• Louisa Philpott

    Louisa Philpott

    BA MSc


    Louisa has over 25 years experience in architecture and masterplanning, in the West, with a focus on sustainability and climate adaptation. She has worked across the public and private sectors on strategic sites, mixed use urban masterplanning and planning policy. She is a senior urban designer at Arup leading on national and international projects with themes of Reimagining Town Centres, Just Transition, carbon management and climate risk analysis.

    Climate, Housing, People & Place, Strategic Development

  • Simon Power

    Simon Power


    Mott MacDonald

    Simon is an urban geographer, strategic town planner, infrastructure designer, regeneration consultant and consenting specialist with 30 years’ experience of leading interdisciplinary planning and sustainability teams. He is experienced in complex schemes involving transport-oriented infrastructure, also in early-stage policy, strategy and feasibility studies. In 2022 he completed a place-based PhD in Geography and Planning. Previously his career covered highways, rail, energy and water projects as well as urban regeneration. He supports Design Commission for Wales in panel reviews and workshops and is a Member of Bristol Advisory Committee on Climate Change. Simon’s recent work includes major regeneration frameworks: Bristol Temple Quarter, Frome Gateway and Bristol City Centre.

    Highways & Transport, People & Place, Strategic Development

  • Raadiyah Rifath-Dodsworth

    Raadiyah Rifath-Dodsworth

    BArch, MArch, PgDip, MA, ARB, RIBA


    Raadiyah is a specialist education architect with a focus on schools in particular across the state and independent sector. With experience through all RIBA stages of work, Raadiyah has insight on the development of infrastructure within masterplans, a working knowledge of cradle-to-cradle embodied carbon initiatives from an interdisciplinary viewpoint and shares a passion for community based projects, integrated into inclusive environments.

    People & Place, Strategic Development

  • Alan Ringe

    Alan Ringe

    BA Dip Arch RIBA

    GJR Architects

    After studying construction technology at South Devon College, Alan studied Architecture at Plymouth and has practiced at director level for over 30 years. He has worked on projects in Retail, Commercial, Leisure, Hospitality and Housing. He has experience in master planning and urban design, and worked extensively on projects within conservation areas. Alan has successfully worked on numerous listed buildings throughout the Southwest. Alan has extensive experience working with multiple disciplines in construction projects both private and public. Alan is also a fine furniture maker, having studied at Bridgwater and studied Art History with the Open University. Alan has sat on and presented to review panels for a number of years.

    Density, Heritage, Housing, Strategic Development

  • Richard Rose-Casemore

    Richard Rose-Casemore

    BA (Arch) Dip Arch (Dist) FRSA RIBA


    Design Engine Architects

    Richard is a co-founder of Design Engine Architects and enjoys working in all sectors and at all scales: from masterplanning to interior design, with architecture at the centre. Before the creation of Design Engine in 2000, Richard was a director of Architecture PLB, senior architect with Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners, and an associate of ORMS. He has been the recipient of numerous national and international design awards during 25 years of practice, and also received the Stephen Lawrence Prize for his own house in Winchester. Richard has a particular passion for teaching and has been a regular visiting critic or external examiner at the Bath, OBU, Brighton, UCL Bartlett, Portsmouth and Plymouth Schools. Previously a member of CABE, Richard has been involved with several Design Review Panels across the South of England and now focuses solely on Design West.

    Housing, People & Place, Strategic Development

  • Peter Sandover

    Peter Sandover

    BSc, BArch, RIBA, HKIA

    Sandover Associates

    Peter has more than 30 years’ experience in sustainable architecture, masterplanning and regeneration. Over recent years he has focussed on community planning, neighbourhood plans and community engagement strategies primarily in the South West. He is a Design Council Expert Associate, a Neighbourhood Planning Champion and chair of the South Devon National Landscape Partnership. On all his projects he sets out to demystify the development and planning process and build local confidence and capacity.

    Climate, People & Place, Strategic Development

  • James Sibson

    James Sibson

    BA (hons), BArch, RIBA, AABC

    FCB Studios

    James is focused upon delivering design solutions developed from an intricate understanding of existing and historic buildings and context. He has worked across the UK on projects ranging from the discreet though to the large-scale redevelopment of urban sites. He seeks to embed a strong philosophy of reuse and to maximise cultural engagement of historic buildings and settings. He is also co-chair of the Heritage Group feeding into the UKNZCBS.

    Climate, Heritage, Strategic Development

  • Claire Smith

    Claire Smith

    BSc, MSt(cantab), CEng, FIStructE, MICE, Hon DEng

    Buro Happold

    Claire is the office director for the 550 strong Bath (founding) office of Buro Happold. She was made a Fellow of the Institution of Structural Engineers in 2016, a Partner at Buro Happold in 2018 and an honorary Doctor of Engineering in 2022. During her time in consultancy, she has worked on a wide variety of new build and refurbishment projects including educational, cultural and leisure buildings with much of her work focused in the South West market, where she is leading Buro Happold’s work in the Temple Quarter Enterprise zone. A strong theme of her work is the desire to produce structures that are expressive of the material properties of which they are constructed. In addition to her role at Buro Happold, Claire is on the South West Council of the Confederation of British Industry, leads the Climate and Nature group for the Future Ambition Board for BANES and sits on the Industrial Liaison Panel at the University of Bath.

    Climate, Heritage, Strategic Development

  • Ben Smith-Laing

    Ben Smith-Laing

    CEng, MEng(hons), MCIHT, CMILT

    Transport Planning, Hydrock

    Ben is a Chartered Engineer with over 20 years of experience in transport consultancy for a broad range of public and private sector clients. He regularly advises on a range of issues from place-making through to technical junction modelling.

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