John Bignell
2 John BignellDip Ach. RIBA.Since qualifying as an architect, John has had over 30 years of experience in private practice of which 20 years has been as a director of APG, an architecture and urban design practice based in Bristol. The practice is involved in a wide range of projects from residential to commercial, health and education across the UK and in the EU. Projects range from small urban infill sites through to large urban expansions and regeneration, the practice strives to create excellent architecture within people orientated urban design. John’s personal experience as a designer is in the commercial, higher education and residential markets, particularly within an urban and historically sensitive context. Working with many developers John also understands the commercial pressures on development and the need to marry commercial issues with good design.


Gavin Bridge
3 Gavin BridgeGavin is a proudly Bristol based commercial property developer and investor. With his business partners at Cubex his completed and ongoing projects span across all commercial property sectors including offices, retail, industrial, distribution, hotels, leisure, motor trade and healthcare. The portfolio is diverse not only in terms of market sector but also by geography, size, value and complexity.  Local projects of note include The Paragon office development on Victoria Street and College Square House on Anchor Road.  With very much a hands on management style his developments are noted for their build quality and attention to detail. He does not accept the notion that a limited budget should only produce mediocre architecture. When not making a nuisance of himself with his design teams Gavin likes to spend time with his son.


Peter Carey
5 peter_careyBA (Arch) Dip Arch (Bristol) RIBA
Peter grew up in Bristol and was educated at the University. After a gap year in the Far East he won an SPAB scholarship studying William Morris derived historic building repair philosophy and techniques around the country. A spell in Shrewsbury followed by London brought him to Bath where he has lived and worked for the last 23 years. Currently a senior associate of Donald Insall Associates. Has worked on everything from cottage to cathedral including RIBA HQ in London, Inigo Jones and John Soane’s work in Lincloln’s Inn Fields, many years on the historic parts of the fabled Bath Spa, and recently in Bristol, 25 Queen Square and the Theatre Royal.



Nick Childs
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Bsc. B.Arch. RIBA
Nick has been living and working in Bristol for over 25 years and was a founding partner of the firm Childs + Sulzmann architects in 1994. The practice has an established reputation for sensitive contemporary intervention in historic environments. Active in the RIBA for many years Nick has chaired the Bristol and Bath Branch, been a member of the Regional Council and sat on the National Council from 2002-2006. He was also a board member of the RIBA Journal 2004-2008. He is widely experienced in design review having been a member of the CABE South West Design Review Panel since its inception. Nick also teaches at the University of Bath and was the inaugural chair of the Bristol Urban Design Forum.

James de-Havilland
7 de Havilland_JamesJames is the Design Partner at Barton Willmore and heads the masterplanning team based in Bristol. He has extensive expertise in masterplanning large strategic sites and specific interest in delivering sustainable mixed-use neighbourhoods, and the regeneration of brownfield heavy industry sites, through community involvement and collaboration. James started his career in local authority as a conservation officer and later worked in development control, specialising in masterplanning. Since 1998 James has provided advice around the country. James has been a member of the South West Design Review Panel from its inception, has worked as a regional enabler for Creating Excellence and a CABE enabler. James is a Building for Life accredited assessor. James believes in creating desirable places for people to live as the end goal for his work.


Elke Dittrich
8 Elke DittrichElke studied architecture at the Bauhaus University in Weimar and the Technical University in Vienna, before moving to the UK in 1998. After working for several leading architects on largescale education and commercial projects, Elke set up her own practice in Bristol in 2005. Elke’s company, Dittrich Hudson Vasetti Architects, works primarily in the education, residential and historic building sectors.
Elke is an ardent supporter of quality contemporary design, practical sustainability and imaginative, serene urban interventions which respect the spirit and history of the city. She hopes that Bristol can be inspired by successes from comparable cities in Europe.


Marc Dix
8 Marc Dix v2BA (Hons) DipLA CMLI.  Marc is a chartered landscape architect and Director of Little Thunder Studio Landscape Architects. He has more than 15 years’ experience of designing projects for urban realm, residential, commercial, retail and mixed use markets.
After working as Associate in London and the West Country, Marc moved to Asia to manage a Singapore based landscape team. The design-led practice offered landscape concept design through to contract completion on a variety of projects in China, Vietnam and Singapore. Here he was exposed to a variety of cultural requirements and design expectations.  Originally from Bath, he has a close association with Bristol and was involved with the Bristol Harbourside scheme and The Bristol Academy BSF in Fishponds. He has a strong passion for creating diverse, meaningful spaces for people and for knitting these into the existing public realm.


