Executive Committee

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 2019-2020

   Executive Committee

 

   Co-opted and Corresponding Members

 

   Trustees

Leo Hammond (Chair)

Katja Stille (Treasurer)

Paul Reynolds (Secretary)

Colin Pullan (Past Chair)

Philip Cave

Chris Martin

Colin Munsie

Raj Rooprai

Amanda Reynolds

Barry Sellers

Hannah Smart

Alan Stones

 

Brian Quinn

Graham Smith

Alan Thompson

Daniela Lucchese (Editorial Board)

Laura Alvarez (Corresponding)

Andrew Dakin (Corresponding)

Peter Frankum (Corresponding)

Stefan Kruzkowski (Corresponding)

 

 

Arnold Linden

Marcus Wilshere

Janet Tibbalds

Marion Roberts

 

 

 

   Leo Hammond  Chair

 

Leo is an Urban Design Associate at Lambert Smith Hampton with 15 years experience. Enthusiastic, creative and adaptable he gained his qualifications from the Bartlett and won a scholarship to the Master in Advanced Urban Design program at UC Berkeley, California.

At Lambert Smith Hampton he is taking a key role in starting-up and developing the urban design team. Leo is currently leading urban design projects, including outline planning applications, planning briefs, design codes and feasibility projects across a range of scales and contexts with a national team of planners, regeneration and viability professionals.

Leo is the current chair of the Urban Design Group, is a Chartered Town Planner, a panel member on the Hackney Estate Regeneration Design Advice Group, an Academician at the Academy of Urbanism, an Urban Design Tutor for the Bartlett and a Future of London Alumni.

 

   Katja Stille  Treasurer

 

Katja is an urban designer with over 15 years of experience. She has been a longstanding member of the Urban Design Group and is a Recognised Practitioner as well as the current Treasurer.  Katja joined Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design in 2003, the practice originally set up by Francis Tibbalds, and is now a Director of the practice. 

Katja has an architectural and engineering background, including studies in Civil Engineering in Germany; and an architectural diploma and MA in Urban Design from the UK. 

Katja's recent work focusses on large scale projects, spatial strategies and design policy. Her clients include public and private sector bodies across the UK.  Katja is passionate about delivering better places for people and works collaboratively across professional boundaries in order to achieve this. Currently, she is involved in delivering Northstowe, a new town in Cambridgeshire. 

She brings learning and ideas form Germany to her work and seeks to find solutions to unlocking issues that prevent us from delivering good design and placemaking

 

   Paul Reynolds  Secretary

 

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 International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP) , and a regular contributor to professional journals and the media, and he has spoken at a number of industry conferences.

 

   Colin Pullan  Past Chair

 

Colin has been a member of the UDG for over 15 years, and an Executive Committee member since 2011. He was Chair 2016-18, overseeing a rejuvenation of the UDG to attract new executive members and the first urban design group conference and knowledge exchange in Guangzhou, China.

Colin is is a qualified Urban Designer, and Planner. He has been a director of urban design at RPS and Lichfields, and now heads up the new Urban Design team at Lambert Smith Hampton. Since graduating from Oxford Brooks in the distant past, Colin has undertaking a broad range of design work including: regeneration, masterplanning, development briefing, design codes and advice 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 QCs.

As part of the Executive Committee, Colin sees his role as helping to ensure that the UDG continues to thrive,  is 'the voice' for promoting high quality urban design and remains a platform for all those interested in the built environment.

 

   Philip Cave  Elected Member

 

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

  

 

   Chris Martin  Elected Member

 

Christopher Martin is an influential urban designer and planner working all over the globe to help communities improve their public spaces, as well as supporting Governments to develop strategy, change policies, and make great places possible.

He is Co-Founder and Director of Urban Strategy at Urban Movement, and a fully qualified Urban Designer and Planner, with over 14 years’ experience leading complex urban projects; focusing on public realm, streets and transport. He consistently adds value through ensuring the seamless integration of urban and landscape design with engineering and transport.

In addition to project work, he is a member of the ‘Urban Design Group’ Executive Committee and Editorial Board; a Trustee of Living Streets, the charity that champions walking in cities; a member of the Placemaking Leadership Council at Project for Public Spaces; a member of London design review panels; and he has been a lecturer and tutor at The Bartlett School of Planning and Architecture for a number of years.

 

   Colin Munsie  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.

  

 

   Raj Rooprai  Elected Member

 

I am an architect & urban designer with experience working on the design of innovative architecture and low/zero carbon master planning and sustainability strategies based on renewable energy system.

I have worked on a wide range of high profile projects working with some of the worlds leading internationally renowned practitioners including Sir Terry Farrell & Partners, John McAslan & Partners, HOK International (working with Sir Peter Cook) and AECOM.

