EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

UDG Executive Committee

2016-17

UDG Executive Committee 

Corresponding members 2015-16

UDG Trustees

View their Manifestos here

Colin Pullan (Chair)

Philip Cave

Matthew Cowdy

Leo Hammond (Treasurer)

Jeremy Hernalesteen

Daniela Luchesse

Colin Munsie

Brian Quinn

Amanda Reynolds

Paul Reynolds

Raj Rooprai

Katy Neaves

Monica Qing

Barry Sellers

Matthias Wunderlich

Laura Alvarez (Corresponding)

Ben Van Bruggen (Corresonding)

 

Andrew Dakin (Corresponding)

Stefan Kruzkowski (Corresponding)

Graham Smith (Coopted)

Roger Evans

Arnold Linden

Marcus Wilshere

 

2015 AGM Minutes

Katy Neaves BA(Hons), Dip LA, MAUED,  CMLI

CHAIR

Katy is a dual qualified urban design and landscape architect and has been working within the private sector for over ten years. She is currently Associate Urban Design and Head of Visual Impact Assessment for Turley and has previously worked for Allen Pyke Associates, DLA Design Group, Corus Rail Consultancy and Babtie, before it became Babtie Jacobs.

Her urban design experience to date has included working in a range of sectors from large scale masterplanning and townscape analysis through to the detailed resolution of development parcels using design coding. She has also been involved in a number of character and visual impact assessments.

As well as being a chartered landscape architect, Katy is also a Recognised Practitioner of the Urban Design Group. She gained an MA in Urban Environmental Design from Leeds Metropolitan University in 2003.

Katy has been a member of the Urban Design Group since 2005 and on the Executive Committee since 2010, being elected as Chair in June 2014. She takes an active interest in urban design education and has lead the UDG's work to strengthen links with universities.


 

Ben van Bruggen BA(Hons), MAUD 

Co-opted Member

 

Ben currently runs his own consultancy providing strategic advice to clients on urban planning, urban design and architectural aspects of projects. As well as undertaking a broad range of design work, he also assists clients in the selection of architects and masterplanners for projects.  One of Ben’s particular areas of specialisation is in negotiating design through the planning process, including liaising with Design Council CABE, English Heritage and local planning authorities.  Ben also prepares evidence for and appears at planning inquiries to give expert evidence relating to urban design and planning.

Ben was previously Urban Design Director in the Savills London Office, where he established a successful urban design function that complemented the practice's planning offer. At Savills he was involved in a number of major projects giving expert advice on the design approach, the quality of the scheme and how the planning and design aspects of any application need to be communicated.

Prior to joining Savills Hepher Dixon in 2006, he was Senior Design Review Advisor to the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) where he was responsible for leading CABE’s Design Review work on major projects such as the Olympics bid, new hospital buildings and regeneration projects such as the Kings Cross Masterplan. He has also worked for Greenwich Council.

Ben is Chair of the Inspire East Design Review and Enabling Panel for the East of England Development Agency. He was also involved in establishing, and now sits on, the Home Office Design Panel and is involved in reviewing new projects such as police headquarters building. 

He has been a member of the Urban Design Group Executive Committee for a number of years, including as Chair from 2006-08, and he played a central role in the development of the Recognise Practitioner in Urban Design.

 


 

Philip Cave  BSc, MA(LD), MLI

Elected Member

Philip has been a member of the UDG for about 25 years and a committee member for nearly that long.

He has been principal of Philip Cave Associates, Landscape Architects and Urban Designers, for the last 20 years and is now based in Cowcross St, EC1. Before that he worked for an architectural practice, city and county councils.

Philip is a member of various Design Review Panels – previously for Southwark for 2 years, then Newham for the last 5 years, Tfl/GLA for the last year and recently the South East RDP.

