• Laura Menzies

    Laura Menzies

    BEng (Hons), CEng, MICE

    Buro Happold

    With a background in infrastructure design and construction, Laura has enjoyed a varied career across the technical design, coordination and construction of projects from the London 2012 stadium to two new cities in Kuwait. Her varied experience covers; flood risk, highways, drainage, utilities and earthworks. She has contributed to the delivery of a wide range of solutions to infrastructure challenges, and has developed an adaptable, collaborative approach to design development.

    Climate, Highways & Transport, People & Place, Strategic Development

  • Claire Miller

    Claire Miller

    PAS 2035 L5 Dip, PGCert, MArch, Architecture (BA Hons), Furniture & Interior Design (BA Hons)

    Askew Cavanna Architects

    Claire is a highly creative Chartered Architect and Retrofit Coordinator/Designer with 15 years industry experience. She is currently an Associate at Askew Cavanna Architects. Her passion is working with existing buildings to create energy efficient, beautiful, inclusive places that bring social, environmental and economic value through design. She has worked on a number of award winning projects including the Soil Association HQ and Docklands Youth & Community Centre, both in Bristol. Claire is also a Board of Trustees for the Centre for Sustainable Energy, a charity supporting people and organisations to tackle the climate emergency and end cold homes.

    Climate, Heritage, Housing, People & Place, Strategic Development

  • Eve Murzyn

    Eve Murzyn

    MArch, BSc (Hons), PGC, ARB, RIBA

    HTA Design LLP

    Eve leads the Bristol office of HTA Design an architectural practice with a focus on housing and has been with HTA since 2013. She has experience in urban design, masterplanning, architectural design, estate regeneration, community consultation and has worked in architectural practice for 18 years. Prior to joining HTA Eve worked for Farrells in Hong Kong working on mixed use projects across Asia, before that she worked for Powell Dobson Architects in the UK on a variety of residential, mixed-use and leisure projects. Eve has also volunteered for Architecture for Humanity whilst located in Cape Town, South Africa and for an architectural practice in Auckland, New Zealand. She has been involved in international development projects in developing countries working with non-profit organisations and aid agencies.

    Housing, People & Place, Strategic Development

  • Cleo Newcombe-Jones

    Cleo Newcombe-Jones

    BA, MSc, MRTPI

    Bath and NE Somerset Council

    Cleo is a town planner and urban designer specialising in urban regeneration and community led and co-designed projects. She has completed numerous Masterplans, development briefs and delivered a number of major schemes including public realm, meanwhile use, green infrastructure, conservation/redevelopment and development projects for both brownfield and greenfield sites. Cleo’s work has won awards for large scale community engagement and excellence in planning and partnership working. Cleo has a passion for design and has undertaken research into the regeneration in post industrial cities in Canada, USA and Eastern Europe.

    Heritage, People & Place, Strategic Development

  • Shabnam Noor

    Shabnam Noor


    Stories by Shabnam Noor Architects

    Shabnam is an architect with robust expertise across architecture, sustainability, business case development and construction management. She set up her practice in 2015 after working with award winning firms on diverse projects, including the mixed-use Quadrant 3 in Piccadilly Circus for The Crown Estate, and the housing and public realm for Battersea Powerstation. Shabnam is passionate about her obligation as an architect to civic engagement and to improve the quality of our built environment. She has a special interest in designing for social inclusion and integration, encouraging urban rewilding and biodiversity, and designing dynamic and adaptable spaces that serve the community.

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

  • David Orr

    David Orr


    David Orr Consulting

    David is an urban designer and landscape architect designing complex urban and rural development projects of all kinds, from small residential developments to masterplans for urban extensions and new communities. His focus is on designing the movement and landscape narrative to create good places. This comes from experience in designing projects including Trafalgar Square, many high street improvements and a range of mixed use masterplans. David has worked extensively on regenerating historic towns and has prepared a number of public realm design guides and strategies. His projects include movement and urban design frameworks for urban districts, market towns, mining and seaside communities across the UK. He is a Design Council Expert and High Streets Task Force Expert.

    Landscape, Strategic Development

  • Frazer Osment

    Frazer Osment

    BA(Hons), MPhil, CMLI


    LDA Design

    Frazer is Chair of LDA. He has broad understanding of the forces driving change in urban and rural environments and specialises in helping places and organisations adapt. As an experienced masterplanner and urban designer he translates strategy into clear and implementable proposals, particularly through design coding. Frazer has advised on major new settlements and urban centres across the UK. He initiated Liveable Exeter which aims to direct transformational housing delivery to lever investment into streets, spaces and infrastructure. Frazer recently led research for RTPI on spatial solutions to decarbonise transport and worked with RTPI and RSPB to prepare model design codes for net zero and nature recovery.

    Climate, Housing, Landscape, People & Place, Strategic Development

  • Paul Britton

    Paul Britton

    BSc (Hons), DipTP, MRTPI

    Local Government Association

    Paul is a qualified town planner with over 20 years’ commercial experience delivering high quality developments throughout the UK. He has worked within multi-functional teams on site acquisitions; undertaken detailed masterplanning / planning applications; and project managed the direct delivery of strategic schemes through joint ventures.

    Housing, Inclusive Growth, Strategic Development

  • Clare Phillips

    Clare Phillips

    BSc DipArch RIBA AABC


    Clare is a conservation accredited, award-winning architect. She has over 20 years’ experience designing and delivering projects across multiple sectors. Her recent projects include large scale residential projects with adaptive re-use and new build elements in London and Bristol. She has also developed a specialist expertise in cultural heritage and museum projects with third sector clients. Clare has extensive experience implementing sustainable strategies in the adaption, repair and restoration of listed buildings.

    Heritage, Housing, Strategic Development