensive consultation events with the existing residents to create a scheme which looks to improve the life of all the residents on the estate. Working within a multidisciplinary team, she helped to develop a proposal which ranged from small interventions to the existing green spaces, to a fundamental re-design of the local centre.
Morgan has keen interest in the design of equitable spaces and takes part in a number of volunteer roles which look to give young people and women a voice within the built environment. She is also a mentor for the RIBA Future Architects Scheme and Women In Architect Mentoring Programme.
Senior Design Officer
Nada Elfeituri is an architect and project manager with 5 years of experience in development practice within the built environment. Her work spans projects across local governance, planning policy, and community-led development, working internationally in countries including Libya, Myanmar, and the UK. Nada has managed multi- million euro projects funded by agencies such as the EU, DfID and UNHCR, and has led several research and consultation projects on urban development. She recently completed an M.Sc. in Building and Urban Design in Development at UCL.
As Senior Design Officer for Thurrock Borough Council, Nada is joining an emerging design team to support collaborative working across departments to join-up thinking via design-led projects and strategies. In particular Nada is leading on charrettes and the production of Place Documents for two towns in Thurrock, following an ‘enquiry-by-design’ process trialled by the Council with the support of MHCLG. She is also involved more broadly with championing design quality through advising on a wide range of other projects.
Senior Design Officer
Natalie is an architect and diversity champion with an interest in the ethical production of our built environment. She has worked in design-led architectural studios to collaboratively deliver a number of projects across sectors, more recently moving into local government and gaining experience in spatial policy.
Specialising in placemaking, housing, inclusivity and sustainable design, Natalie also follows intersectional feminism and uses a number of research and practice methods such as storytelling, engagement, and film. Natalie created and implemented Sarah Wigglesworth Architect’s equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) vision. Since joining Croydon Council, she has continued to be a champion for EDI through an internal training programme and the Equality Impact Assessment of the Croydon Local Plan review.
As Senior Designer Officer at Hackney, Natalie provides technical expertise, strategic advice and guidance to internal and external project teams to ensure that Hackney’s regeneration programmes continue to deliver high-quality housing in well-designed neighbourhoods.
Senior Project Officer
Natalie is an urban and community planner with a passion for creating equitable places. Prior to her master's in Building and Urban Design in Development at UCL, she worked for a First Nation community in Canada to further its Comprehensive Community Plan initiatives, including community engagement and strategic planning for the community’s census and its first multi-family housing project. In addition, she worked for a Canadian municipality, reviewing planning applications and conducting research to inform policy decisions, as well as drafting a new zoning by-law.
Outside of work, she volunteers for Women Transforming Cities, an organisation focused on investigating systemic barriers through an intersectional feminist lens and highlighting women-friendly cities.
Urban Design Officer
Natasha is an engineer, architect, and urbanist with a focus on sustainability and design. Whilst working as a structural engineer, she contributed to a variety of specialist projects including residential, commercial and cultural buildings and gained experience in project management.
To broaden her design knowledge of the built environment, Natasha completed a master's degree in Architecture, Urbanism and Building Sciences at TU Delft in the Netherlands. During this academic period Natasha focused on reuse, local materials and circular living. Prior to becoming an Associate, she worked for a small studio in Amsterdam alongside leading designers in the field of circular, reusable and bio-based architectural design.
Natasha is a multidisciplinary designer who has worked across architecture, urban design and public art, developing her career at award-winning practices before founding her own firm, MATTER . SPACE . SOUL, in 2014. She specialises in designing for people’s wellbeing, with experience across housing, workspace, hospitality, cultural spaces, public space and masterplanning. Natasha advocates for human-centred approaches to design and innovative solutions to pressing societal issues. Alongside her design projects, she is a Fellow of the Centre for Conscious Design and an Associate of the Quality of Life Foundation.
Senior Conservation & Design Officer
Natasha is a designer with a background in architecture. She has extensive experience in private architectural practices, specialising in refurbishing, altering, and restoring existing buildings, including Grade II Listed structures.
She has worked closely with clients from feasibility to technical design, obtaining planning permission and Listed Building Consents in England, Scotland, and Wales.
Before joining the Associate Programme, Natasha completed an MA in Urban Design and Planning, where her thesis explored youth-led street design. As part of this research, she engaged with local school children through co-design workshops, aiming to empower and involve them in shaping their own communities.
Principal Urban Design Officer
Neha is an urbanist with an architecture and planning background. She brings a range of project experience from concept design through to implementation of masterplans, playing a key role in a number of award-winning regeneration projects – most recently with AECOM. Neha is a built environment expert on a number of Design Review panels for London Boroughs and a regular visiting critic and guest tutor at the Bartlett, UCL. She is an active champion of diversity, equality and community initiatives.
Taking on the role of Principal Urban Design Officer at Havering, Neha is joining the Strategic Development team with the aim of putting placemaking at the heart of delivering sustainable development. She is advising on design across the whole planning process, from the Local Plan to Design Review, regeneration initiatives, and strategic applications.
Place Making & Community Engagement Officer
Niamh is a qualified architect with experience at both the architectural and urban scale, and across sectors and typologies. Most recently she has been delivering a Good Growth funded project in Tottenham in collaboration with the GLA and Haringey Council. Niamh has also devised design codes for Hackney Council providing guidance on estate refurbishment, and developed a Signage and Colour coding strategy to guide maintenance works across the entirety of Hackney Council’s housing stock.
Taking on the role of Placemaking and Community Engagement Officer at Redbridge, Niamh is working between the council’s Planning Policy and Community Hubs teams to help deliver a flagship Community Hubs programme. This is a new place-based initiative to co-design hubs across the borough, involving residents more centrally in decisions about their communities, and supporting them to define and deliver their own services. Her role also involves supporting collaboration with residents across different parts of the council in relation to community engagement in planning policy and place shaping.
Principal Urban Design Officer
Nick is an experienced architect specialising in residential design. With over twenty years in the field, he has a strong belief in collaborative working and a pragmatic, team-based approach to design. His expertise includes masterplanning, urban design, and architectural design for major schemes, particularly in estate renewal and urban regeneration projects. Many of these projects required a strategic approach and extensive resident engagement to develop the project brief.
Nick has a keen interest in historic buildings and structures, leading him to establish his own practice focused on smaller heritage buildings.
Prior to joining Public Practice, Nicola was a project manager with extensive experience of managing multi-utility projects from feasibility to project handover for organisations including UK Power Networks and Thames Water. As Utilities and Infrastructure Project Manager at Ebbsfleet Development Corporation, Nicola secured HM Treasury approval for a groundbreaking business case that enabled the Government to invest in electricity infrastructure for the first time, unlocking the electricity deficit for Ebbsfleet Garden City.
As part of the fourth cohort of Public Practice, Nicola took on the role of Infrastructure Coordinator at Westminster, which is part of a new London-wide infrastructure coordination service, in partnership with the GLA. The service facilitates liaison between developers and infrastructure asset owners to proactively plan, design and construct London’s infrastructure. Nicola played a key role in providing design advice and coordination, informing local policy and plans, and developing and implementing innovative infrastructure that contributes to more liveable, healthy, sustainable and biodiverse places.
You can contact Nicola via her LinkedIn account.
You can view Nicola's Associate Story video here.
Nicola is a qualified architect and project leader with experience across many typologies and procurement routes. Her work has ranged from small architectural interventions to larger scale urban design projects. Her focus is the delivery of affordable housing schemes for local authorities and housing associations, where complex sites and tight budgets require innovative solutions. Her expertise in community engagement strategies led to a strong focus on place and considered integration into existing communities for these projects.
Most recently she completed the delivery of Phase 2 of a project for Morley College in Southwark. Nicola has also coordinated the submission of numerous successful framework bids and run the subsequent organisational relationship, with a focus on collaboration between teams.
Nisa is an architect with a passion for urban research and planning. She completed her master's in City Design and Social Sciences at LSE where she focused on urban migration and ephemeral urbanism.
As an urban enthusiast, she is interested in understanding the impact of strategic planning within urban environments. She has experience working on large-scale projects related to placemaking, blue-green infrastructure and urban regeneration both in the UK and India. As an urban consultant with Mod Foundation, she worked closely with the State Government of Karnataka on mission projects that advocated for the regeneration and reimagination of environmental assets in the rapidly concretised city of Bengaluru.
Digital First Lead
Nissa is a chartered planner and an expert in digital transformation and innovation within the planning and development field. She has a background in planning consultancy and technology within the built environment. She has a strong track record in shaping, delivering and securing strategic projects and programmes, most notably in the field of digital planning (i.e. Plantech). She has demonstrated her ability to secure funding through complex bidding processes (such as ESPON and Innovate). In March 2020, she was recognised as a ‘Women of Influence’ by The Planner magazine due to her contribution to the digitisation of the planning sector whilst working at the Connected Places Catapult.
As Digital First Lead for the Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Service, Nissa is leading on the development of technical solutions for the Authority’s first digital Local Plan. At the core of Nissa’s role is democratising and widening the plan-making process through technology, ensuring that the Local Plan meets the needs of its varied users.
Contact Nissa via their LinkedIn profile.
High Street Recovery Lead
Nkechi has over 15 years local government experience completing outcome-based research projects and delivering high profile service improvement and change projects in a range of council services including homeless-ness prevention, housing provision and regeneration. At Brent she managed the infrastructure delivery plan, including developing infrastructure policy, managing S106 projects and an award winning CIL programme. Most recently she has been developing strategic interventions and construction packages to improve Oxford Street’s public realm at Westminster City Council. Nkechi is also on the steering group of a local community-led housing organisation.
