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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.
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.
Adriana Bonilla Barragan
MSc UD-Arq-Part II (ARB, RIBA exemption)
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.
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.
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.
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.
BA Hons Dip Arch MA RIBA
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.
BA (Hons), Di, RIBA, ARB
Graham, chartered architect and LHC Design Director, takes a deeply holistic approach to design, with a focus on social and environmental impact. He brings particular expertise on sustainability and strategic master planning. Leading high-profile projects in the public and private sectors, he has been responsible for the design and delivery of numerous homes as well as large-scale commercial and cultural schemes. His commitment to lifelong learning thrives at the University of Plymouth, where he mentors future architects.
MA UP, PGDip UD
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.