His main interest is in designing inspirational public realm schemes both for private developers and local authorities. Currently he is working on inner city mixed use projects with public squares, strategic masterplanning, high density housing with public and semi-private spaces, roof gardens, green roofs and walls, waterside schemes, sustainable settlements, gateway projects and wayfinding. Most of his current projects are in the UK but past schemes have been in Dubai, Hong Kong and Saudi Arabia. As a small practice, he often teams up with other designers and artists.

 


 

Andrew Dakin MPhil, Dip EM, MRICS, MRTPI, FRSA

Corresponding Member

Andrew has been a member of the Urban Design Group since 1996. He has been on the Executive Committee since 2010, acting as a co-opted corresponding member for Wales since 2012.  He was co-convenor of the 2015 National Urban Design Conference, and is currently working on the 2016 conference. 

An urban regeneration practitioner and previously a property developer with a total of 37 years experience in the public, private and voluntary sectors as well as within academia. Roles undertaken in the public sector in Wales since 1991 include the posts of Project Director for regeneration initiatives in the Cynon Valley and in Barry, and from 2006 to 2010 as the Director of Regeneration at the Newport Urban Regeneration Company. In addition to this Andrew has held a teaching position at the Cardiff University School of City and Regional Planning since 2005, he has been a Board Member of the Welsh Valleys based Cynon Taff Community Housing Association since 1993 and from June 2012 he was appointed to the Board of Management for the new Canal and River Trust for Wales.

Andrew recently retired as Deputy Chief Executive of the Centre for Regeneration Excellence in Wales (CREW) which was established to identify best regeneration practice and disseminate this knowledge throughout Wales on behalf of Welsh Government.

 

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Leo Hammond - Treasurer

Leo is an urban designer and town planner with over 12 years experience of master planning, regeneration and public realm design. Leo gained his initial qualifications at the Bartlett and won a scholarship to the Master in Advanced Urban Design program at UC Berkeley, California. Leo has been an active member of the Urban Design Group for 15 years and is also a Recognised Practitioner. 

Leo works as a Senior Urban Designer at Pollard Thomas Edwards, playing a major part in the practices master planning, estate regeneration, public realm, town planning and architecture work across a range of scales and contexts. Leo’s current and recent projects include design guidance, outline planning, detailed planning and feasibility studies in inner city and suburban London locations, Cambridge and Oxford. 

Leo is a Chartered Town Planner, a panel member of the Hackney Estate Regeneration Design Advice Group and an Urban Design Tutor for masters students at the Bartlett. 

 

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Stefan Kruczkowski

Co-opted Member

Stefan is an urban designer specialising in urban design within residential led development where his current research is focused. Stefan has been a member of the Urban Design Group since 1998 and has contributed to UDG events and publications. Stefan is based in Derbyshire and supports the activities of the East Midlands branch of the UDG.

Stefan is a lecturer in urban design at Nottingham Trent University’s School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment and has been running his own consultancy since 2008

. Prior to joining the university in 2012, Stefan worked in local authority planning departments as an urban designer working on a range of projects from housing, healthcare and commercial developments. Stefan was a CABE Enabler and has more recently became a ‘Built Environment Expert’ to the successor to CABE – Cabe at the Design Council. Stefan supported the CABE Summer School Programme, attending first as a delegate and returning for two further years as a facilitator.

Stefan has supported the development of Building for Life and has worked extensively around the country promoting its use and helping others to use it. More recently, Stefan was co-author of Building for Life 12, the latest version of Building for Life, re-written to reflect changes to the national planning policy. His work championing the value of good design was recognised in 2011 when the design initiative (called ‘ourplace’) he developed for North West Leicestershire District Council won the Urban Design Group’s first Public Sector Award. The initiative has now become the model for the national ‘Built for Life’ scheme, an accreditation scheme for new homes based on Building for Life designed to raise consumer awareness of urban design quality.

Stefan also serves on the design review panels for OPUN, the architecture centre for the East Midlands and Nottingham City Council.

