Architecture & Design
Local authorities are raising their ambitions and standards of design, in its broadest sense. They are using the planning system to ratchet up quality, from concept to consent and through to completion. They are using strategic design expertise to create user-centred services, develop better policy and guidance, and make the most of public land and assets. And, as many authorities begin to directly deliver council housing and social infrastructure for the first time in decades, they are rebuilding in house architecture teams.
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 has taken on the role of Senior Urban Designer at Camden, where he will work on the Regent’s Park Estate. He is concentrating 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Prior to joining Public Practice, Lauren had a track record of delivering mixed-use refurbishment schemes and innovative meanwhile use projects, including Pergola On The Roof, a pop-up bar on top of the former BBC Television Centre Car Park, and the conversion of The Rex, a disused Stratford nightclub and theatre, into a trampoline park and open-air cinema. She has acted as Practice Mentor for the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust and the NLA, and is co-founder of OSA, a student-led print magazine that aims to encourage conversations and learning across the university environment.
As part of the fourth cohort of Public Practice, Lauren supported the delivery of sustainable new homes and jobs within the Great West Corridor and Heathrow (West of Borough Plan) Opportunity Areas and the two Housing Zones in Feltham and Hounslow by managing and coordinating the design review panel and expanding its role in reviewing major schemes. Her role 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.
You can contact Lauren 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.
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.
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.
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.
Prior to joining Public Practice, 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 LB 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 the Enfield. She also provided innovative architectural solutions to stimulate growth, and assisted with policy writing for Enfield’s housing design guide.
You can contact Zahra via her LinkedIn account.
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