Nkechi has taken on the role of High Street Recovery Lead at Kingston, where her focus is on delivering the agreed objectives of the Kingston Economic Recovery Taskforce. This includes addressing unemployment through actions on skills and employment, inward investment in high streets, and the transition to green economy and digital inclusion. She is project leading on the development of adaptive strategies and bespoke programmes for town centre diversification and renewal through innovation and experimentation.
NOOR ALIYA JAN-MOHAMED
Senior Planning & Project Officer
Noor is an architect who has gained experience across a variety of sectors and scales, having worked for award-winning architectural firms both in the UK and internationally. Before becoming an Associate, she worked at Burd Haward Architects, where she assisted in the delivery of cultural and historical projects in sensitive sites, residential schemes and the development of a housing-led masterplan. While completing her master’s, she won two community-led competitions, working alongside her colleagues to deliver small projects in the North East of England.
She is a design tutor and seminar leader at Newcastle University, and focuses on interrogating the way that architecture is influenced by social constructs and how this has often resulted in the voices of the most marginalised in society being left unheard or underrepresented.
Economic Development Officer
Oliver is an architect with over 7 years’ experience spanning sectors including culture, masterplanning, heritage, workplace, residential, and light industrial. Throughout these roles he has built partnerships with a wide range of public, private and third sector organisations and developed an understanding of the contexts they operate in, along with the value of each in creating the successful local centres that are critical in fostering local communities, identity and pride.
He places sustainability, equity, diversity and inclusion at the centre of his work. In his previous role, Oliver led the implementation of inclusive practices in training, recruitment, advocacy, and communications.
Before joining Public Practice, Oliver was a Senior Architect at Tigg Coll Architects, specialising in the residential and heritage sectors. His experience ranges from bespoke houses to award-winning student accommodation projects, through to masterplanning new communities and public spaces across London. He has a keen interest in the history and theory of architecture and planning and has previously researched alternative methods of housing development in order to provide cheaper, larger and better-designed accommodation.
Part of the second cohort of Public Practice, Oliver was a Senior Urban Designer at Haringey Council, he worked on a broad scope of strategic, delivery-focused, and research-based projects. His role involved preparing design briefs for major housing regeneration masterplans; developing place-based strategies for Haringey’s local centres; assisting with the coordination and delivery of public realm projects; providing evidence to inform design related policy; and design-based research into reimagining redundant Council buildings.
Olivia is an urban designer, planner and economist. Prior to joining Public Practice, she worked at Atkins on projects in the UK and abroad spanning strategic planning and policy, masterplanning, economic development and impact assessment. Olivia pursued her interest in promoting social inclusion through research at the University of Cambridge and the Bartlett, including her Masters thesis which proposed design principles and processes to enhance the public's ability to shape public spaces whilst providing counter-terror security.
Part of the second cohort of Public Practice, Olivia took on the role of Urban Design Officer for Hemel Garden Communities, a major urban extension of Hemel Hempstead. Based at Dacorum Borough Council, she provided specialist urban design guidance to support the Council’s strategic planning and development management services. She led the development of an engagement strategy for local communities, Councillors and stakeholders, and set up Dacorum’s first Community Review Panel.
Community Activation & Engagement Manager
Olivia is a community engagement and placemaking consultant with a Masters in Urban Studies. Her extensive experience includes the delivery of community consultation and stakeholder engagement on some of London’s largest and most high-profile projects, from the regeneration of Elephant & Castle to the longest public art project in the world, Illuminated River. During her time working at a placemaking consultancy she was involved in delivering community-focussed festivals and arts projects that aimed to engage people with local change and development.
Olivia joined the programme as Community Activation and Engagement Manager at Waltham Forest, where she is engaging with businesses, community groups, and local stakeholders as part of the masterplan and development management process for the major growth area of Lea Bridge. She is also supporting high street activation projects and events, including helping to establish a new market in Lea Bridge, deal with vacant units and attract new businesses to the area.
Green Infrastructure Officer
Omri is an urban designer and landscape architect specialising in public realm projects. Most recently, at Shlomo Aronson, Omri worked across a range of urban design and planning projects including the Jerusalem open spaces strategy where he wrote strategic planning guidance, produced geospatial analysis and engaged with different stakeholders. Previously at Gillespies, he was involved in several large-scale public realm schemes from concept to detailed design, placemaking projects and city centre regeneration masterplans. Omri’s MSc dissertation, which investigated how London’s railway arches could be regenerated in a more socially inclusive way, was shortlisted for the National Urban Design Award 2020.
Omri has joined Somerset West and Taunton council as Green Infrastructure Officer. His role is focused on providing specialist project delivery capacity to facilitate the negotiation and delivery of key green infrastructure projects in Taunton Garden Town. He is also involved in a project to address water quality issues affecting the Somerset Levels and Moors Ramsar site by identifying a number of nature-based solutions to reduce the level of phosphates.
Masterplan Project Manager
Patrick is an architect with particular expertise in community-led residential design and the master planning of new estates. He has spent the last 8-years at Karakusevic-Carson Architects where he was involved in the Bacton Estate redevelopment in Camden – working alongside the council and the Tenants and Residents Association who were instrumental in the design and delivery of the project. More recently, he has worked on the redevelopment of a series of TfL-owned car-parks to provide affordable housing in Harrow.
Patrick joined Waltham Forest as Masterplan Project Manager to manage a collaborative project with the GLA to redevelop the Blackhorse Lane Strategic Industrial Location – a comprehensive industrial-led master plan that will inform how other industrial locations across London can be strategically planned. His role involves commissioning and producing the masterplan and engagement strategy, as well as developing key stakeholder relationships and working across council departments.
Paul is a Part III qualified architectural professional and urban designer, having gained international experience in Hong Kong, Los Angeles, London, and his native Toronto. Prior to joining Public Practice, Paul was an Associate at Formation Architects, where he was the lead designer on large-scale residential developments across various typologies, including co-living and student accommodation. He specialises in evaluating highly constrained sites and engaging with various stakeholders to optimise quality and value for all.
Paul joined Public Practice from Hyas Associates, where he supported the delivery of large scale, housing-led developments through the planning and masterplanning process. Most recently, prior to joining Public Practice, he led on visioning and concept planning for 10,000 new homes at St Cuthbert’s Garden Village in Carlisle; a masterplan framework at Bailrigg Garden Village, Lancaster for 3,500 new homes; and a concept framework at Culm Garden Village, Devon. Previously, Paul held a variety of roles at the Building Research Establishment (BRE), and worked with the Advisory Team for Large Applications (ATLAS) at the Homes and Communities Agency.
As part of the fourth cohort of Public Practice as Strategic Masterplanner for Bedford Borough Council, Paul led on discussions on new settlements, garden villages and strategic urban extensions; influenced masterplans; mentored policy staff and developing in-house skills; and assisted in the preparation of bids for government funding. He also worked as part of the Policy Team to develop options for the Local Plan 2040, in preparation for consultation in 2021.
You can contact Paul via his LinkedIn account.
Place Shaping Engagement Coordinator
Paula is a social anthropologist with experience in applied urban research, community engagement and place-making strategy. Prior to joining Public Practice, Paula was an Associate Partner within the Urban Design Group at Foster + Partners, where she worked across geographies and scales on developing people-centred visions, strategies, and briefs. Before entering the built environment sector, Paula worked within the R&D department at MoMA in New York, and at restaurant Noma’s think tank MAD in Copenhagen.
Prior to joining Public Practice, Peter was an architect and urban designer, with experience leading complex projects with large design teams and multiple stakeholders at both urban and architectural scale. At Studio Egret West his experience spanned residential, mixed-use buildings which he managed from conception to completion, to taking large masterplans through planning. Peter is also an active member of the Community Land Trust RUSS, leading member workshops, setting the strategic brief and advising on the appointment of consultants.
As part of the fourth cohort of Public Practice at Dartford, Peter provided design expertise in his role as Principal Urban Designer to shape Dartford Town Centre. He developed design guidance for specific areas and topics and gave design advice on planning applications. He was also involved in the Crossrail extension study, assessing the development capacity of sites and advising on transport and public realm improvement projects.
You can contact Peter via his LinkedIn account.
Senior Project Manager (Net Zero)
Peter is an architect with over 25 years of experience. Before joining the Associate Programme, he was the director and practice leader of Cullinan Studio, a renowned architectural firm known for collaboration, innovation, and social and environmental sustainability.
Peter is an accredited practitioner for the Integrated Project Insurance (IPI) procurement contract, a radical approach to collaborative alliancing. He is also a certified Passive House designer and has extensive experience in net-zero carbon design. He is passionate about designing with a focus on waste reduction for the benefit of future generations.
PETER VAN DER ZWAN
Principal Planning Officer
Peter is an architect with 17 years of experience in the UK and US. He has led projects in large scale housing regeneration, urban design, and infrastructure while in his previous roles at Pollard Thomas Edwards and Hawkins\Brown in London. He led a multidisciplinary team through three phases of the South Kilburn Regeneration programme. In addition, he worked on the masterplan, design code and infrastructure for a new 2,600-home garden village in Surrey and two Passivhaus urban extensions in Oxfordshire.
Peter believes in designing buildings that are sensitive to their context and has a fascination for buildings and communities designed around active transport. He is an alumnus of the Future London Leaders programme and a past RIBA student mentor.
Senior Infrastructure Planner
Phil is a planner with experience in planning policy, transport planning and GIS, and most recently worked as an environmental planner at Surrey County Council. Phil completed his MSc in Spatial Planning at UCL, where he pursued his interests in urban design, urban green space and social sustainability, with a focus on social justice. Phil had a leading role in the preparation of a new Waste Local Plan for Surrey and is experienced in strategic planning, stakeholder engagement and undertaking planning research.
