• Maria Vierma

    Maria Vierma

    BSc (Hons) Agriculture Engineer, MA Urban Design


    Maria works with a range of public and private sector clients on a variety of urban design, regeneration and masterplanning projects. She has experience of working on high-calibre, creative and technically challenging commissions. Maria has worked on sites across the country. She has the ability to combine vision, delivery, and creative design-led approach. She has experience of working on urban extensions, town regeneration and mixed use developments. This includes managing large multidisciplinary teams and inputs from stakeholder engagement. Throughout her career, she has developed design and analysis skills to produce successful strategic development.

    Density, Housing, People & Place, Strategic Development

  • Andy Ward

    Andy Ward

    BA (Hons) DipArch DipUD DipTP RIBA

    NEW masterplanning Ltd

    Andy is an architect, urban designer and town planner with over 30 years of experience working in both public and private sectors. From designing and implementing major city mixed use regeneration projects, creating visions for towns, strategies for urban extensions, garden villages and detailed housing layouts in sensitive locations, Andy believes in a collaborative process working closely with the wider community, the right professionals and builders to deliver high quality places fit for our future.

    Housing, People & Place, Strategic Development

  • Michael Wells

    Michael Wells


    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. 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

  • Rhiona Williams

    Rhiona Williams

    BSc (Hons), MArch, PGDip, ARB


    Rhiona, a Project Architect at RCKa, has expertise spanning across private and public sectors, in master planning, placemaking and policy projects, specialist residential, community assets and engagement initiatives. She spearheaded the public engagement for the award winning Nourish Hub, Hammersmith and Fulham. She champions high-quality that enhances lives and places. Rhiona's portfolio includes community land trust projects, mixed-use developments and strategic planning projects, producing Design Codes and SPD’s for Lewisham, Isle of Wight, and Brent council.

    Housing, People & Place, Strategic Development

  • Neil Williamson

    Neil Williamson

    BA(Hons), MA, Dip Mgt, FLI, PPLI, FCMI, AdCert EDCP

    Neil Williamson Associates Ltd

    Neil is a landscape architect and urban designer with more than 35 years’ experience. He is a Design Council Expert (Associate), a past President of the Landscape Institute and serves on a number of design review panels including that of the Design Commission for Wales. He has helped develop and promote design policy at local and national level and collaborated with Rob Cowan on Design and Access Statements Explained published in 2008.

    Landscape, People & Place, Strategic Development

  • Charles Wilson

    Charles Wilson

    MA DA[Manc] Dip Arch Riba MRTPI


    Charles Wilson is an Architect & Town Planner who has practiced in both private & public sectors. He previously co-designed the listed bus station at BDP, was City Architect and Planning Director at Lancaster, past chair of the CABE / Historic England Urban Panel, and was the deputy chair of Places Matter, the North West Regional Design Review service. He is current chair of strategic project review for Design West.

    Heritage, Housing, Strategic Development

  • Alexander Wright

    Alexander Wright

    BSc(Hons), Dip Arch, MDesS, FHEA, ARB, RIBA


    University of Bath

    Professor Alex Wright is Head of Architecture at the University of Bath. He is a graduate of the University of Bath, Cambridge University, and Harvard University, where he studied as a Harkness Fellow.  He worked in private practice for 15 years before accepting a full-time academic position in 2005.  Alex is an expert adviser to the Ministerial Advisory Group for the Department for Communities (Northern Ireland) and is Chair of the Swindon Design Review Panel for Creating Excellence. 

    Heritage, People & Place, Strategic Development