Executive Committee

The Urban Design Group is run by an Executive Committee, led by a chairperson with the support of two vice chairs. The Executive Committee meet regularly throughout the year and are responsible for all major decisions relating to policy, new initiatives and the management of the Group.

There are also a number of smaller sub-committees including members of the Executive Committee and others; these committees deal with specifc areas of the Group's activity such as the Awards, events, education, links with other organisations and the editorial board of URBAN DESIGN. We're always looking for new recruits for these committees; please contact us if you are interested in becoming more involved.

 

Executive Comittee 2022

Katja Stille | Chair

Christopher Martin | Treasurer

Paul Reynolds | Secretary

Husam AlWaer

Leo Hammond (past Chair)

Colin Munsie

Colin Pullan

Amanda Reynolds

Barry Sellers

Kenji Shermer

Alan Stones

Louise Thomas

Rob Thompson

Co-opted Corresponding / Regions

 

Officers

Chair | Katja Stille  Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design

As an experienced urban designer with a sound basis in architecture, planning and engineering I work collaboratively across professional boundaries to deliver high quality places. My objective is to push the placemaking agenda and ensure we are building people-friendly places. Professionally, I work across a broad spectrum from policy formulation to delivery, including strategic masterplanning, the creation of new communities, regeneration projects and design advice.

Through the UDG, I seek to work with others to unlock the issues that prevent us from delivering good urban design, influence government policy and improve day-to-day practice.

Treasurer | Christopher Martin  Urban Movement

Christopher is an influential urban designer and planner working globally to help communities; cities; and Governments develop strategy, change policies, and make great places possible.

He is Co-Founder of Urban Movement and has over 15 years’ experience leading complex urban projects at all scales, where he applies his expertise to public realm, streets and mobility - consistently adding value through ensuring the seamless integration of urban and landscape design, with engineering and transport.

Christopher is also a Trustee of Living Streets, chairing their ‘Technical Walking Design Expert Group’; and a member of the United Nations ‘Planning and Climate Action Group’.

Secretary | Paul Reynolds  Tapestry

Paul first joined the Executive Committee in 2006 and was Chair 2012-14. He is a Chartered Landscape Architect, a qualified practicing Urban Designer, and a founding Director of Tapestry.

Paul has been involved in the delivery of several award-winning schemes and is a recognised expert in the masterplanning of transport interchanges and stations. Current projects include residential masterplans, regeneration schemes, and public realm strategies.    

Paul sits on several panels and is an expert advisor 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).

Elected Members 

Husam Al Waer  University of Dundee

Husam is an award-winning author, architect, planner and urbanist, and is currently Reader in Sustainable Urban Design at the University of Dundee and has a focussed interest in the future of sustainable places, towns and cities, in particular the development of new approaches and new methodologies.

Husam has a worked with a number of government departments and professional institutes including the Scottish Government's Planning Review Evidence and the recent RTPI's Measuring Planning Outcomes. He has also been a Special Advisor to Scottish Government charrette events and the New Ideas Funded Programme.

Leo Hammond  London Borough of Newham

Currently at London Borough of Newham, Leo is an urban designer with over 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.

Previously he was at Lambert Smith Hampton where he took a key role in starting-up and developing the urban design team. 

Leo 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.

Colin Munsie  CRMA UK | Kensuriyachat+Partners

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 is currently a senior consultant for Kensuriyachat + Partners, Bangkok.

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

Colin Pullan   Lambert Smith Hampton

Colin has been a member of the UDG for over 15 years, and an Executive Committee member since 2011. As Chair 2016-18, he oversaw a rejuvenation of the UDG to attract new executive members, and the first Urban Design Group conference.

Colin is a qualified urban designer, and planner. He has been a Director of Urban Design at RPS and Lichfields, and now heads up the Urban Design team at Lambert Smith Hampton. Since graduating, he’s undertaken a broad range of projects including regeneration, masterplanning, development briefing, design codes and advising both private and public sector clients.

Amanda Reynolds  AR Urbanism

Amanda is an Architect and Urban Designer with 30 years’ experience across a broad range of projects in the UK, New Zealand and Australia. She founded AR Urbanism in 2007, and in 2010 she became the UDG’s first female Chair.

Her practice focusses on masterplanning solutions for major regeneration sites in London, throughout the UK, and overseas.

Currently Amanda sits on several Design Review Panels in and around London, including through the Design Council and Design South East. She is co-Chair of the Enfield panel and a member of the High Streets Task Force.

Barry Sellers  Wandsworth and Richmond Councils

Barry has been a member of the UDG since 1982 and was Chair of the Urban Design Group 2004-06. He's currently a Principal 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.

Barry is 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. Barry also gave evidence to House of Commons Select Committee on Transport on ‘Walking’.

Kenji Shermer  East Devon District Council

Kenji has worked as Urban Designer for East Devon District Council for the past 7 years and was Cranbrook Built Environment Lead for the NHS England Healthy New Town Pilot, focussing on evidence-led ways to address the wider determinants of ill-health in commercially-led development. 

Kenji has a background in architecture, planning and psychology and is working to develop detailed evidence on the way environments affect health and happiness. His previous work across the UK and in Slovenia has given him broad experience to draw on.  He is a strong advocate for an outcome-focused, design-led multi-disciplinary approach to design and planning.

Alan Stones  Consultant

Alan is an architect-planner, currently involved in housing design quality assessment for Essex County Council. He also carries out masterplan and design brief work, conservation area appraisals and architectural design, and acts as appeal witness.

Alan 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 starting 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.

Louise Thomas  TDRC

Louise Thomas is the Director of urban design consultancy Thomas Design Regeneration & Consultation Ltd, established in 2004, and has held senior roles in major planning and urban design companies in the UK. She is the co-editor of the Urban Design Group’s quarterly journal, and a Trustee of the Francis Tibbalds Trust and Oxford Civic Society.

She’s also Director of the Historic Towns and Villages Forum, based at Kellogg College at the University of Oxford, and teaches post-graduate urban design and planning Masters programmes at the University of Westminster. Her interests are development processes and the public’s involvement in shaping places.

Rob Thompson  rtu.

Rob is an urban designer with almost 30 years experience. He is an Academician of the Academy of Urbanism, sits on the Design Yorkshire, Design Midlands and Places Matter! Design Panels and teaches at both Sheffield Hallam and Liverpool Universities. 

In 2016, Rob set up his own consultancy, rtu., and works across the country on a diverse range of urban design, visioning and masterplanning projects. He recently worked on a National Design Code pilot for North West Leicestershire DC. 

Rob is motivated by making sense of place and contributing to the creation of successful and long lasting environments for people. 

 

Excutive Committee 2020 / 2021
Executive Committee 2019 / 2020