Joining the GLA’s Infrastructure Coordination service as a Senior Infrastructure Planning & Policy Officer, Phil worked on strategy and policy development in partnership with stakeholders, to ensure better planning and delivery of infrastructure in the capital. His role focused on building a clearer picture of development infrastructure requirements ahead of need in an integrated way, to enable the more timely and effective delivery of development and to support the goal of well-coordinated good growth for London.
Philippa is a Chartered Engineer with 16 years of experience in development, working for both private developers and local authorities. She has led the delivery and project management of a variety of projects from major road planning applications to the strategic planning and design of infrastructure on multiphase mixed-use developments. She has expert knowledge of the planning process and extensive experience in assessing technical and commercial viability.
Preena is an architect with over four years of professional experience in the architectural industry, predominantly on small to medium scale residential, commercial and cultural projects in Leeds and London, including listed buildings and conservation areas.
She has worked with a range of consultants and clients, including developers, large corporations, small businesses and domestic clients to take several projects from concept design successfully through to planning and tender, as well as overseen construction on multiple projects.
Before becoming an Associate, Preena worked on a new build nursery, engaging nursery children within the design process to create a sensory room for children with Special Education Needs. Preena has a particular interest in using bottom-up design processes to build briefs that ensure spaces and places consider inclusivity and accessibility for all users.
Principal Urban Design Officer
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. She has initiated and led a co-housing project and taught at several universities.
Part of the first cohort of Public Practice, Rachel joined the Neighbourhoods Directorate in Havering Council as Principal Urban Design Officer. In this role, she provided design advice on the Borough’s estate regeneration programme, input into a masterplan for Romford, advised on pre-applications for strategic sites, led on setting up a design review panel and worked to embed design into the development management process.
Infrastructure & Development Coordination Lead
Rachel is a chartered structural engineer, most recently at engineering firm Engenuiti as an Associate Director. She has delivered new-build projects across the sport, cultural, educational and residential sectors, as well as the refurbishment of existing and historic structures. Rachel’s major projects include Oriam – Scotland’s Sports Performance Centre, the refurbishment of Westminster Abbey’s Cellarium and, recently, a series of exemplary housing developments for Brick by Brick in Croydon. Rachel has particular expertise in engineered timber, delivering talks for Wood for Good and the Building Centre, and is a Built Environment Expert for the Design Council.
In her role as Infrastructure and Development Coordination Lead, Rachel has joined Lambeth as part of a pioneering London-wide infrastructure coordination service in partnership with the GLA. The service facilitates liaison between developers and infrastructure asset owners to proactively plan, design and construct London’s infrastructure. Working within Lambeth’s Council infrastructure planning team, she is playing a key role in providing design advice and coordination, sharing best practice, informing local policy and plans, and researching, developing and implementing innovative infrastructure that reduces disruption and contributes to more liveable, healthy, sustainable and biodiverse places.
Programme Manager for Strategic Sites
Rachna is an urban planner with global experience in place-making and strategic planning, most recently with Buro Happold & Happold Consulting. Working at the core of international multi-disciplinary teams, Rachna has developed masterplans, formulated strategies and reports for public dissemination, prepared financial models and led feasibility studies on various urban plans, projects and programmes. She teaches at the Bartlett School of Planning where she also recently completed her doctoral thesis in Urban Sustainability and Resilience.
Rachna has taken on the role of Programme Manager for Strategic Sites at Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Service, a recently formed joint service between Cambridge City and South Cambridgeshire District Council. Her role involves delivering a complex programme of planning performance agreements across a diverse range of strategic scale planning applications throughout Greater Cambridge. She is also contributing to service-wide improvement projects to rethink practice and introduce new ways of working to development managers, planning policy and specialist consultancy teams.
Prior to joining Public Practice, Rafe Bertram worked for Foster+Partners for 18 years, running projects ranging from tents for the Red Cross to retail venues for Apple and eco smart cities. Sustainability is Rafe’s personal passion and he approaches each project as a vital opportunity to diminish environmental impact and enhance social benefit. Some of his most recent projects are smart sustainable cities in California, a masterplan for an evolving university campus in England and innovation in prefabricated buildings.
As part of the third cohort of Public Practice, as Sustainability Lead for Meridian Water, Enfield’s flagship £7bn regeneration programme of an 85-hectare site, Rafe worked with Directors, Heads of Service, the community and partners to drive Enfield’s vision for Meridian Water as the greenest development in London. He formulated and implemented a strategic approach to making Meridian Water a low carbon area, including building energy-efficient homes, integrating sustainable transport options, making excellent use of water, improving air quality, ensuring the development of a healthier place and significantly reducing the use of non-renewable resources.
Rafe is now Sustainability Facilitator at Enfield Council, continuing his work on embedding climate strategy at each stage of the project process. He developed a Job Description Template to aid Authorities in defining the role of a Sustainability Facilitator in their own teams.
You can contact Rafe via his LinkedIn account.
You can watch Rafe's Associate Story video here.
Place Shaping Officer
Ramiro is a Brazilian-trained architect, urban designer and planner. Prior to joining Public Practice, he held different roles coordinating multi-disciplinary teams on projects in the public, private and third sectors. From 2009 to 2013 he worked on projects related to the network of public spaces and parks design in São Paulo, his home town. Since 2013 he acted as a consultant on public policies focused on city-wide municipal urban development, sanitation and mobility plans through Risco arquitetura urbana, having led social-spatial diagnosis and planning initiatives focused on inclusion, equity and right to the city in 17 different Brazilian municipalities. In 2014, Ramiro also co-founded Cidade Ativa, a not-for-profit organisation recognised for its leading role on walkability and active design in Brazil.
Part of the second cohort of Public Practice, Ramiro joined Westminster City Council as a Placemaking Officer. He contributed to developing the Council’s sustainable, place-shaping strategies across key priority areas such as Paddington, Victoria and Harrow Road.
RAUL BIELSA PEREZ
Prior to joining Public Practice, Raúl was an urban designer with an interest in global urban and territorial transformation and a focus on urban research, interactive cartographies, policies and landscape. At Prior + Partners he was involved in projects in the UK and the US focusing on strategic visions, urban frameworks, masterplanning and urban and landscape design.
As part of the fourth cohort of Public Practice as Urban Designer at St Albans City and District Council, Raúl provided specialist urban design expertise and capacity on the development briefing, masterplanning and detailed design guidance for a series of major urban extensions, including Hemel Garden Communities. His work involved negotiating with landowners, developers and professional teams to achieve improved design outcomes, as well as facilitating and contributing to design review and community consultation.
You can contact Raúl via his LinkedIn account.
Senior Town Centre Project Officer
Rebecca is a project manager with extensive experience in client management, stakeholder engagement and the planning and delivery of large-scale creative projects in the public realm, from architectural lighting and wayfinding, to experiential installations.
Before becoming an Associate, they worked with BIDs, Town Centre Partnerships, local authorities and property asset managers, responding to placemaking and public realm briefs that require a holistic approach to infrastructure, creativity and the shaping of place identity.
Rebecca believes people are at the core of healthy, equitable places and their previous work has inspired a desire to embed community involvement and sustainability in all facets of public realm design.
Heritage & Conservation Lead
Rebecca is an architect with experience in multidisciplinary coordination and strategic oversight, most recently working in the Heritage & Culture team at BDP on the renovation of a prominent Grade II-listed building in Belgravia. She has previously coordinated Harrow Council’s Design Review Panel, and worked with CarverHaggard and Karakusevic Carson Architects on a variety of residential, estate regeneration, community and public projects. Rebecca also sits on the board of Action on Empty Homes, advocating to bring empty housing into use for people in need, and mentors on the Built By Us FLUID Diversity Mentoring Programme.
As Heritage and Conservation Lead for Kingston, Rebecca is lead advisor in respect of heritage and conservation – including any development or works to listed and historic buildings and other heritage structures and Conservation Areas – liaising with internal and external clients, stakeholders and the general public to manage change. Placed within Kingston’s Regeneration & Economic Recovery Team, her primary focus is to support the council’s significant heritage-led regeneration and renewal programme, together with feeding into the new Local Plan and other forthcoming spatial strategies.
Prior to joining Public Practice, Renzo was an architect who had worked in the housing sector for almost a decade. He has experience of housing projects at a range of scales – from an award-winning new neighbourhood on an ex-industrial site in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, to re-knitting the urban fabric through infill sites in south London. He focussed on affordable housing for the elderly in London, developing expertise in designing for vulnerable residents.
As part of the fourth cohort of Public Practice, Renzo took on the role of Strategic Planning and Design Officer at LB Enfield to promote cross-cutting work across areas of place-based planning, planning policy, heritage, urban design and development management. He helped to guide schemes through the development management process, preparing major mixed-use development feasibility and site capacity studies and formulating design policy, guidance and codes.
You can contact Renzo via his LinkedIn account.
Senior Project Officer – Strategic Coordination
Richard has a unique technical skillset that lies at the intersection of urban planning, civil engineering, and environmental science. He has worked on projects in various geographies – from Western to Eastern Canada, the Arctic, Central America, Europe, and Japan – offering him a distinctive perspective on urban issues. As a licensed Professional Civil Engineer, Richard has successfully managed a portfolio of 35+ real estate and infrastructure development projects totalling $30 million. Additionally, as a part-time student at the University of Oxford, Richard is undertaking a Sustainable Urban Development masters program, where he intends to apply his education from academia to the public sector and vice versa.