Neil Emery

BA (Hons), PGDip TP, PGDip UD, MA UD, MRTPI.  Neil is one of the founders and owners of Clifton Emery design with over twenty five years experience in promoting design excellence in the built environment. With a background in both the public and private sectors, Neil’s expertise spans urban design, masterplanning, urban conservation and strategic town planning. Neil’s passion for creating inspirational places is combined with a pragmatism based upon his expertise in planning and strategic design. He has directed many urban regeneration projects, city and town visions and frameworks, strategic master plans and urban extensions. He has been instrumental in the delivery of many projects of small and significant scale working closely with many local communities.

Jane Fowles
10 Jane FowlesBA(Hons) DipLA(Hons) MAUD CMLI
Jane initially worked in private practice in London, but for the last 15 years heads up Novell Tullett, an established Bristol practice of landscape architects and urban designers. Her main interest is the complex inner city environment where urban and landscape design overlap. Her career spans landscape design and policy making across the housing sector, education and countryside issues both in the UK and abroad. Jane has lectured on planting design, the design of home zones/shared surface; design development of the latter continues to be an important part of her work in the south west. Jane is an Academician at the Academy of Urbanism and member of the Urban Design Group.


Rob Gregory
11 Rob GregoryRob Gregory is Programme Manager at The Architecture Centre, Associate Editor of the Architectural Review, Regional Director of Levitate, and Teaching Fellow at the University of Bath. Before joining the AR in 2003, Rob practiced at Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Hopkins Architects and Allies+Morrison, while making regular contributions to the Independent newspaper, Blueprint, and Building Design. Twice nominated as IBP Architectural Critic of the Year, he was recognised as one of the UK’s most promising young architects in the 2005 AJ Corus 40 under 40 award scheme. While in 2008 he was part of Levitate’s winning team on the international design competition for Birnbeck Island, and published his first major book Key Contemporary Buildings. Now over 40, he has completed his own house in Cliftonwood where he lives with wife Louise and three year old son, Archie.


Richard Guise
12 Richard GuiseRIBA MRTPI AoU
Richard is an architect planner with 40 years experience, and founder of the Bristol-based urban design consultancy Context4D, established in 2004. Formerly Richard was course director of the MA Urban Design programme at the University of the West of England Bristol, for 14 years. He is Visiting Research Fellow at UWE, where he continues to teach on the CPD programme and occasionally on post graduate courses.
His specialisms include design guidance and negotiation, urban characterisation and interpretation, conservation, public realm design, facilitation, and sustainable urban design, mainly for local authorities and communities, both locally and nationwide. He is co-author of publications on many of these issues. Richard is an Academician of the Academy of Urbanism and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Matt Harrison
13 Matt HarrisonMatt Harrison has been a project architect and sustainability consultant at White Design for six years. Matt leads the development of sustainable consultancy within White Design and is an invited member of the Sustainable Development Commission in Wales; he is a South West Design Enabler. Major projects include; the production of the The Mill Sustainable Design Code in Cardiff for the Welsh Assembly Government, the East Sussex County Council’s Sustainable Buildings Policy ; the Dove Lane Area supplementary planning guidance document for Bristol City Council; a winning competition entry for the National UK Government TSB Retrofit project currently in construction in Easton.


Geoff Haslam
14 Geoff_haslam_cropGeoff studied at Hull School of Architecture before setting up Hull Architecture Workshop, an early Architecture Centre. Relocating to Bristol, he worked as an Environmental Education Officer, spending a period in Toronto. In Cardiff in 1990, he transformed Community Design Service into an urban design focused resource, pioneering innovative street design and community projects. Geoff developed the College Green Centre in Bristol and worked regenerating the former Brunel Technical College. He set up Local Agenda Ltd. in 2002, providing project and client services. As Director he has developed research centres, Salvation Army citadels and schools. Geoff co-authored a street design manual for English Heritage, and a CABE project on good street design. He is an academician of the Academy of Urbanism and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.


James Howard
15 James HowardBSc (Hons) MRICS.  James Howard has worked in the residential and commercial property industry for over 19 years. He has specialised in the development & project management and delivery of complex mixed use urban regeneration projects, throughout the UK, with a focus on South West and South Wales working for innovative regeneration specialist Urban Splash over the last 5 years. He is Project Leader for the delivery of the award winning Lake Shore development in South Bristol, the former Imperial Tobacco Headquarters, now working with the Homes and Communities Agency. James promotes the importance of good design, sustainability and benefit of partnerships and has a particular interest in creating sustainable homes and communities. James is also a member of the Torbay Design Review Panel and been actively involved in several design review panels since its inception in 2008.


