• Laura Alvarez

    Laura Alvarez

    BArch (Hons), PG Dip, MAUD, UDGRP, PhD

    Urban Design Group

    Laura practiced architecture and urban design for over two decades. In her Nottingham City Council role, she was the creator of the award-winning Design Quality Framework and its Co-PLACE engagement platform. She is a guest lecturer at various UK universities and she conducts research in practice and has numerous publications on social sustainability, design quality and community engagement; including the recent A Beginner’s Guide to Urban Design and Development: the ABC of quality, sustainable design.

    Density, Housing, People & Place

  • 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

  • Adriana Bonilla Barragan

    Adriana Bonilla Barragan

    MSc UD-Arq-Part II (ARB, RIBA exemption)

    Thrive Architects

    Adriana is an urban designer with a background in architecture. She has over 25 years of experience delivering design quality through masterplans and urban design projects of various scales and complexity. Adriana’s work involves creating compelling development visions and masterplans that can become successful places that benefit all. She believes in the value of good quality holistic design that can only be achieved through collaboration, a robust understanding of context and the economic and development process.

    Density, Housing, People & Place, Strategic Development

  • Yuli Cadney-Toh

    Yuli Cadney-Toh

    BA(Arch) Hon Dip Arch RIBA


    Yuli is an architect with over 25 years’ experience in international architecture, leading multi-disciplinary teams to deliver design-led buildings in Europe, the USA and Australia. Her architectural career has involved design and management of projects from inception to completion, and includes commercial towers, airports, residential spaces and workplaces. In recent years her emphasis has been on working with cross-disciplinary teams on residential and mixed-use urban regeneration schemes in the UK, integrating architectural, urbanism and landscape principles.

    Density, Housing, People & Place

  • Sophie Camburn

    Sophie Camburn

    MA(Cantab) MSc RIBA FRSA


    Sophie is an architect and masterplanner with over 20 years’ experience. She leads Arup’s Integrated City Planning and Placemaking services in the west of the UK, with a focus on complex, multi-disciplinary projects for government, private and public-sector clients. Sophie’s work involves creating outcomes that align with global agendas, including the UN Sustainable Development Goals, to deliver inclusive benefits for people and places. She is a passionate advocate of design excellence and collaborative working to tell simple and compelling stories that align with political agendas and infrastructure funding streams.

    Density, Housing, Strategic Development

  • Matthew Coombe

    Matthew Coombe

    MA, PG Dip, BSc (Hons)

    Plymouth City Council

    Matthew Coombe is an Urban Design Group Recognised Practitioner. His twenty-five years' experience in the public, private and voluntary sectors, including as a BFL assessor and CABE Enabler, have given him a rounded perspective on regeneration and development. Matthew creates and advises on design guidance, policy, proposals from city-wide strategies and masterplans, site development briefs, and detailed public realm schemes. He acts as urban design input on major projects through the development management process.

    Density, People & Place, Strategic Development

  • Rob Delius

    Rob Delius

    BA Hons Dip Arch MA RIBA

    Stride Treglown

    Rob is an architect and is Head of Sustainability at Stride Treglown. He is passionate about climate-sensitive regenerative design, biodiversity and creating healthy and distinctive places. His key specialisms are masterplanning, mixed-use and residential design. He has been sustainability advisor to the RIBA Southwest awards, is an external Examiner at UWE and has been the winner of several RIBA design competitions.

    Climate, Density, Health, Housing, People & Place

  • Sophie Duke

    Sophie Duke

    MA UP, PGDip UD

    Dorset Council

    Sophie is a highly experienced and knowledgeable Urban Designer with over 15 years’ experience of working in the public sector at a senior level. With strong expertise in the development of new communities and housing regeneration, she is particularly interested in how well designed places impact people's physical and mental wellbeing. Currently the Senior Urban Design Officer at Dorset Council, her work includes collaborating on the production of master plans, design guides and design policies as well as providing in depth analysis and review of complex, large scale and often sensitive development proposals.

    Density, Housing, People & Place, Strategic Development

  • Richard Eastham

    Richard Eastham

    BSc (Hons) MA DipUP (Dist) MRTPI AoU

    Feria Urbanism

    Richard is an urban designer and urban planner with extensive experience in the preparation of design strategies, development frameworks and neighbourhood plans. He has particular expertise in engaging with local communities to help shape and influence emerging spatial strategies. Richard is a visiting tutor on the architecture course at the Arts University Bournemouth and an urban design teaching fellow at the University of Southampton.

    Density, Inclusive Design, People & Place, Strategic Development