Principal Planning Officer
Richard is an experienced architect, having spent the last 13 years with Penoyre and Prasad where was involved in masterplanning, public realm design, affordable housing, innovation in prefabrication, extra care and care home design. He led the team that co-created the Andover Estate Development Plan together with residents, a multidisciplinary team of professionals, officers from various LB Islington departments and thirteen different organisations. The masterplan won the Placemaking Awards in 2013 and is now under construction.
Taking on the role of Principal Planning Officer, Richard is guiding the development masterplans for Harlow and Gilston Garden Town, an ambitious new community led by a partnership of five Authorities informed by TCPA Garden City principles. His role also involves managing the planning and delivery of the Princess Alexandra Hospital – the first post-COVID hospital.
Roo has over twenty-five years’ experience as an architect specialising in residential design. As director at Pollard Thomas Edwards (PTE) between 2001- 2008, he led award-winning regeneration projects across the UK and established PTE’s first regional office. His career ranges from master-planning and project management to detailed design and his approach to community engagement has won awards for residential and dementia projects. His pro-active approach has included setting up his own beneficial development company supporting enfranchised leaseholders struggling to refurbish their own homes. Roo has also taught Professional Practice at London South Bank University from 2008 to 2016.
Roo has joined Oxford City Council as Regeneration Manager to support the delivery of two major regeneration schemes that present a once in a generation opportunity to make a step-change in the physical and social environments of two of Oxford’s biggest and most important housing estates.
ROSA APPLEBY ALIS
Senior Urban Design Officer
Prior to joining Public Practice, Rosa was an architect with experience from the scale of the one-off residential project to masterplanning new neighbourhoods. In her most recent role as project architect at ZCD Architects, as well as architectural work, she mentored junior members of staff, and prepared community engagement sessions. Before joining ZCD, she was employed at Farrells, contributing to masterplanning Old Oak Common and advocacy for Gatwick Airport. She has also produced site specific installations and films exploring how expectations of space influence behaviour and is keen to find ways to enhance sustainability and aesthetic appeal in the built environment.
As part of the fourth cohort of Public Practice, as Senior Urban Design Officer at Oxford City Council, Rosa joined the Urban Design and Heritage team to raise the profile and standard of design across the city. Her role involved inputting into major residential and regeneration projects as well as planning policy, and providing mentoring and advice on design for team members.
Place Shaping Officer
Rose is an architect with experience across community and civic projects for both public and private sector clients. She brings experience from multi-award winning architecture practices, most recently at Jan Kattein Architects (JKA) where she has been actively involved in delivering a range of projects from strategic design to construction. Prior to working at JKA, she worked at Hopkins Architects on prestigious cultural, education, and sports projects.
At Westminster City Council, Rose is part of the Place Shaping team responsible for developing sustainable place strategies for areas of impending change, growth, and development including Strand & Aldwych, Victoria, Paddington, Thames Riverfront, Pimlico, and Soho. As Place Shaping Officer her role involves community and stakeholder engagement and embedding design quality alongside long-term management strategies to ensure change is aligned with longevity.
Development Engagement Officer
Rosie is an expert in community engagement and stakeholder management with a master's in Landscape Architecture. Her experience covers a range of projects where consultation and co-design are central, including landscape proposals for local green spaces and school grounds. At OPDC she led on communications and engagement for the corporation's first community co-design project to rejuvenate three pocket parks within a development area of regional significance.
Rosie has experience working with communities in the UK and abroad having taken part in Sichuan University’s Immersion Programme and worked in a voluntary capacity with CAUKIN. With a passion for community-driven projects and inspiring young people about the environment, she volunteers with Good Gym, Get Loose and Brightside.
Rosie is an architect and certified Passivhaus designer with expertise in sustainable design, having worked on Passivhaus schools, archives and other public buildings. She was the architect and Passivhaus designer for the RUSS Community Land Trust Church Grove project in Lewisham, where she developed the co-design process with the residents, as well as managed the technical aspects of the Passivhaus design. Rosie’s interest in alternative housing models led her to set up Sheffield Student Housing Co-operative, providing not-for-profit homes for students.
Rosie’s role as Small Sites Programme Senior Project Officer is supporting the delivery of the GLA’s innovative Small Sites - Small Builders programme, which has the twin aims of increasing the number of publicly owned small sites that are brought forward for development and increasing the capacity of SME housebuilders. Her work involves promoting the programme with London boroughs and other public landowners, reviewing funding applications, making recommendations for funding support, issuing grant agreements, working with public landowners to bring sites forward onto the programme, and monitoring delivery.
Principal Design Officer
Rosie is an architect with experience working for both private and public sector clients on projects that sit in the crossover between art, architecture and landscape design. She is the co-founder of the architecture practice site-office. Before becoming an Associate, she was project architect on various refurbishment projects that promoted the use of bio-based materials to upgrade the thermal performance of existing buildings.
She has previously worked with London-based practice muf architecture/art, where she gained experience in stakeholder engagement and the collaborative design of parks, public spaces and playgrounds. Having completed her qualifications alongside full-time work through the RIBA Studio programme, she is now teaching on the RIBA Foundation and advocates for alternative routes to access the architectural profession.
Prior to joining Public Practice, Rosie was a designer with experience working as a Landscape Architect at LUC, Studio Egret West and Spacehub - taking projects from concept through planning and into planning and construction. She has a particular interest in the transformational potential of landscape design for urban public spaces.
As part of the fourth cohort of Public Practice, Rosie took on the role of Landscape and Ecology Officer at Epping Forest District Council, joining the Policy and Implementation Team to facilitate the negotiation and delivery of the Harlow and Gilston Garden Town Communities. In particular, Rosie focused on mitigating the impact of development on the Epping Forest Special Area of Conservation.
Principal Placemaking & Regeneration Officer
Sahar is an architect specialising in transport infrastructure, including bridges, railways, airports, and public realm. She has gained valuable experience at AJ100 infrastructure practice Weston Williamson + Partners and specialist bridge designers Knight Architects.
Her master's thesis, titled "Solace Under Shade," received recognition for applied urban planning. Sahar is actively involved in architectural education, serving as a guest critic, tutor, and mentor at various institutions. She is dedicated to building a sustainable and inclusive world, constantly seeking opportunities for growth and development.
Principal Communications Officer
Sam has 20 years’ experience working across PR, production, business development and placemaking. She is a Co-Founder of PlaceLabs, a series of events and podcasts that cross-pollinate perspectives on placemaking, better cities and public spaces, and was previously Managing Director of event and placemaking production company Produce UK. Her recent focus has been working with artists and creatives and exploring how art and experiential placemaking can enhance and engage with communities to create better places to live, visit and work. Prior to working in placemaking and production Sam co-owned a PR and events agency for more than 16 years working with clients such as Tourism New Zealand, the BBC and Discovery Channel
Sam has joined the GLA’s Infrastructure team as Principal Communications Officer to develop innovative and creative ways to communicate their work, challenges and successes, as well as raising the profile of infrastructure as a key piece of the puzzle in planning and designing places. Her role involves proactively communicating infrastructure coordination messages across streets, planning, development services, and to a diverse audience including Londoners, businesses, works promoters and local authorities – helping to change behaviours and win hearts and minds.
Placemaking Projects Manager
Sanaa is an architect, educator, and activist who is passionate about creating inclusive spaces in the built environment. She has led large-scale regeneration projects in the UK and abroad, and in 2020, she founded Native Studio, an architecture practice dedicated to creating inclusive places.
She actively promotes wider participation in the industry from marginalised groups, and has conducted workshops with organisations like the Construction Youth Trust. She has also been involved in community installations that encourage community involvement in shaping the built environment.
Sanaa teaches at Oxford Brookes and Central Saint Martins, focusing on research related to the colonisation of space and spatial injustices, co-leading DECOSM — a think tank responding to associated spatial injustices. Additionally, she is trained in Passivhaus and PAS 2035 and is actively involved with the Architects Climate Action Network, working on strategies to address climate and ecological breakdown.
Before becoming an Associate, Sandhya was a project architect at ADP Architecture, a practice which focuses on sustainability, belonging and engagement across healthcare and schools. There, she led one of the biggest A&E reconfigurations in the UK.
Previously, Sandhya worked in private architectural practice where she gained experience in residential, commercial and community schemes. She led workshops with local schools for Newham Heritage Month, encouraging young people to think about their community infrastructure.
In 2018, she was selected by the British Council to participate in the Venice Biennale Fellowship Programme. Her research was later exhibited at RIBA North.
Sandhya is dedicated to making changes within the profession. She volunteers as a Women in Architecture (WiA) mentor, a scheme that aims to support women and people of marginalised genders. She is interested in applying her technical acumen and communication skills, alongside her lived experiences, to better assist local communities.
Prior to joining Public Practice, Sarah was an architect with broad experience across scale and stages, previously at Gianni Botsford and Roger Stirk Harbour and Partners, and most recently as Director at Fourfoursixsix. Her experiences are diverse, from 1:1 scale bookshelf joints in Costa Rica to 1:1000 scale of re-imagining the air space above New York's Bus-Terminal.
As part of the fourth cohort of Public Practice, Sarah took on the role of Masterplan Project Manager at Waltham Forest, where she led on masterplanning two strategic growth areas: the A406 Corridor Strategic Location and the New Spitalfields / West Leyton Area of Change and Opportunity Area, with a view to influencing policies in the emerging Local Plan and the Strategic Site Allocations Development Plan Document. Her role involved building a strong relationship with stakeholders and acting as a bridge between the Council and the community, establishing a delivery programme of short, medium and long term interventions, and project managing the implementation of both masterplans.
You can contact Sarah via her LinkedIn account.
