OLIVIA HALPER

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.