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.