• 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

  • Steven Bee

    Steven Bee

    BA Hons MRes AoU MRTPI

    Urban Counsel

    Steven Bee established his practice in 2010, providing advice, guidance and expert support to those planning and developing better places. He has 40 years’ experience at local and national level, in the public and private sectors. His experience embraces community planning, urban renewal, tourism development, public transport planning, environmental assessment, masterplanning, planning briefs, town centre development, research and policy formulation. He specialises in the integration of new development into historic contexts. Steven is Chairman of the Historic Towns and Villages Forum and former Chairman of the Academy of Urbanism. He is a member of the Urban Design Group and of several Design Review Panels. He was previously a Board member of English Heritage, Director of Planning at Winchester City Council, a Director of Llewelyn-Davies Planning, and began his career at LB Lewisham.

    Heritage, People & Place, 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

  • 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

  • Georgina Bolton

    Georgina Bolton


    Bristol City Council / Freelance Arts Producer and Consultant

    Georgina is an experienced Arts Producer and Consultant specialising in public realm projects across the arts, heritage and built environment sectors. Previously at Situations and Trust New Art, she is now Public Art Officer for Bristol City Council, collaborating across teams to strategise, secure and manage cultural investment for Bristol’s public realm via the planning system, advocating for the transformative role that arts and culture plays in our everyday lives. Georgina is a Trustee of Terrestrial UK and a Lecturer on UWE’s MA/MFA Curating programme.

    Heritage, People & Place, Strategic Development

  • Emma Bryant

    Emma Bryant

    BA(Hons), MSc, IHBC

    Purcell Architecture

    Emma is a senior heritage consultant with over a decade of experience advising clients, architects and other disciplines on the sensitive adaptation of historic buildings and the design of new buildings within the historic environment. Emma provides recommendations and appraisal of sites and schemes from feasibility stage through to application. Emma’s work also includes heritage expertise for local authorities and Historic England including acting as a conservation officer and preparing conservation area management plans.


  • Ben Croot

    Ben Croot

    BSc (Hons), MSc, CMLI

    LDA Design

    Ben is a Chartered Landscape Architect with over 17 years’ professional experience. He has worked on a range of development projects, including nationally significant infrastructure projects. He has co-authored technical guidance for the Landscape Institute and regularly acts as an expert witness. Ben believes strongly in design as both a process and an outcome and the importance of understanding place and the wider context to shape a clear and compelling narrative that underpins projects to deliver memorable and cherished places.

    Ecology, Heritage, Landscape, Strategic Development