Local Plan Community Engagement Officer
Sarah is a multidisciplinary place-branding professional with extensive experience in working with placemaking consultancies. Sarah has delivered engaging brands for mixed-use, commercial and residential schemes of varying scales, including the brand strategies for Peabody in the major growth area of Barking and Dagenham. She has led UK and international place-branding, regeneration and culture projects focussing on research, strategic positioning and human-centred design.
Community engagement is at the centre of her approach. Her work includes engaging digital, motion and social media marketing concepts positioned at investors, local communities and potential occupiers.
Place Shaping Officer
Saskia is an architectural designer with four years of professional experience as in London and Copenhagen – most recently with Untitled Practice where she is part of a team developing the Aylesbury ‘Gardenway’ route – 13 miles of continuous green infrastructure parkland. Prior to this, Saskia worked on public realm projects across London at Publica. She also has the first-hand experience of community-led landscape design – developing proposals for the social and economic renewal of Treherbert, a post-industrial community in the Upper Rhondda.
At Westminster City Council, Saskia is part of the Place Shaping team responsible for developing sustainable place strategies for areas of impending change, growth, and development including Strand & Aldwych, Victoria, Paddington, Thames Riverfront, Pimlico, and Soho. As Place Shaping Officer her role involves community and stakeholder engagement and embedding design quality alongside long-term management strategies to ensure change is aligned with longevity.
Urban Design Lead
Scott is an urbanist with qualifications in urban design, architecture and planning. He has led projects in the UK, Australia and US, with particular expertise in promoting public realm-led design, leading multi-disciplinary teams and stakeholders, writing design guidance and developing urban design skills. He recently led design on large scale regeneration projects at HTA Design, including successful bids for Meridian One and Rochester Riverside, and contributed to Supurbia – HTA's approach to suburban intensification. In 2012, he was awarded the Australian Endeavour Executive Fellowship, joining the City Design Division at the City of Melbourne where he led the overall urban design vision for the new city centre.
As Urban Design Lead for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, Scott is providing the first dedicated urban design expertise within the planning directorate to help the Government deliver against its commitment to improve the design quality of homes and places. His role involves bringing urban design, placemaking, masterplanning and public realm skills to the design team whilst working with local authorities across England.
Prior to joining Public Practice, Sean was a Chartered Landscape Architect with experience in masterplanning, urban design and landscape and visual impact assessment for residential and mixed-use schemes, ranging from 10 - 10,000 new homes across all stages of planning. He is an advocate of landscape-led masterplanning and the role well-planned green infrastructure can play in creating healthy communities. Sean is a member of the Landscape Institute Climate and Biodiversity Emergency Response Panel and is also a mentor for candidates on the Landscape Institute's Pathway to Chartership
As part of the fourth cohort of Public Practice, as Strategic Masterplanner at East Herts District Council, Sean focused on the Harlow and Gilston Garden Town, leading on masterplanning work towards outline planning permission in mid-2020. His role was to ensure placemaking remains at the fore, providing professional support and coaching to colleagues in design.
You can contact Sean via his LinkedIn account.
Selasi is an architect and founder of Crystal Design Studios – an architectural studio which explores socially responsive approaches to design and architecture. Working with her mentor Elsie Owusu, she has also gained experience of housing and masterplanning. She is a RIBA trustee and Co-Vice President for Students and Associates, and co-founder of Black Females in Architecture, a network that aims to support and champion black/black mixed heritage females within the architecture/built environment.
Selasi is joining Barking and Dagenham’s regeneration body BeFirst as Project Manager for Small Sites Housing, where she is responsible for designing, establishing and leading a new small sites programme to promote innovative and community-led models of housing development.
Selma is a masterplanner and urban designer with experience across a broad range of projects from strategic level residential masterplans, to public realm and townscape schemes in the UK and abroad. Her strength lies in recognising the bigger picture and bringing various technical disciplines together for the benefit of sustainable communities.
Before becoming an Associate, she worked in a variety of contexts in the private sector, including a large design practice, a land development team in an engineering-led practice, and a masterplanning team. She has acted as a project manager and urban designer on many placemaking projects at various stages, from feasibility studies to outline and detailed planning applications.
Beyond her practice, she participates in the University of Westminster’s Ask a Mentor service and student Mentoring Scheme.
Principal Conservation Officer
Serena is an architect with experience working for public and private sector clients across a variety of project types, with a focus on heritage-led schemes. She has worked through all design stages to complete projects including the refurbishment of a listed museum, a new public square and new build libraries with listed building interfaces.
She has a keen interest in retrofit and reuse, and the design challenges brought about by improving performance and materiality of the vast disused building stock available. Before becoming an Associate, she worked on a Future High Streets Fund-backed scheme to renew and reshape a town centre that sits within a conservation area. A key focus of her work was the retention and refurbishment of a row of dilapidated Victorian buildings into facilities for community use, to drive growth and ensure future sustainability of the area.
Alongside her architectural work, Serena provides design support for a London-based, slow fashion label that champions the use of deadstock fabric to create ultra-small batch runs of gender inclusive clothing.
In her spare time, Serena also works for a food redistribution charity in London that fights to tackle food waste and hunger.
Shamiso is a spatial practitioner and designer, and joined Public Practice from We Made That where she has been part of the Urban Research team, applying her diverse skill-set to synthesise research outcomes, most recently for the GLA High Streets - Adaptive Strategies report. She has experience in research, establishing briefs, developing strategic frameworks and delivery of architectural projects, with previous roles at The Decorators, LSE Cities and Bennetts Associates. Shamiso has also written articles for FRAME and Blueprint magazines, and exhibited her work at Tate Modern and the London Design Festival.
As part of the fourth cohort of Public Practice, as Urban Design Officer at Haringey, Shamiso led on providing urban design expertise for both development management and policy formation within the Wood Green Opportunity Area, in particular steering developments at the pre-application stage. She also supported the running of the Council’s Quality Review Panel.
You can contact Shamiso via her LinkedIn account.
You can view Shamiso's Associate Story video here.
Sharon Giffen was an Associate Partner at Foster + Partners for 12 years, leading large-scale public projects with multi-disciplinary teams. Sharon studied at Cambridge University where she undertook on-the-ground research on the role of ‘self- build’ as a sustainable low-income housing solution. This culminated in the publication of her written thesis and presentation at the UNCHS Habitat regional workshop.
Part of the second cohort of Public Practice, Sharon took on the role of Design and Quality Manager at TfL. Her role was instrumental in building the Management team within the department and developing architectural and design briefs. She attended design team meetings, and secured quality and design priorities for individual projects across Private Rental Sector led projects, Commercial Development planning team and their Joint Venture partner. These included mixed-use, PRS led projects of between 300 and 2,000 homes.
Assistant Urban Designer
Sheeba is an urban designer and has 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.
Part of the first cohort of Public Practice, Sheeba joined the Urban Design Team at TfL as an Assistant Urban Designer. In this role, she provided design input and advice on a range of projects and schemes from area planning documents to streetscape designs. She inputted into urban integration and local connectivity strategies, and supported the development of project design principles for a range of projects. Sheeba was also involved in establishing and implementing design assurance systems for TfL, which included the establishment of a new protocol on the use of design reviews. She worked across teams and provided design input to tender briefs for various TfL led projects.
Senior Infrastructure Planner
Shoko is an urban planner, development practitioner and researcher with over 10 years of interdisciplinary experience across civil society, public and private sectors. Her work focuses on community development and integrating co-creation approaches to address urban challenges such as collective housing, urban safety, and community-led heat mitigation. As a planner, she contributed to various types of area development and stakeholder consultations including the regeneration of Shibuya district in Japan.
Her research centres on displacement, housing, and urban planning. She led the development of a digital platform for Yangon Stories, a research project made to support actions to prevent displacement. Her main interest is democratising the planning process by mainstreaming diverse voices and promoting co-creation.
Sílvia is an architect and urban planner, she joined Public Practice from the Urban Development Office at Viladecans’ City Council, Barcelona. With 18 years of experience in public planning, she has actively participated in the definition and management of major processes of urban transformation in Barcelona’s Metropolitan Area. Most recently, she managed multidisciplinary teams to regenerate an industrial area to deliver an innovative new district.
As part of the fourth cohort of Public Practice, at Waltham Forest, Sílvia worked on a range of regeneration projects in town centres across the Borough, with a focus on community-led regeneration in the north of the borough. She worked with local community groups and stakeholders to commission new public realm and develop high street strategies – scoping a pipeline of deliverable regeneration projects. In parallel, she fed into wider placemaking policy for the area and delivered small to medium-scale high street regeneration projects on the ground.
You can contact Sílvia via her LinkedIn account.
Sustainable Business Engagement Officer
Prior to becoming an Associate, Silvia was a sociology professional with a degree in Advertising and a Masters in Sustainable Cities. She had almost a decade of experience managing and consulting on behaviour change campaigns in the sustainability area, working for public sector clients including the Dutch Government and local councils in Amsterdam and St Albans, as well as private sector organisations. Outside of her work, Silvia is a Board Member and Treasurer of a social justice charity, which has successfully initiated a community energy project in North London.
Through the Associate Programme, she joined the London Borough of Barnet as a Sustainable Business Engagement Officer. She had a key role in supporting businesses and residents to shift towards more active travel across Barnet, with a particular focus on creating healthy streets. As part of the Barnet's economic recovery strategy following the pandemic, Silvia managed the Borough's £350k+ allocation of Reopening High Streets Safely Funding and co-ordinated a campaign to support the re-opening of the high street. She delivered on a range of Healthy and Accessible Streets initiatives, including a scheme for a business parklet, town centre pedestrianisation, a community toilet scheme, and an active travel campaign. Watch Silvia talk about her experience on the programme.