Work experience has enabled me to reflect on and learn from peer experience, thus enabling me to integrate new knowledge with past experience and apply it to new situations. I am able to challenge pre-conceptions and to remove boundaries so to handle complex situations holistically. I am able to analysis, synthesis and solve complex problems, and the ability to communicate my ideas and implement agreed solutions effectively. I have strong interpersonal skills and the ability to interact effectively with a range of different clients, government departments / agencies, consultants, developers, local businesses and the wider community.

I believe architecture and urban design should not be viewed as disconnected abilities, but united to generate a distinctive functioning environment where city, buildings and landscape converse with each other.

Postgraduate Teaching Assistant at Bartlett UCL Faculty of The Built Environment  in Urban Design 2019 to Present

 

 

   Amanda Reynolds  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.

 

 

   Barry Sellers  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.

 

 

   Hannah Smart  Elected Member

 

Winner of the Oxford Property Festival Young Person of the Year for 2018 and judge for the 2019 awards, Hannah is a leader in her field and promotes high-quality development and regeneration through her comprehensive and inspiring design process.

As an “ideas person” and with the desire to think outside of the box, Hannah uses her creative skills to think strategically and bring added value and energy to her work. She believes in creating narrative at every stage and engaging a design process that is interdisciplinary, follows a landscape-led approach and achieves imaginative placemaking.

Hannah recently featured in the BBC 2 documentary “The Newbuilds are Coming”, which followed a housing development through the Planning System; observing the extensive design process and detailed consideration that takes place behind the scenes of the industry.

During her career, Hannah has been involved in, and led, the design of many projects including Masterplans and Visions for NW Bicester Eco Town, Oak Old Common, Earls Court, Royal Albert Docks, Mount Pleasant and Wood Wharf. She has successfully designed and delivered mixed-use masterplans of between 1 and 20,000 units in the South East, predominantly Oxfordshire.

Hannah is passionate about site finding, urban regeneration and creating vibrant high streets for our towns and cities. Hannah loves teaching and inspiring others and frequently teaches Urban Design, Landscape and Architecture at The University of Sheffield.

 

 

   Alan Stones  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.

 

 

 

   Brian Quinn  Co-opted Member

 

Experienced urban design communicator and policy expert with specific interest and senior level experience in housing, urban design, highways, streets, public space and crime prevention approaches.

Speaker and panel member on conference platforms, at training events and in the media and speaking on design tools and mechanism, public policy issues and design practice in relation to housing, urban design and built environment design professionals.

Am particularly interested in how to embed design quality in decision making criterion such that better places come about one decision at a time.

Have experience of managing and disseminating research projects which have changed industry practice, writing publications and articles on design, running workshops with a wide range of professional and community audiences and delivering training events to bring together design and non-design audiences.

Keen to make links with communicators and thought leaders shaping places and making change happen. Particularly interested in those working on the interface between the design/planning/architecture world and economics/social policy/behavioural science areas.

 

    Graham Smith  Co-opted Member

 

 

 

   Alan Thompson  Co-opted Member

   
 

 

   Daniela Lucchese  Editorial Board

 

Urban designer and masterplanner experienced in developing transportation, regeneration and development in the UK and internationally. Since January 2017 I am working in the Placemaking team at Croydon Council where I am responsible for designing the Dingwall Loop public realm scheme around the new tram extension from East Croydon (RIBA stage 2 / partly stage 3). I am closely working alongside the Development Management team to provide design advice and negotiating design improvements for strategic developments in various stages of the planning application process. I am also involved on a number of public realm, culture and meanwhile projects within Croydon’s Opportunity Area as part of Croydon’s Growth Zone public realm programme.

My project at Croydon Council is almost completed and I am looking for a new challenge. I am looking for a role where I can combine my experience in urban design with my passion for creating sustainable places for all.

 

   Laura Alvarez  Corresponding

 

Laura Alvarez is a Senior Principal Urban Design and Conservation Officer at Nottingham City Council, where she is developing the Design Quality Framework for the City. She has an active role in co-running the Urban Room.

Her 25 years of work in practice include consultancy for the award winning Trent Basin scheme in Nottingham. She also assisted local and regional authorities reviewing the design of residential developments, recently supporting Redrow Homes in the development of their Placemaking Guide.

Laura is also a qualified Community Organiser and has worked closely with local groups and residents designing innovative ways of bottom up engagement and co-design. She co-runs alkiki, a CIC dedicated to help communities and authorities in need of built environment resources and skills.

 

   Andrew Dakin   Corresponding

 

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.

 

   Peter Frankum   Corresponding

   
 

 

   Stefan Kruzkowski  Corresponding

 

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.