• Laura Alvarez

    Laura Alvarez

    BArch (Hons), PG Dip, MAUD, UDGRP, PhD

    Urban Design Group

    Laura practiced architecture and urban design for over two decades. In her Nottingham City Council role, she was the creator of the award-winning Design Quality Framework and its Co-PLACE engagement platform. She is a guest lecturer at various UK universities and she conducts research in practice and has numerous publications on social sustainability, design quality and community engagement; including the recent A Beginner’s Guide to Urban Design and Development: the ABC of quality, sustainable design.

    Density, Housing, People & Place

  • Peter Baker

    Peter Baker

    CMLI, Dip LA, BA (Hons)

    NVB Landscape

    Peter is an experienced landscape architect designing from inception to completion across many sectors, but with particular experience in education, including nursery, primary, pre-prep, secondary and prep schools, sixth form, further education and university campuses. Additional experience in commercial, retail, public realm and historic landscapes. Peter leads landscape design at NVB Landscape in Frome, Somerset, focusing on education.


  • Veronica Barbaro

    Veronica Barbaro

    MSc, MRTPI


    Veronica is a chartered Town Planner now working in digital. She has a real interest in sustainable place-making, resilient design, regeneration and community-driven development. Her experience includes over 10 years in private multi-disciplinary consultancy, working on a breadth of major projects, from national infrastructure schemes (including HS2) to complex city centre regeneration sites in Bristol, Bath and the wider South West. Veronica has a robust understanding of the development management process, as well as development economics and viability considerations. She is a visiting lecturer at UWE and has recently become an Academy of Urbanism Academician.

    Inclusive Design, People & Place, Strategic Development

  • Pepper Barney

    Pepper Barney

    BA(Hons), BArch, PGCert


    Pepper is an architect and masterplanner with a post-graduate specialism in urban regeneration. Previous project experience included working on strategic housing allocation sites as well as smaller rural brownfield infill sites for private developers. Recently, her work has focused on town centre regeneration and supporting landowners with rural diversification strategies.

    Housing, Inclusive Growth, Landscape, People & Place, Strategic Development

  • Lucy Barron

    Lucy Barron

    BArch, BArch, PGCert, CA


    Lucy is an Accredited Conservation Architect who specialises in the care, repair and adaptation of heritage buildings, including the design of new buildings within sensitive locations. Lucy's work includes advising public clients, private clients and design professionals on the impact of development as well as retrofitting and the strategic design of heritage estate and town centres. She has also produced a number of design guides and planning policy documents. Lucy is a visiting lecturer at UWE, Bath Spa, Bath University and Oxford Brookes, and heads up the RIBA group within Bath.

    Climate, Heritage, Strategic Development

  • Austen Bates

    Austen Bates

    BEng (Hons), CEng, MCISBE, BREEAM AP


    Austen is a consultant with 20 years’ experience in the field of sustainability. Throughout his career he has led a diverse range of projects covering global circular economy and decarbonisation challenges, through to working with design teams and clients to deliver cutting edge sustainable award-winning buildings. Austen has worked with many of the UK’s prominent developers and cultural institutions to support them in their transformation towards a more sustainable and resilient future.

    Climate, Heritage, Strategic Development

  • Steven Bee

    Steven Bee

    BA Hons MRes AoU MRTPI

    Urban Counsel

    Steven Bee established his practice in 2010, providing advice, guidance and expert support to those planning and developing better places. He has 40 years’ experience at local and national level, in the public and private sectors. His experience embraces community planning, urban renewal, tourism development, public transport planning, environmental assessment, masterplanning, planning briefs, town centre development, research and policy formulation. He specialises in the integration of new development into historic contexts. Steven is Chairman of the Historic Towns and Villages Forum and former Chairman of the Academy of Urbanism. He is a member of the Urban Design Group and of several Design Review Panels. He was previously a Board member of English Heritage, Director of Planning at Winchester City Council, a Director of Llewelyn-Davies Planning, and began his career at LB Lewisham.

    Heritage, People & Place, Strategic Development

  • Alex Bell

    Alex Bell

    BSc(Hons) MArch ARB RIBA CR, Passive House Designer, Retrofit Coordinator

    Chapter 2 Architects

    Alex is an architect and Passive House Designer with 25 years’ experience in commercial practice across a range of sectors. He has come to realise that being a generalist is itself a specialism, and he can offer any new project the breadth of his previous experience in design, problem solving and optimisation. He is redirecting his focus towards retrofit and reuse to make a positive impact on the challenges created by the climate emergency.

    Climate, Heritage

  • Rob Beswick

    Rob Beswick

    BA Landscape Arch, Dip LA, CMLI

    B|D Landscape Architects

    Through a broad and diverse background Rob has worked on a range of internationally acclaimed and award-winning projects for design practices in Bath, Bristol, London and Chicago. As founder and director of B|D Landscape Architects Rob’s interest lies in innovative contemporary landscape design that leaves a sustainable legacy for the future. Rob is a Landscape Institute Committee member for Awards & Competitions, External Examiner and visiting Lecturer for Leeds Beckett University, a Trustee for the Cheltenham Design Foundation and a Design Council Expert.

    Housing, Landscape, People & Place