Jonathan Vining is head of urban design in the Cardiff office of WYG. He is a chartered architect, recognised practitioner in urban design and an academician of the Academy of Urbanism. He has experience on a wide range of architectural, landscape, planning and urban design projects since qualifying over thirty years ago, and has led a series of innovative and landmark projects, inlcuding major brownfield redevelopments in Cardiff (The Sand Wharf and Century Wharf) and Bristol (Temple Quay 2), an acclaimed cancer research centre in Cardiff and a dementia care home in Somerset. He has extensive experience relating to historic buildings and the integration of contemporary architecture into sensitive environments, including: the award-winning refurbishment of the grade II-listed Blast Engine House at Dowlais; an interpretive master plan and conversion of existing buildings and new housing at Pymore, Dorset (an industrial heritage site of UK significance); and a master plan for the Slate Quay area of Caernarfon, part of which lies within a World Heritage Site. He has particular expertise relating to mixed-use development, employment sites and development on and around aerodromes, including the master planning of Pencoed Technology Park and Brocastle, Bridgend, a 52 ha zero-carbon employment site. Since 2001, he has led the master planning of Bro Tathan, Vale of Glamorgan for the Welsh Government, culminating in a planning application in 2009 for 117,000 sqm of runway-related development and infrastructure. Jonathan has provided the urban design input to numerous projects including whole-settlement and town-centre regeneration strategies and action plans (Newport, Ammanford, Brecon and Builth Wells), civic enhancement schemes (Port Talbot civic square, Aberafan seafront), public art strategies, the redevelopment of brownfield sites and neighbourhood regeneration schemes. He has led multi-disciplinary teams on the Loudoun Square, Butetown and Cowbridge Road, Cardiff neighbourhood projects, and housing-led master plans for the former Phurnacite Works site, Abercwmboi, the redevelopment of Cefn Coed Hospital, Swansea and Pentre Felindre, Swansea - an exemplar Welsh village for the twenty-first century.
Several of Jonathan's projects have won design awards. He was a finalist in the Birnbeck Island International Architecture Competition in 2007 and his work has been exhibited widely, including at the 'Summer Exhibition' of the Roayl Academy of Arts, London in 1985, the prestigious '40 under Forty' exhibition in London in 1988, and the 'Land Architecture People' exhibitions in Copenhagen and London in 2009-10. He was a visiting critic and regular part-time studio tutor at the Welsh School of Architecture for over thirty years and, from 2004 to 2006, was a visiting fellow in urban design teaching on the newly established urban design master's degree course at Cardiff University. Jonathan has been a trustee of the Dewi-Prys Thomas Trust since 2003 and sub-editor of the Royal Society of Architect in Wales's journal 'Touchstone' since its inception in 1996. He has been a judge for over ten design award schemes, including in 2016 for the most prestigious one in Wales, the Gold Medal for Architecture at the National Eisteddfod of Wales. He was appointed a commissioner of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales in April 2019.