• Lauma Balina

    Lauma Balina

    MEng (Hons), CEng, MCIBSE

    Max Fordham LLP

    Lauma is a skilled engineer with over 10 years of experience at designing a variety of building types, including education, theatres, offices, residential developments, and heritage buildings. She strives to design buildings that are not only efficient in design but also when in-use by the occupants. In her work with the Max Fordham Net Zero group, she works on developing her own and the practice’s skills in delivering Net Zero designs.

    Climate, Heritage

  • Lucy Barron

    Lucy Barron

    BArch, BArch, PGCert, CA, ARB, RIBA


    Lucy is an Accredited Conservation Architect who specialises in the care, repair and adaptation of heritage buildings, including the design of new buildings within sensitive locations. Lucy's work includes advising public clients, private clients and design professionals on the impact of development as well as retrofitting and the strategic design of heritage estate and town centres. She has also produced a number of design guides and planning policy documents. Lucy is a visiting lecturer at UWE, Bath Spa, Bath University and Oxford Brookes, and heads up the RIBA group within Bath.

    Climate, Heritage, Strategic Development

  • Austen Bates

    Austen Bates

    BEng (Hons), CEng, MCISBE, BREEAM AP


    Austen is a consultant with 20 years’ experience in the field of sustainability. Throughout his career he has led a diverse range of projects covering global circular economy and decarbonisation challenges, through to working with design teams and clients to deliver cutting edge sustainable award-winning buildings. Austen has worked with many of the UK’s prominent developers and cultural institutions to support them in their transformation towards a more sustainable and resilient future.

    Climate, Heritage, Strategic Development

  • Alex Bell

    Alex Bell

    BSc(Hons) MArch ARB RIBA CR

    Chapter 2 Architects

    Alex is an architect, Passivhaus Designer and Retrofit Coordinator. After 25 years working across a range of commercial sectors, he changed his focus towards energy efficiency and retrofit to make a positive impact on the challenges created by the climate emergency. His clients range from private homeowners to large institutions. Often working alongside other architects, he uses energy modelling for evidence-based design optimisation. He is also an RIBA Client Adviser and has Conservation Registrant status.

    Climate, Heritage

  • Tom Bell

    Tom Bell

    Ba (Hons), MArch, PGDip, ARB, RIBA

    Ridge & Partners LLP

    Tom is a Chartered Architect at Ridge & Partners LLP, the RIBA Wessex Regional Chair, and was shortlisted for the RIBAJ Rising Stars being described as a ‘rare balance of big ideas and drive’. Representing 2600+ members across the Region, Tom has established an array of initiatives that champion design excellence, advocates and upskills on climate literacy, and working with client groups, policy-leaders and central government promotes policy-led improvements; from planning to procurement; to facilitate better buildings and outcomes. Within his day job, Tom is an Architect at Ridge & Partners LLP, a multi-disciplinary practice with 800+ property and construction professionals nationwide, an AJ100 and Building Magazine Top 20 Building Consultancy. Working predominantly between the Bristol and their Cheltenham office, Tom is part of the project team for the £2.6bn Gigaplant in Blyth - a UK first, and the fourth largest building in the country - alongside a number of more regionally-focused commercial, office, healthcare and residential projects. Tom values working for a multi-disciplinary practice as he considers collaboration to be key to challenging the Climate, Biodiversity and Ecological Emergencies, facilitating sustainable innovation across disciplines, and to design and deliver better buildings for clients, occupants and future generations.

    Climate, Health, Housing, People & Place, Strategic Development

  • Graham Bizley

    Graham Bizley

    BArch BSc(Hons)

    Prewett Bizley Architects

    Graham is a director of Prewett Bizley Architects, a practice specializing in low-energy and low-carbon residential design. He is a part-time teaching fellow at the University of Bath and is a visiting reviewer at various UK schools of Architecture. He is a regular contributor to the architectural press and the author of two books on architectural detailing.

    Climate, Density, Heritage, Housing, People & Place, Strategic Development

  • Úna Breathnach Hifearnáin

    Úna Breathnach Hifearnáin

    PgC PP, BArch, BA(Hons), BA Int Arch, ARB, RIBA, CMLI

    McGregor Coxall

    Úna is a RIBA chartered architect and a CMLI chartered landscape architect with 12 years of post qualification experience in the built environment sector. Úna has worked as an interdisciplinary professional in McGregor Coxall for five years specialising in Urban design, Masterplanning, Biourbanism and Landscape architecture. She has led a number of Bristol based projects including East Street Placemaking, Redcliffe Way, Haymarket and Quakers Friars with a keen focus on placemaking and integration of climate resilient solutions that bring people closer to nature.

    Climate, People & Place, Strategic Development

  • Tom Brown

    Tom Brown

    MSc, BSc (Hons), BREEAM AP, CIBSE LCC & LCEA, CEnv

    Hoare Lea

    Since joining Hoare Lea as a Graduate in 2013, Tom has gained over 9 year’s experience as a Sustainability Consultant. Tom has led on a range of project typologies of varying scales, with a focus on office and residential development in the South West region, particularly Bristol. Tom now leads a team of consultants across Hoare Lea offices in Bristol and Cardiff, striving to deliver best in class sustainable assets. Tom joined the Design West panel in 2022.


  • Alison Caldwell

    Alison Caldwell

    CEng, MICE, MEng (hons)

    Phil Jones Associates

    Alison is a champion of integration of water within new development, passionately advocating for acceptance of water as an asset, and striving to ensure new development is climate resilient. She has extensive experience in flood risk and water management (surface, foul and supply), green/blue infrastructure, climate analysis and resilience and hydraulic modelling; working on all elements of project delivery, from feasibility to construction, in both private and public sectors at strategic, regional and local scales.

    Climate, Landscape, Strategic Development, Water