Housing Development Manager
Simon is an architect with extensive experience working in private architectural practice focussing on community-led housing development. Prior to becoming an Associate, he was a Senior Associate at Tigg Coll Architects. As well as holding an integral management position, he was responsible for leading numerous residential-led regeneration projects. This involved dealing with often complex community elements to deliver new affordable housing alongside important community facilities, with the aim of enriching local communities and creating places where people love to live.
Principal Economic Growth Officer
Before becoming a Public Practice Associate, Sophie was at Jestico + Whiles Architects, where she worked on education, community-use and residential projects. She developed the practice’s social value manifesto and founded the +Forum: an inclusive discussion platform, promoting collaborative and strategic thinking for the future of the practice. Sophie is also a RIBA Ambassador, Open City Design Mentor and visiting lecturer at the V&A.
In her first placement with Public Practice, Sophie joined the Greater London Authority and London Borough of Newham’s joint delivery team for the Royal Docks as a Planning and Design Advisor. Her role involved advising on best practice in planning and design, particularly on public realm and workspace projects and optimising the non-residential components of development schemes. Her role also involved proposing options to improve the strategic offer of the Enterprise Zone and providing design input to the new Custom House interchange.
Sophie entered the Associate Programme again in Spring 2020, when she was placed with the London Borough of Ealing as Principal Economic Growth Officer. She worked on two key Opportunity Areas at Southall and Northolt, assisting with S106 negotiations, leading on public engagement and developing a place-based strategy for delivery.
After completing the Associate Programme, Sophie continued her role at Ealing and has since led the Council’s successful bid for multi-million pound Levelling Up funding. She also joined the Public Practice team part-time as Learning Facilitator to share her knowledge and experience with new Associates joining the programme.
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Urban Design Officer
Sophie is an architect with experience in housing and masterplanning projects for both public and private sector clients in London, Dublin, and Zurich.
Before joining the Associate Programme, Sophie worked at Karakusevic Carson Architects on public housing schemes in London and at Henry J Lyons on the residential phases of Adamstown District Centre in Ireland.
Alongside her practice, Sophie is currently completing a part-time masters in Cities at Central Saint Martins, where she critically reflects on city-making conventions. Her research focuses on fostering long-term thinking in engagement practices by using dialogue and narrative as tools to organize and establish a slower relationship with time. Sophie is passionate about creating sustainable and thoughtful urban environments.
Design and 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 worked in urban research and in several award-winning architecture practices, most recently AHMM; working on mixed-use and residential schemes across London.
Part of the first cohort of Public Practice, Sophie joined the Growth & Regeneration team in Bexley Council as their Design and Delivery Coordinator. In this role she led 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.
Planning Officer / Urban Designer
Stephen is an architect and urban designer with expertise in mixed-use, residential-led and urban regeneration projects, and a specific focus on the creative revitalisation of urban centres. His most recent role has been with the Reef Group, a specialist developer working closely with local councils and stakeholders on strategic regeneration, using good design to have a lasting impact on local communities. Stephen is also a senior lecturer in Architectural History and Theory at London South Bank University and has previously been a studio tutor at Manchester School of Architecture. Stephen volunteers for the Mlambe Project, a charity using earth construction techniques to build educational infrastructure in rural Malawi.
Stephen’s placement with Southwark leads on renewing the Council’s approach to Town Centres and High Streets following the adoption of Southwark’s Local Plan. This includes developing an innovative research project on the impacts of COVID-19 for Southwark’s town centres, and developing policy recommendations to support a healthy and equitable recovery – focussing on Peckham, Camberwell, Walworth, Elephant and Castle and Lordship Lane.
Programme Manager (Low Carbon)
Steve has experience in leading design in a variety of sectors across building and masterplan scales. Before becoming an Associate, he led the Ebury estate regeneration project for Westminster City Council, having developed the residential-led mixed-use masterplan from feasibility, planning, to construction. He has also delivered schools for Tower Hamlets, several academies and a 6th form roll-out programme for Richmond and Kingston.
Steve studied at the Bartlett, where he was awarded a distinction in design and theory and later awarded the RIBA President’s Silver Medal, Serjeant Award, and iGuzzini Award. Continuing an interest in education and mentoring, Steve has been a part of critique panels for several architecture and engineering universities.
Sylvia is a planner with a background in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). She has worked on numerous projects in research and academia where she has applied her GIS skills, notably for an environmental research project at McGill University which investigated the spatial distribution of coastal habitats in North American, documenting ‘blue carbon’ sinks and possible threats to these habitats. Recently, as a planning consultant in the private sector, she has helped modernise how data is visualised and shared across the company using GIS. Outside work, Sylvia is leading an initiative to create a green corridor along a busy thoroughfare in Sheffield, as part of a strategy to encourage closer interaction between community groups and the council on built environment issues.
As Project Officer in the GLA’s Infrastructure team, Sylvia is working with the National Underground Asset Register (NUAR) – an innovative pilot project that began as a digital map of London’s underground assets to improve the safety and efficiency of utilities works and development. Now expanding nationally, Sylvia’s role is focused on stakeholder engagement, maintaining existing relationships and building new ones, demonstrating the tool, supporting new partners to use the platform. She is also providing GIS support and visualisation across the wider infrastructure team.
Principal Urban Designer
Sylvia is an urban designer with a background in architecture. She has particular knowledge and expertise in public realm, townscape and heritage analysis, as well as policy on urban design. Before becoming an Associate, she led the townscape team at a UK-based consultancy.
Outside of work, Sylvia pursues her research interests in sustainable cities and gender mainstreaming in urban planning.
Central Area Design Guidance Project Officer
Prior to becoming an Associate, Tamara was an architect who specialised in designing for historic settings and protected environments, with experience on listed buildings and new mixed-use urban developments. She supported Architecture Sans Frontières-UK as an associate since and is worked in London on community-based projects, as well as in Freetown, Sierra Leone, on Community Action Area Plans in informal settlements.
As part of the fourth cohort of Public Practice, Tamara took on the role of Central Area Design Guidance Project Officer at the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Together with fellow Public Practice Alumna, Mariana Schiller, she supported the delivery of an urban characterisation study and developed a set of urban design guidelines that help to deliver growth through the urban intensification of the borough. In July 2021, her work was published in the Central Area Good Growth Supplementary Planning Document (SPD). The document aims to support developers, designers and Council case officers in delivering sustainable growth whilst respecting the character of the area. Read more about the project in their case study on how Authorities can promote context-led design.
After successfully delivering the project and completing the Associate Programme, Tamara was appointed Place Shaping Design Officer and continued contributing to Tower Hamlets' urban development.
Senior Technical Project Officer
Tara is a chartered structural engineer, most recently with Arup’s Buildings Engineering Group where she has spent the last 6 years, including a year in the Advanced Technology & Research group working alongside existing building and timber specialists developing guidance and skill-sharing tools. Tara also co-leads the Urbanistas London network which aims to bring together women across the built environment industry. She is a visiting tutor at the London School of Architecture and the Bartlett.
As Senior Project Officer in the GLA’s Infrastructure team, Tara is playing a key role in identifying and delivering collaborative street works which aim to bring works promoters together to 'dig once' rather than in isolation, reducing disruption for Londoners. She is involved in reviewing potential collaborative opportunities, refining the review methodology, tracking the progress of schemes, and advising partners on maximising collaborations.
Tara Gbolade is the co-founder of Gbolade Design Studio and winner of the RIBAJ Rising Star award in 2018. She specialises in residential and mixed-use developments for public and private sector clients, creating homes and communities that are Design-led, Commercially viable, Innovative, and Sustainable. As an Architect, Passivhaus consultant, and BIM and generative-design champion, she has overseen and been involved in a range of mixed-use developments from 10 to 900 homes.
Part of the second cohort of Public Practice, Tara joined Epping Forest as Sustainability Officer. She provided specialist technical advice on masterplans and planning applications; and developed a Sustainability Checklist to inform Local Plan policies and guide the development of strategic sites and Harlow & Gilston Garden Town.
Ted is a creative team and project leader with experience in the 'meanwhile' side of the property sector. Since 2015 he has worked at Dot Dot Dot, the property guardian social enterprise, becoming its Head of Business Development & Marketing in 2018. He has created and managed partnerships across sectors, delivering property guardianship in regeneration contexts, enabling creative and charitable uses, such as artist studios and community kitchens, and securing long-term outcomes from interim opportunities. Before working in the property sector, his career included leadership roles in the transport, tech, events and community sectors.
Ted’s role as Regeneration Manager for Oxford’s Covered Market entails leading on a feasibility study and business case for major investment to help deliver the Oxford Strategic Partnership’s objective of inclusive growth, including agreeing a procurement and delivery strategy for major capital works.
In July 2021, Ted helped to launch Broad Meadow, a temporary meanwhile project promoting active travel, biodiversity and arts & culture in the public realm. The space helped to increase footfall in the town centre and aims to inform the development of longer-term regeneration projects.
Town Centre Senior Project Officer
Tess is an architect with over 10-years of experience across public realm, masterplanning, culture, and accommodation, ranging from brief development, concept, masterplanning, delivery and construction. Most recently, she worked for Muf Architecture/Art LLP as Project Architect on both the Wonderlab children’s gallery at the Science Museum and the public realm design for Chobham Manor, Phase 1 Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Legacy Development.
As Town Centre Senior Project Officer for LB Barnet, Tess has joined a newly formed Skills, Employment and Economic Development Team who are responding to the impact of COVID-19, as well as reimagining the borough’s town centres in a way that puts ‘new localism’ at their heart. Central to Tess’ work is to engage with communities and embed design quality to proactively lead the development of assets and scope new projects.