Michele Lavelle
16 LavelleMichele grew up in London and Amsterdam. After studying landscape architecture in Cheltenham she moved to Bristol to work for an international architectural practice and was involved in many large scale local and international projects. She is a landscape architect and urban designer with a masters degree in town and country planning. Michele established 4D Landscape Design, an unconventional and award winning practice with a wide portfolio. A member of London based TDAG (the Tree and Design Action Group) she is also a founder member of the Bristol Tree Forum. As an occasional lecturer, writer and critic Michele continues to challenge conventional thinking in the interests of creating a better environment.


Andrew Linfoot
17 LinfootBA PGDipUD MPhil CMLI
Andrew is a chartered Landscape Architect and an Urban Designer, with over 20 years experience as a consultant. He is currently an Associate Director at Halcrow. He has a broad range of experience but primarily in the design and assessment of large-scale infrastructure projects, town and city centre regeneration and streetscape design. His work is featured is Streets for All published by DfT and English Heritage, and he was the Chair of the Landscape institutes Technical Committee.



Tom Littlewood
18 LittlewoodBSc Hons (Hort) MLA
Tom founded the art and design consultancy Ginkgo Projects in 2001 after having led the Scottish arts charity Independent Public Arts. Originally a landscape architect, he broadened his practice to encompass the pioneering concepts of linking cultural planning and placemaking in the mid 1990’s. He has wide and grounded experience in generating and leading creative projects that integrate art and creativity as a key element of environmental, architectural and regenerative schemes. Tom has undertaken a range of advocacy activities including lecturing at Glasgow School of Art, the University of Plymouth and providing assessment advice on public art to a wide range of public bodies.


Chris McDermott
20 McDermottChris is a chartered landscape architect and knows Bristol well, having worked for various private practices in the city for over twenty five years. He is experienced in all aspects of landscape design and visual assessment, particularly for major infrastructure projects, historic townscape, the education sector, city centre regeneration, new railways and commercial and industrial development schemes. He has promoted large development projects through the planning system, including Northstowe, a new town near Cambridge. Chris is passionate about all things Bristol and joined the BUDF to contribute to the city’s continued evolution as the strategic urban centre of the south west.#


Stephen Melville
21 MelvilleStephen Melville is a founding Director of Format. Formerly a Director of Whitbybird Engineers then Design Director of Ramboll UK Stephen set up Format in 2014 with the goal of establishing an Engineering design studio which considered Structural Engineering, geometry modelling, digital optimisation, fabrication, research and education as an seamless entity and as a bridge between the worlds of Science, art, architecture and design. Whilst at Ramboll Stephen’s role was lead for Design and Technical Excellence in the UK. As well as leading the technical delivery of Structural Engineering Stephen created then led the Ramboll Computational Design (RCD) Team, a highly successful group dedicated to the research and application of digital techniques for building and masterplan design. He is a member of the visiting RIBA education panel and was a member of the 2013 RIBA awards panel. Stephen is an Associate Lecturer at Oxford Brookes School of Architecture and a collaborator on the Architecture Association Active Matter course. He regularly lectures and critiques at Architecture schools across the world. He has published several papers on the subject of digital design in Engineering and Architecture.


Claire Mitcham
22 MitchamBA (Hons) DipTP MA(UD) MRTPI

Claire has a range of experience as an urban designer and spatial planner. She has worked within both public and private sectors within the UK, and at the World Health Organization, where she coordinated an initiative on healthy urban planning as part of the European Healthy Cities programme. She is an Associate at Peter Brett Associates where she continues to develop her interest in the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainable development, health and well-being through a variety of projects from strategic spatial and design policy work down to masterplanning studies, proposals and recommendations for specific sites. Claire is also experienced in design review, having been a member of the South West Design Review Panel from 2006 to 2010.

Phil Parker
23 ParkerBSc(Hons), C.Eng, MICE, CMIHT, MSoRSA, FRSA
A Chartered Civil Engineer for 30 years with extensive experience of the highways design, Phil has managed detailed design and construction projects with consultants in Bristol since 1987. Frustrated by the accepted routine UK detailing of highways works, Phil completed a Churchill Fellowship in Western Europe to study ‘Sympathetic Highway Design’ with particular emphasis on Shared Space. His essay ‘City Planning as if people mattered’ won the 2007 Ecologist Magazine Essay Prize. Phil has developed several Shared Space style schemes including the Station Road, Tidworth project which was constructed in 2008 and Commended in the IHT 2008 Manual for Streets awards. Phil is a qualified Road Safety Auditor and has completed over 250 Audits. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts.