 


 

Sebastian Loew MRTPI PhD

Elected Member

 

Sebastian Loew qualified as an architect in Buenos Aires, Argentina and obtained a Masters’ Degree in Town Planning from the AA. Later he got a PhD from Reading University.

In London he worked for the GLC and for the London Borough of Islington before joining South Bank Polytechnic (now London South Bank University) where he taught planning and urban design. Since 1996 he has been a part-time lecturer in urban design at the University of Westminster.  At the same time he runs workshops in urban design for a number of organisations: local authorities, consultants and government bodies. Together with Bill Erickson he ran the CABE Urban Design Summer School for the first three years and he has a substantial portfolio of clients.

He was a member of the Ministerial Urban Design Skills Working Group and for three years chaired UDAL’s education committee.

Sebastian has been visiting professor at various institutions in France and in Italy, and has collaborated in research projects with colleagues in both countries.

He has been a member of the Urban Design Group for some twenty years, has served on the Executive and been co-editor of the group’s magazine for the past ten. He has also organised a number of study tours for the UDG.

 


 

Colin Munsie M.Phil (UCL) TP   B Arch (Uni W.A.)   RIBA   ARAIA

Elected Member

 

Currently Colin is a London senior consultant for – The Urbanists  - Powell Dobson and is Chairman of Regions for the Urban Design Group, both with UK and international responsibilities. Other on-going commercial projects include mixed-use development in Bangkok and residential accommodation in Equatorial Guinea.

Colin is an urban designer and architect with over 30 years experience on projects for government, major landowners and property developers, in the UK, Europe and Australia.  He was a foundingpartner Architekton architecture in Perth, a leading Perth practice in education, elderly persons accommodation and a later partner of Noel Isherwood Associates in London

He has provided design and consultancy advice to government bodies and institutions such as the Department for the; Communities and Local Government; Welsh Development Agency; Centre for Regeneration Excellence in Wales; Newport Unlimited; RIBA Awards; Cardiff University and the Government of Western Australia. 

Recent work for the Essex County involved advice in; the Design Review Panel; project management development projects; Town Council public realm presentations; consultant appraisal and selection of masterplanning teams and a contribution to the Essex Urban Place Supplement (UPS). 

Aside from this, he has delivered university lectures, latterly at Cardiff University and executed duties as a Cabe Enabler and Cabe Building for Life Assessor.

 


Colin Pullan

   

Chair

Colin joined the UDG's Executive Committee in 2011, and has been a member of the UDG for over ten years. He is a qualified Urban Designer, and Planner, heading up the Urban Design team at Nathaniel Lichfield and Partners. 

Since graduating from the Oxford Polytechnic JCUD in 1987, Colin has worked in the private sector for some 24 years, undertaking a broad range of design work including: Regeneration, Master Planning, Development Briefing and Design Coding for both private and public sector clients throughout the country.  In addition, he has extensive experience of presenting urban design evidence at Public Inquiry working with some of the Country's leading chambers.

As part of the Executive Committee, Colin sees his role as helping to ensure that the UDG continues to thrive and is seen as 'the voice' for promoting high quality urban design. 

 


 

Amanda Reynolds BArch, MAUD (Dist), RIBA, FNZIA 

Elected Member

Amanda is an Architect and Urban Designer with more than 25 years experience in master planning, urban design and a broad range of architectural projects in the UK, New Zealand and Australia.  She is the UDG's immediate past Chair and was the Group's first ever female Chair.

Amanda is currently director of her own consultancy, Amanda Reynolds Urbanism. Prior to setting up her own practice, Amanda was Practice Director at Llewelyn Davies  for 5 years leading the Urban Design team.

Amanda’s most recent experience has focussed on master planning solutions for regeneration sites in London, throughout the UK and overseas. These projects include major urban housing and mixed-use schemes for both public and private sector clients and a number have involved an expert witness role on urban design matters in Public Inquiries.

Amanda’s first degree in Architecture is from the University of Auckland in New Zealand and she was the New Zealand Director of an Australasian practice (Hames Sharley) through the 1990s combining architecture, urban design and planning, as well as taking a leading role in the NZIA and founding a local urban design group in Auckland.

