People

  • Elke Dittrich

    Elke Dittrich

    RIBA chartered architect

    DHV Architects

    Elke studied architecture at the Bauhaus University, Weimar and the Technical University, Vienna, before moving to the UK in 1999. She qualified as a UK architect at the Architectural Association in 2001. Elke co-founded DHV Architects in 2005 and has been leading the practice since. DHV Architects specialises in heritage and residential projects. Elke is leading several National Trust Projects such as the new visitor centre at Tyntesfield. She likes to design one off bespoke houses.

    Heritage, Housing, Strategic Development

  • Stefan Kruczkowski

    Stefan Kruczkowski

    BA(Hons) DipTP (Dist) RPUD FHEA PhD

    Urban Design Doctor Limited

    Dr. Stefan Kruczkowski is an urban designer and co-author of Building for Life 12 - the government endorsed design tool for creating better residential developments. Stefan has extensive experience in improving the design quality of residential-led developments. Working for local planning authorities across England, Stefan is experienced in policy and brief writing, development management and post-completion quality auditing. Stefan serves on the panel for Design:Midlands, is a Design Council Cabe Built Environment Expert, an External Examiner at Anglia Ruskin University and a Visiting Tutor at the University of Nottingham.

    Housing, Landscape, People & Place

  • Simon Kale

    Simon Kale

    BA (Hons) CMLI

    Nicholas Pearson Associates

    Simon is a Chartered Landscape Architect with over 25 years’ experience in urban and rural projects including those within green and brownfield sites.  Work has included site analysis, impact assessment and the design of integrated mitigation proposals.  Landscape master-planning and design experience has included new residential, commercial and infrastructure developments from conceptual design to detailed proposals including the successful integration of scheme proposals into sensitive landscape contexts.

    Housing, Landscape, People & Place

  • Simon Carne

    Simon Carne

    Dip Arch RIBA MRTPI

    Simon Carne Architect and Urban Design

    Simon is an architect with experience at all stages of project design and development through to building residential, university and arts projects. His planning and urban design experience includes project management at Westminster City Council on public realm, street design, parks and open spaces, and his urban design and master planning experience includes consultancy for SWRDA. Simon is a member of, and chairs, a number of design review and quality panels across the UK.

    Housing, People & Place, Strategic Development

  • Peter Garitsis

    Peter Garitsis

    BA

    Swindon Borough Council

    Peter is an Urban Designer with experience in professional practices in South Africa and the UK. He currently works in the Masterplanning, Design and Conservation Team at Swindon Borough Council as the Senior Urban Designer. Peter specialises in providing expert advice on large-scale development projects and raises design quality through policy, negotiation, guidance, training and as an expert witness. He is a Recognised Practitioner of the Urban Design Group, and holds a Bachelor of Architectural Studies degree, and a Masters in City Planning & Urban Design.

    Housing, Strategic Development

  • Nick Vaughan

    Nick Vaughan

    BA(Hons) DipArch RIBA

    Alec French Architects

    Nick has a special interest in co-coordinating complex projects on challenging sites, whether they are multi-use or for diverse client bodies. Leading projects such as London's King’s Cross Station, Birmingham's New Street Station and Bristol's Wapping Wharf has driven his passion for re-working and creating healthy, enriching and sustainable communities for people to live, work and travel through. From building projects in cities he understands that successful urban design depends on strong collaboration.

    Density, Housing, People & Place

  • Nick James

    Nick James

    BSc.

    Futureground

    Nick is a sustainability professional with 20 years’ experience working in investor, developer, designer and contractor organisations. His expertise is in the development and regeneration of housing, mixed and merged-use schemes. Nick focuses on applying design thinking to the “software” of how buildings, places and supporting services are designed, delivered, governed, managed and curated. He’s founding director of Futureground, a strategy and change agency helping those organisations shaping our built environment to create triple-bottom-line value.

    Climate, Housing, Strategic Development

  • Neil Emery

    Neil Emery

    BA Hons Dip TP MAUD MRTPI

    Clifton Emery design

    Neil is a master planner, urban designer and town planner with over 30 years of experience promoting design excellence in the built environment. Neil has particular expertise in visioning, planning and strategic design, mixed-use housing and community regeneration. He is one of the founders and owners of Clifton Emery design – a multi-disciplinary design practice bringing together architecture, urban design, landscape design and graphic design in a collaborative design environment.

    Housing, People & Place, Strategic Development

  • Michael Wells

    Michael Wells

    BA (Hons Cantab.), MA (Hons Cantab) PhD C.Biol CWEM CSci FCIEEM, MSB, MCIWEM

    Biodiversity by Design Ltd

    Mike is both a professional ecologist and an ecourbanist, with nearly 30 years of consultancy experience and 40 years in ecological science. He co-founded Biodiversity by Design Ltd in 2006 with the express aim of focusing on creative multifunctional ecology. Mike's key interests lie in exploring opportunities for biodiversity enhancement and ecological education in the creative gaps between Ecology and other disciplines including Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Civil and Structural Engineering and Art. <br /> Mike has led the ecological design of several benchmark exemplars of ecourbanism including the Athletes' Village (now East Village) Stratford for the 2012 Olympic Games and the regeneration of the Greenwich Peninsula. Mike has practiced globally in over 20 countries and published widely in relation to the ecological aspects of urban regeneration, masterplanning and design. He is an expert in innovative habitat creation including multifunctional wetlands and vegetated architecture.

    Housing, Landscape, Strategic Development