Laura is the East Midlands Convenor for the Urban Design Group and was amongst the first recognised urban design practitioners. She is currently a Senior Principal Urban Design and Conservation Officer at Nottingham City Council, where she is currently developing the Design Quality Framework for the City. She has an active role in co-running the Urban Room. Laura completed a PhD at the University of Nottingham, researching applicable theory on socially sustainable urban design in neighbourhoods. She looked at issues such as urban morphology, social networks and place psychologies as contributors to healthier, happier lifestyles. After four years working in higher education, she is now a guest lecturer at the Nottingham Trent University’s Schools of Art and Engineering and the Universities of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent and Manchester. Her twenty 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 and provided urban design and master planning training to house builders. Laura is 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 in need of built environment resources and skills. Laura is an external expert advisor to the North East Derbyshire District Council Urban Design Academy and a local host for the Place Alliance. She sits at the Opun and South West design review panels and she is a published critic, and radio and TV commentator.