• 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

  • 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

  • Patrick Devlin

    Patrick Devlin

    MSc AAS, Dip Arch, RIBA, ARB


    Pollard Thomas Edwards

    Patrick Devlin leads one of PTE’s five architectural workshops, focusing on Later Living, retrofit and co-design projects, along with new build residential and masterplanning. Patrick has designed and delivered award-winning projects, from large-scale masterplans to infill sites and refurbishments. His research-led approach to specialist housing has gained international recognition for its pioneering designs. In 2009 Patrick coordinated the influential Housing our Ageing Population: Panel for Innovation (HAPPI). He teaches at Cardiff and Newcastle Universities.

    Health, Heritage, Housing

  • Jane Fowles

    Jane Fowles

    BA(Hons) DipLA (Hons) MAUD CMLI


    Novell Tullett

    Jane is a chartered Landscape Architect, Urban Designer and Managing Director of Novell Tullett. Jane is also co-chair of the Bristol Design Review Panel for Design West, an Academician at the Academy of Urbanism, and a part-time tutor for the Masters degree in Urban Design at the School of Architecture in Cardiff. Jane’s professional life revolves around the creation of successful places. She believes that being alive to the city context is the key to generating quality and value in the public realm. Well-related spaces bring opportunities for social interaction to local people, and inspiring design can entice life outside with all the wellbeing benefits it provides.

    Health, Landscape, People & Place

  • Shruthi Guruswamy

    Shruthi Guruswamy

    BArch MSc MRTPI


    Shruthi is an Urban Designer, Planner and Architect who is passionate about creating evidence-based design solutions that achieve the right balance between people and environment. She has led and delivered multi-disciplinary urban regeneration and development masterplans in the UK, Sweden, India and Middle East. She has published and delivered talks on sustainable development. Her core areas of focus are sustainable urbanism, climate resilience, TODs, co-design, design codes, healthy places, 20-minute communities and digital planning.

    Climate, Density, Health, Inclusive Design, People & Place, Strategic Development

  • Innes Johnston

    Innes Johnston

    BA, MEng, CEng, MCIBSE, MIOA

    Max Fordham LLP

    Graduating in engineering from Cambridge, Innes joined Max Fordham’s London office to design systems at the Royal Festival Hall Auditorium and develop the acoustics team. He founded their Bristol office in 2013, overseeing local and listed cultural projects as well as new residential and educational developments. He combines detailed knowledge of delivering sustainable new and refurbished buildings with an overview of the energy and sustainability planning context of construction projects and an understanding of the way physics and comfort relate to building fabric and architecture.

    Climate, Health, Heritage

  • Warren Lever

    Warren Lever



    Warren is an Urban Designer and Heritage Professional with over 25 years' experience in master planning, urban design, heritage consultation and the design of public realm schemes. He has worked on urban regeneration proposals, heritage projects and wider placeshaping initiatives for local authorities. In private practice, he previously led the Placeshaping team at Balfour Beatty, working on a number of major urban design, regeneration and streetscape projects. Warren currently works on projects establishing the links between the design of the built environment and quality of life outcomes. He has advised on neighbourhood plans and has expertise in community engagement workshops, Building for Healthy Life and design coding.

    Health, Heritage, People & Place

  • Sophie Thompson

    Sophie Thompson

    BSc (Dual Hons) Dip LA MLI

    LDA Design

    Sophie is a Landscape Architect and Head of Public Realm at LDA Design. She has twenty years’ experience in the design and delivery of liveable streets, squares and green spaces. Currently leading the £35m West End Project, a radical transformation of public realm in central London. Other projects include Newcastle City Centre, Southsea, Covent Garden, Great Ormond, and Carnaby Street. She sits on the NLA Transport and Infrastructure Expert Panel and High Streets Task Force.

    Health, Landscape