Thomas Smethurst is an architect, joined Public Practice from 51 architecture, where he worked on projects ranging from a £6 million pound Grade II listed community hub, to bespoke individual houses and public works infrastructure for urban wildlife.
At the Greater Cambridgeshire Shared Planning Service, Thomas took on the role of Programme Manager, to coordinate and oversee strategic projects such as major new developments at Waterbeach, Northstowe and Cambridge Biomedical Campus, the emerging Greater Cambridge Local Plan, or the Area Action Plan for North East Cambridge. Thomas also introduced new ways of working across the joint planning service.
You can view Tom's Associate Story video here.
You can download Tom's case study on Agile Procurement in the resources section.
Historic Place Adviser
Thomas is a research-led spatial designer with expertise in (re)generating places that centre around creating community and lasting experiences. With 12 years of international experience, he has led the development of award-winning museums, galleries, public spaces, exhibitions, attractions and brand centres, including Museum MACAN, Indonesia’s first contemporary art gallery.
His strengths lie in the strategy, facilitation and vision of projects in the public sphere, engaging a participatory and collaborative approach. He takes seriously the social value of the built environment and has recently completed a part-time master's in Urban Studies to investigate social issues and theory alongside his practice.
Prior to joining Public Practice, Tilly was a sustainability design professional with international experience spanning engineering and environmental design. She joined Public Practice from Atelier Ten, where she worked for over 6 years in London and San Francisco implementing low-energy and low-carbon design solutions across educational, residential and institutional buildings.
During her placement as the London Borough of Enfield’s Sustainability Advisor, Tilly helped to put implement Enfield's Climate Action Plan. Tilly developed methodologies for carrying out climate action tracking, carbon accounting and impact assessment in-house, and drew on her experience of implementing low-carbon design solutions for educational buildings to pilot a scheme for decarbonising the Council’s schools estate. She has also helped to set up a cross-cutting Enfield Sustainable Buildings Board in collaboration with other officers including fellow Public Practice Alumnus, Rafe Bertram.
After completing the Associate Programme, Tilly was appointed as Enfield's Climate Action and Sustainability Lead Officer.
Senior Planning Officer
Tim is a landscape and urban designer with over 25 years of experience gained in the private, public and third sectors. He has worked across several streams of work including transport, education, housing and energy infrastructure. Before becoming an Associate, he worked at The Environment Partnership (TEP), where he led projects in green and blue infrastructure strategy and high street regeneration.
Alongside his work, Tim acts as a guest lecturer to architecture, landscape architecture and town planning students at several northern universities. He is an ambassador for the PLACED Academy in Liverpool, working with secondary school students interested in a career in the built environment.
Toby has over 10 years experience in architectural and urban design roles in London, most recently with Sean Stephen Ltd where his work spanned all stages from brief-writing through construction. He is a founding member of Okra Studio CIC, a multi-disciplinary collective based on the Old Kent Road specialising in architecture, urban research and educational outreach. In Southwark he also works with the Old Bermondsey Neighbourhood Forum and the Southwark Planning Network. In these roles he has developed expertise in community engagement and collaborative placemaking processes. Toby is also an undergraduate studio tutor at the Bartlett School of Architecture.
Toby has joined Dartford Borough Council as a Senior Urban Designer to boost the council’s in-house capacity for design, contributing to masterplanning work around four key stations along the AW2E corridor. His role involves producing capacity studies for strategic sites, as well as contributing to the growing design culture within the Placemaking Team – boosting the council’s ability to be proactive and deliver projects in-house.
Before becoming an Associate, Toby was a Behaviour Change Officer first for Waltham Forest Council and later for charity Sustrans. He led on projects spanning sustainable transport, community engagement, and infrastructure delivery. He helped launch over 20 school streets projects across London, and was later responsible for leading the project delivery at Sustrans. His role saw him engage thousands of students across London in thinking about climate change.
Toby is passionate about climate change and serving local communities, taking on volunteering and fundraising projects in his local area. His sense of community, teamwork and application stems from his previous experience of working on a Tall Ship sailing to Antarctica.
Community Retrofit Officer
Tom is an architect, educator, and researcher with a focus on the residential sector. He has extensive experience in retrofitting, extensions, and large-scale housing projects for both private and public clients in the North East and Yorkshire.
Alongside his work in practice, Tom worked as an Associate Lecturer at Newcastle University, leading design studios that emphasised creative reuse in the built environment. He has also served as a guest critic at architecture schools in the UK and abroad.
Tom is dedicated to promoting climate resilience in the built environment and recently completed a master's at the University of Cambridge, where his research explored opportunities for cost-effective domestic retrofit projects in the UK.
Tom is an experienced architectural designer whose practice focuses on residential extensions and improvements mainly for private clients. In particular, he has built his practice working on listed buildings within historic conservation areas. He has also been involved in community projects, including working with Edible Rotherhithe to set up an Architecture Summer school aimed at introduced BAME students in SE16 to the sector.
Tom joined Lewisham as Growth Manager with responsibility for identifying, coordinating and visualising ways in which the borough can optimise sites for development, particularly on public land and with a focus on social housing. He is also supporting planning colleagues with the commissioning and managing of design consultants preparing an innovative Small Sites SPD, and on the production of a masterplan for the A21 strategic growth corridor.
Lewisham's Small Sites Supplementary Planning Document is out for consultation from 19 Mar 2021 and closes 1 Jun 2021. The consultation and related documents are available at Lewisham's consultation hub.
Tom has experience working in landscape architecture, architecture and urban design. He has worked on public space design and city strategies in the UK and Canada. Prior to becoming a Public Practice Associate, he worked in Toronto on a variety of projects ranging from developing visions for the city’s streets and transport infrastructure, to landscape design focusing on the reuse of salvaged site materials.
Tom is passionate about creating more sustainable cities, with a particular focus on urban mobility, material reuse and green infrastructure.
Principal Planning Officer
Prior to joining Public Practice, Tom worked at Hawkins Brown Architects and Territorial Agency on projects spanning architecture, urban design and research. He has also taught architecture at Central St Martins and the Architectural Association and held a research fellowship at the Jan van Eyck Academie.
As part of the first Public Practice cohort, Tom was Principal Planning Officer at St Albans City and District Council and Dacorum Borough Council. He led the authorities’ initiatives to take a more proactive approach to urban design across strategic sites. In particular, he helped facilitate cross-boundary working in the establishment of Hemel Garden Communities and the development of design guidance for urban extensions.
Part of the second cohort of Public Practice, Tom took on the role of Principal Urban Design and Project Manager in LB Bexley’s Strategic Planning and Growth Division. He led the borough’s work on the intensification of industrial land, characterisation and design guidance and masterplanning associated with the extension of Crossrail to Ebbsfleet study.
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.
Part of the first cohort of Public Practice, Tom joined TfL’s Property Development Team as Projects Design Manager. In this role, he ensured 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 challenged on design excellence. Tom was responsible for the development and adoption of Property Development’s Design Review Protocol, he worked closely with the MDAs to advise and guide design decisions within the Property Development department.
Umi Baden-Powell is an architectural designer, researcher and creative practitioner with expertise in inclusive design and speculative design futures. She works on projects in complex social contexts both in the UK and the Global South. In 2017, her collaborative project Okun Makoko: Waste to Wealth won the Helen Hamlyn MIE Design Award for Healthcare. Umi led Banking Without Barriers, a design research project which was partnered with the Royal College of Art, NatWest and Age UK.
Part of the second cohort of Public Practice, Umi joined Newham as Housing Engagement Manager and played a key role within Newham’s new housing delivery function, helping to shape and deliver the biggest Council house building programme since the 1970s. Her role involved supporting local engagement for new housing on Council-owned land; working with residents to develop designs, site management plans, local activities and events; and developing a package of local benefits for areas of growth.
You can contact Umi via her LinkedIn account here.
Lead Sustainability Planning Officer
Úna is an architectural designer and researcher specialising in sustainable design with an interest in equitable housing. Before becoming an Associate, she worked with 51 architecture, where she led Lifecycle Carbon Analysis and advocated for the specification of natural materials as a means of reducing embodied carbon.
Her research spans subjects from the impacts of legislation on Gypsy Roma and Traveller communities and the relationship between tenancy and dweller agency, to self-build, materials networks and circular economies. She has extensive experience of heritage projects and the creation of biodiverse landscapes.
Úna is an ambassador for the Architects Benevolent Society and is passionate about challenging barriers to the construction industry.
Landscape Project Manager
Vanessa is a landscape architect with architectural training who has gained international experience working with leading practices in Mexico City, New York City, Washington D.C., and London. Her project experience ranges in scale, from high-profile international projects such as the Acuario Xochimilco Masterplan in Mexico City to the public gardens of the Abrahamic Family House in Abu Dhabi. Her most recent work in the UK has focused on improving the quality of open spaces. She has undertaken projects including the transformation of a school car park into a biodiverse courtyard garden, as well as a community engagement project to regenerate a pocket park into a vibrant and inclusive space.
Design & Planning Officer
Vanessa is an urban planner, designer and researcher, who acts as a mediator between people and places. Before becoming an Associate, she gathered a diverse range of international experiences that grounded her understanding of the complexities of city-shaping processes, ultimately leading to her pursuit of sustainable and just urban developments. Besides working on architectural refurbishments in her native Brazil, Vanessa has developed urban projects ranging from neighbourhood visions to strategic city-scale masterplans. She has also managed international tenders and stakeholders at practices like MVRDV in Rotterdam and Triptyque in São Paulo. She holds an MSc in Urban Development Planning from UCL, through which she worked closely with community-led initiatives in Liverpool and wrote a thesis on the ever-changing nature of the public realm.