Lucy Pedler
25 PedlerBA Arch, Dip Arch, ARB, RIBA, FRSA
Lucy is an architect with 29 years of professional experience in the UK and USA and has particular expertise in sustainable building practices. Lucy worked as a Product Specialist and Seminar Coordinator at Construction Resources, the UK’s first Ecological Building Centre for five years. This role involved researching the environmental impact of building materials and systems and then conveying the information to both clients and construction professionals. Lucy’s experience as Seminar Coordinator contributed to the setting up of The Green Register in order to raise awareness of sustainable building to a wider audience. Lucy created The Green Register in 2000, now a nation-wide networking and educational organisation promoting sustainable building practices to all disciplines of the construction industry. In 1999, Lucy started her own sustainable architecture practice, archipeleco, designing buildings that have a low impact on the environment. Lucy is an AECB member (Association of Environment Conscious Building) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Louis Rice
26 RiceLouis Rice is a registered architect with over a decade of international experience in architecture and urban design, working in London and Paris on a wide range of different developments. The projects have grown in scale from small buildings to large masterplanning projects. In the last few years, this has shifted to theoretical research into sustainable urban areas and particularly the role of informal urbanism. Academic work has been connected to lecturing at a number of institutions in Bristol, Sheffield and Paris.



Tim Rolt
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Prof Richard Silverman
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Professor Richard Silverman OBE is an architect specialising in urban design and urban regeneration who has lived in Bristol since 1971. He has a special interest in the reconciliation of urban ideals with the realities of the development industry and in the life of public spaces. He was a partner in Alec French Partnership in Bristol and later Professor of Architecture and Head of the Welsh School of Architecture in Cardiff where he is now Professor Emeritus. Richard was a Board Member of Cardiff Bay Development Corporation form 1989 to 2000, participating in this £2bn regeneration project and chairing its design panel.



Peterjohn Smyth
31 SmythB.A., DipArch (Cantab), RIBA
Peterjohn is an architect and urban designer with over forty years experience working in Bristol. He was a Director with Percy Thomas Partnership but set up a new practice, ESHA Architects LLP, with two colleagues in 2004, when Percy Thomas Partnership was taken over. His main specialisms are masterplanning, housing and healthcare design. He led and coordinated the first phase of The Prince of Wales’ groundbreaking urban village at Poundbury. He is a Fellow of The Prince’s Foundation and has been involved in a number of The Foundation’s ‘Enquiry by Design’ consultation events. Recent work has included a masterplan for a new settlement of about 5,000 dwellings on the edge of Bucharest and a competition winning design for a new hospice in Pontefract.


Nichola Tasker
32 TaskerMA Dip Arch, Dip Archaeology, RIBA.  Nichola is an architect who specialises in the repair and conservation of historic buildings and the design of new buildings in historic contexts. After considerable years in private practice in Bristol and elsewhere, Nichola has recently moved to a more strategic role as Head of National Projects at English Heritage where she champions sensitive repair and design excellence in all new developments on EH sites. Previously Nichola has worked as Project Architect and Project Manager on heritage and design projects on some of the most significant historic buildings in the country including Hampton Court Palace, the Tower of London and closer to home at Tyntesfield near Bristol. Nichola is a Scholar of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings and supports the Society’s views on the need for good contemporary design to complement historic buildings and spaces to enrich the urban tapestry of our cities.

John Waldron
33 WaldronJohn is principal of spaces4learning, a consultancy specialising in educational design. In 2005 he undertook a twelve-month sabbatical to study education design abroad. Prior to this he was a director at architectureplb, responsible for a number of prize-winning projects. Earlier in his career John gained experience of urban design and housing working at a senior level with major practices in the UK and in Germany. His academic experience includes tutoring at schools of architecture in the UK and at the Federal Polytechnic in Zurich. He is a member of the CABE Schools Review Panel and the South West Design Review Panel.



Michael Wells

34 WellsBA MA (Cantab) PhD MIEEM MSB MCIWEM CBiol CSci CEnv
Mike Wells is an ecologist, ecourbanist and Founding Director of Biodiversity by Design – a company that explores synergies between ecology, urban design, architecture, landscape architecture, engineering and art. He is an External Lecturer and Visiting Research Fellow of the University of Bath School of Architecture and Civil Engineering, has taught on the Cities Programme of the LSE and is the author of numerous papers and book chapters on ecological assessment, design and eco-masterplanning. