Panel

  • Colin Cobb

    Colin Cobb

    BA(Hons) DipArch ARB

    FCB Studios

    Colin is an associate at FCB Studios, where he has worked since 2007. He specialises in education and performing arts buildings, and has completed a number of schools and university buildings. These include the Plymouth School of Creative Arts and the Birmingham Conservatoire, which features a 480 seat orchestral concert hall, multiple smaller venues and a suite of recording studios. He also sits on the Bristol Urban Design Forum review panel.

    Housing, People & Place, Strategic Development

  • Matthew Coombe

    Matthew Coombe

    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.

    Density, People & Place, Strategic Development

  • Michael Cowdy

    Michael Cowdy

    FLI MAUD Ba (Hons)

    McGregor Coxall

    Michael’s passion rests in achieving healthy, smart, green and locally responsive places. With 15 years international experience, Michael adopts a systematic design approach that achieves restorative and engaging outcomes for places. As a Director and Urbanism Leader for McGregor Coxall, he has delivered award winning visions, strategic frameworks, masterplans and public realm projects in the UK, Australia and China.

    Landscape, People & Place, Strategic Development

  • 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

  • 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

  • Estelle Doughty

    Estelle Doughty

    RIBA, ARB

    architectureAnd

    Estelle is a practicing architect based in Cornwall and has been a member of the CDRP since 2012. In Cornwall she was involved in the inception and development of the St Ives Neighbourhood Plan. Estelle has broad experience of commercial and residential projects from practice in London. Where she taught undergraduate architecture and spatial arts at London Metropolitan University before relocating with her own practice, architectureAnd, to Cornwall. Estelle has acted as a Consultant architect to other practices including Barnet Council, developing public facing and residential projects as part of larger regeneration plans.

    Housing, People & Place, Strategic Development

  • Sophie Duke

    Sophie Duke

    MA UP, PGDip UD

    Dorset Council

    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.

    Density, Housing, People & Place, Strategic Development

  • Richard Eastham

    Richard Eastham

    BSc (Hons) MA DipUP (Dist) MRTPI AoU

    Feria Urbanism

    Richard is an urban designer and urban planner with extensive experience in the preparation of design strategies, development frameworks and neighbourhood plans. He has particular expertise in engaging with local communities to help shape and influence emerging spatial strategies. Richard is a visiting tutor on the architecture course at the Arts University Bournemouth and an urban design teaching fellow at the University of Southampton.

    Density, Inclusive Design, People & Place, 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