Teaching architecture and urban design is an important interest and Amanda’s experience includes tutoring at various universities and courses around the world including the Cabe Summer School for its first 3 years. Currently Amanda is a Design Council/Cabe BEE (Building Environment expert) and sits of their Design Review panels as well as those several London boroughs including Hackney, Lewisham and Southwark.

 


Paul Reynolds MLI,  MAUD,  DIP, LA, BA(Hons)

Elected Member

 

 

Paul Reynolds

Paul has been a member of the UDG for over 15 years. He first joined the Executive Committee in 2006 and was Chair 2012-14, running a number of highly successful events and driving forward significant initiatives during his tenure.

Paul is a practicing Urban Designer working primarily on Regeneration and Public Realm projects, with particular specialism in Rail and Mass Transit schemes.  He has been involved in a number of high profile projects in London including Atkins’ Oxford Circus diagonal crossing project, which won the UDG Francis Tibbalds’ Practice Award in 2011.  His experience includes working with both public and private sector clients and on schemes of all scales and complexities.  His current workload includes a number of transport interchange led masterplans, public realm strategies, and mixed-use regeneration frameworks. 

Paul is a Chartered Landscape Architect as well as a qualified Urban Designer, and gained an MA in Urban Design from Westminster University in 2004.  He is a Chair of the London Borough of Hackney Design Review Panel, a member of the Islington Panel, and an expert advisor on Landscape and Urban Design to the Northern Ireland Ministerial Advisory Group on Architecture and the Built Environment.  He is also a member of the Urban Land Institute, and a regular contributor to professional journals and the media, and he has spoken at a number of industry conferences.

 


 

Barry Sellers    BA (HONS) ARCH, BA (HONS) TP, DIP UD, MAUD, MRTPI, IHBC

Elected Member

Barry has been a member of the UDG since 1982 and was Chair of the Urban Design Group 2004-06.  He has been a member of the UDG Executive Committee for around 10 years and has been involved in the formative stages of the UDG’s Recognised Practitioner status for Urban Designers.

Barry currently works as a Senior Planner in the urban design and conservation section at Wandsworth Borough Council.  Since graduating in town planning and architecture he has worked in the public sector in Farnborough, Southampton and London.   He gained a Diploma in Urban Design from Oxford Brookes University in 1984 and later completed an MA in Urban Design there.

His current workload includes a number of strategic sites for mixed-use development at Clapham Junction, Nine Elms and Springfield Village as well as input to the Local Development Framework and Conservation Area Appraisals. He is also involved in a scheme to improve the public realm in Clapham Junction Town Centre.

His previous employees include Rushmoor Borough Council, City of Southampton and London Borough of Lewisham.

 Barry is currently a Chartered member of the Royal Town Planning Institute, a member of the Institute for Historic Building Conservation and an affiliate member of the Royal Institute of British Architects. He has been a UDG representative on the Urban Design Alliance Management Committee, and Steering Groups (notably ‘Designing Streets for People’). Barry also gave evidence to House of Commons Select Committee on Transport on ‘Walking’ and has been involved with promoting Urban Design Week.

 


Alan Stones AADip, TPDip, RIBA, MRTPI, IHBC

Elected Member

Alan is a glass-half-full man!  An architect-planner, he runs his own urban design consultancy. Currently involved in housing design quality assessment for Essex County Council, he also carries out master plan and design brief work, conservation area appraisals and architectural design, and acts as appeal witness.

Formerly a regional convenor, he has been on the Executive Committee since 2000 and was UDG chair from 2002 to 2004. He has been running week-long tours for the UDG since 1983.

Before forming his own consultancy, Alan was Head of Historic Buildings and Design at Essex County Council, where he co-authored the 1997 Essex Design Guide. From 2000 to 2003 he was principal director at Melville Dunbar Associates.