Conservation & Heritage
Every Authority in the country can draw on a rich history and unique heritage as a way of shaping the future of their places. With a renewed focus on the value of locally-specific, contextual development, Authorities are taking care to understand existing character, protect and enhance designated heritage assets, and raise their expectations for new developments in historically sensitive contexts. The public sector is also championing putting heritage at the core of placemaking and regeneration, and realising the social, environmental and economic benefits of historic places.
KAROLINE DE MENDONCA
ROSA APPLEBY ALIS
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
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 has 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.
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.
You can contact Louisa via her LinkedIn account.
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.
ROSA APPLEBY ALIS
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.
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.