Designing Locally Distinctive Neighbourhoods

Monday 6 March 2023 - 16:00 to 17:30
University of Dundee, Dalhousie Building 3G02 LT1 | Online

This hybrid event (In Person at University of Dundee and Online) is free for all but registration is required

University of Dundee/ DJCAD and Urban Design Group are delighted to convene a special event to explore how to design locally distinctive neighbourhoods, including urban extensions, suburban/rural infill and completely new settlements. It aims to inform and inspire those who may be planning, designing, delivering or hoping to inhabit new developments, including attributes that make for distinctive neighbourhoods. Using lessons from the UK, Ireland and Scandinavian Countries, we aim to identify factors that can help Creating ‘liveable’ places which respond to their context; Designing people-friendly streets and open spaces; Crafting modern houses which feel like home, and; Offering choice, diversity, and different intensity of uses and density.

This Monday the 6th of March between 16:00- 17:30pm (UK Time), we will welcome Stephen Proctor, Founding Director of Proctor and Matthews Architects in London, and Stephen Willacy, Director of Stephen Willacy Architecture + Urbanism and Former Chief City Architect for Aarhus City. We will hear of their recent experiences on designing locally distinctive neighbourhoods, including lessons and pointers for the UK and EU cities.


About the Speakers:

Stephen Proctor is a founding Director of Proctor and Matthews Architects in London with over 25 years of experience as an Architect and Urban Designer. The Practice has an extensive portfolio of award-winning work including mixed-use regeneration projects, visitor attractions, education and community buildings and new residential neighbourhoods. Stephen is a Corresponding Member and past Chair of the RIBA’s Housing Group and is currently a Design Forum Panel member of Architecture and Design Scotland (A+DS) and Design South East (D:SE). He has been a lecturer, visiting critic and external examiner at Schools of Architecture across the UK and abroad, including the University of Dundee, where he is currently a Honorary Professor in Architecture and Urbanism.

Stephen Willacy was educated as an architect at Oxford Brooks University and Westminster University, Stephen has been based in Aarhus, Denmark since 1984. Stephen has combined practice as a partner at internationally acclaimed Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects with teaching and research as associate professor at Aarhus School of Architecture. He was Chief City architect for the last 8,5 years in Aarhus, Denmark. Stephen is currently Honorary Professor in Architecture and Urbanism at University of Dundee, and running his own practice Stephen Willacy Architecture + Urbanism.