Regeneration Partnership Manager
Walter Menteth is an architect, planner, writer and educator, director of Walter Menteth Architects, Project Compass CIC, Trustee of the North Southwark Environment Trust and a senior lecturer at the Portsmouth School of Architecture. His practice has received a number of architectural awards and been nominated for the EU Mies van de Rohe award. He has been a visiting critic, external examiner and lecturer at various UK architecture schools, and a recent member of the Cabinet Office SME Panel.
He holds the inaugural 2015 RIBA President’s Medal for Research and an RIBA President’s Award for Practice-located Research for his work on procurement reform.
Walter has joined London Borough of Enfield working across the Regeneration & Environment and Meridian Water teams as Regeneration Partnership Manager, taking forward the council’s action plan to amend procurement processes across the borough. A significant part of his role involves establishing two new procurement frameworks for housing and regeneration projects in a way that reflects the diversity of the borough. The work Walter is doing represents a step-change in the council’s approach to equality and diversity.
Senior Regeneration Manager
Wen has over 30 years of professional experience as an architect designing buildings, making places and leading, managing, supporting and collaborating with teams on a diversity of projects of various scales and complexities in UK and abroad. Her unique combination of working experience based in London, Edinburgh, Berlin and Singapore has given her a broad perspective and understanding of developments in different types of context inside and outside the city. She was previously a senior partner and director of Cullinan Studio, a well established award-winning practice known for its people-centred design and social ethos.
At Camden Wen has joined as a Senior Regeneration Manager, providing urban design expertise on large schemes and ensuring consistency in approach across the borough. Wen is deeply committed to the collective endeavour to create environments to enrich and transform how we live, work, rest and play. As a Haringey Quality Review Panel member, she seeks to improve the standard of developments in the borough with the belief that the key to designing quality Architecture is placemaking and long term sustainability.
Lead Planning & Design Officer
William is an urban planner, most recently working as Senior Town Planner for Ove Arup and Partners London where he has coordinated estate regeneration projects in Wandsworth and led a team to deliver an Island Plan for Jersey. On secondment at Epping Forest District Council he took on the role of Senior Planner in the council’s Planning Policy and Implementation team, contributing to the new Local Plan. In particular, William’s expertise is in planning policy formulation, geospatial analysis, community consultation, and urban design.
As Lead Planner for Hemel Garden Communities, William has joined St Albans District Council to provide dedicated expertise to drive the delivery of sustainable, digitally connected and 'future' proofed developments for one of the largest areas of growth for England in a generation. Central to his role is overarching advocacy for distinctive, high quality, innovative and sustainable design, influencing key stakeholders including Highways England, the Crown Estate, and Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, and shaping major schemes at pre-application and planning stages.
Senior Urban Design Officer
Ximena qualified as an architect in her native Bolivia, moving to the UK to pursue her interest in public space and architecture – most recently as Senior Urban Design at Grimshaw. She has a broad range of experience, from social housing and regeneration projects in the UK, to an award-winning mixed use, commercially-led adaptive reuse masterplan in Moscow. Most recently, she was part of the design team for the HS2 station at Euston, where she led the team working on the station’s public realm interface.
At Kensington and Chelsea Ximena has joined the Sustainable Design and Heritage team as Senior Urban Designer, providing urban design expertise on large schemes and ensuring a consistency in approach across the borough. She is also involved in running the Council’s Quality Review Panel and coaching colleagues to improve their capability and confidence in providing urban design advice. As the council embarks on its first homebuilding programme, Ximena is also working with the Growth and Delivery Team to produce briefs on a site and area basis to ensure high quality developments.
Yanni has a background in architecture, most recently at Feilden Clegg Bradley, working on primary and higher education buildings and several large scale masterplan projects. He is passionate about design which engages and represents people. His Masters thesis challenged methods of contemporary practice, setting up residency in a café in Mannheim, Germany, talking to activists and running a series of workshops to represent a largely misunderstood migrant community.
As Regeneration Manager at Newham, Yanni worked with a multidisciplinary team delivering a Masterplan Vision for Stratford Metropolitan Town Centre that reflects the Mayor of Newham’s priorities, particularly relating to cultural uses and increased affordable housing. He worked with a variety of internal and external stakeholders to provide development proposals and masterplanning advice on strategic sites in Stratford; devising a programme to support community groups, affordable workspace providers and local organisations across Stratford to develop temporary projects; and developing a portfolio of small to medium scale housing infill sites as part of Newham’s Building Council Homes programme.
In addition, Yanni was the council lead for the Active Spaces Programme, an initiative designed to activate vacant indoor spaces across the borough. In July 2021, the programme successfully funded its first project — the Creative Land Trust's transformation of the Grade II listed Alice Billings House in Stratford into 30 affordable studios for the local creative community.
You can contact Yanni via their LinkedIn account.
Yẹmí Aládérun is an architect, project manager and design, construction and quality manager. She has substantial experience of design management and project delivery in the residential sector and has a special interest in housing, community and social infrastructure projects. During her time at Islington and Shoreditch Housing Association she specialised in estate modernisation and redevelopment projects. Yẹmí has also served as an elected council member of the Royal Institute of British Architects’ (2017–2020), and is an advocate for educational equality and broadening access to the construction industry. She is an ambassador for The Architects Benevolent Society and a non-executive board member of Women’s Pioneer Housing.
As Development Manager at Enfield, Yẹmí is working on The Meridian Water project – Enfield Council’s flagship programme to create a new neighbourhood delivering 10,000 new homes and 6,000 jobs over the next 25 years. She is managing the development projects at Meridian Water by taking them from concept, through design, procurement, delivery and into operation.
Yiorgos trained as an architect and an urban development planner and has experience working with local authorities, research institutions, cultural organisations and communities. Yiorgos initiated Urban Transcripts, a not-for-profit organisation he currently directs, by producing international public event programmes on the critical exploration of cities and their development. He has been a consultant at the New Economics Foundation, with a focus on the social impact of urban development.
Part of the second cohort of Public Practice, Yiorgos joined Bexley’s Strategic Planning and Growth Team as Strategic Research Coordinator. He helped to develop a robust evidence base and innovative policies that helped secure the Council’s Growth Strategy. He worked across internal teams and in the field to gather, collate, present and interpret data; researched emerging policy approaches and best practice; and implemented research findings through new policies, strategic plans and design solutions.
Sustainability Engagement Manager
Prior to becoming an Associate, Yisum served as the Workshop Project Officer for the C40 Cities’ Climate Solutions and Networks team. She supported the delivery of workshops focused on adaptation, air quality, food and waste, transportation, and urban planning.
She is passionate about climate justice, social wellbeing and sustainable development. She has volunteered in Peru, exploring issues of community development and climate mitigation.
Prior to becoming an Associate, Zahra was an architectural designer with experience working on complex strategic, cultural and historical projects. She joined Public Practice from East, where she worked on landscape-led housing projects and stakeholder engagement, including the Custom House co-design regeneration project for the London Borough of Newham. Zahra is also the founder of a not-for-profit mentoring organisation, OurGirls, working with young students from marginalised backgrounds to encourage diversity in various professions.
Zahra took on the role of Regeneration and Development Architectural Assistant, providing architectural support for new development opportunities across Enfield. She also provided innovative architectural solutions to stimulate growth, and assisted with policy writing for Enfield’s housing design guide. As part of her placement, she helped to launch an ideas competition inviting teams to suggest design solutions for intergenerational housing provision, with a focus on creating an inclusive process that attracted a diverse range of submissions. The winners of the competition were featured in The Architects' Journal. Read her case study to learn more.
Town Centre Senior Project Officer
Zeina is an architect with experience across residential, healthcare, education, workplace, and urban design projects – ranging from small-scale office refurbishment to strategic regeneration masterplans. Most recently at Gort Scott, Zeina helped establish the studio’s Equality, Diversity & Inclusion group to support individuals from BAME and disadvantaged backgrounds. In 2019, she co-created the third Migrant Connections Festival in Grow, Tottenham; a migrant-led family festival that aims to provide a space of solidarity for migrants from diverse backgrounds.
As Town Centre Senior Project Officer for LB Barnet, Zeina has joined a newly formed Skills, Employment and Economic Development Team who are responding to the impact of COVID-19, as well as reimagining the borough’s town centres in a way that puts ‘new localism’ at their heart. Central to Zeina’s work is community engagement and embedding design quality to proactively lead the development of assets and scope new projects.
Zeljka is an architect and for the past 18 years has been working in UK-based architecture practices on both public and private sector developments with strong design, community and environmental agendas such as housing projects, nursing homes for people with dementia, higher education and community buildings. Zeljka also holds a Postgraduate Degree in Development Practice.
Zeljka joins Lambeth as Principal Design Officer, where she is working within Lambeth’s Planning Policy and Place-shaping team to build an innovative approach to the Lambeth Site Allocations Development Plan Document (SADPD). She is leading on design-led capacity assessments for 15 - 20 large sites, optimising potential on each site and taking every opportunity to enhance placeshaping and maximise planning benefits.
Urban Design Officer
Żivilė is an urban designer with a passion for helping communities be a part of the driving change towards a better future in their area. Over the course of her career she has worked on masterplanning, urban strategies, landscape design, funding proposals, and outreach projects for various local authorities during her time at We Made That, Hawkins Brown and ZCD Architects.
Živilė has expertise in active travel and social infrastructure strategies in high streets, town centres, and local neighbourhoods. She has also participated in urban initiatives by London charities contributing towards stronger community building.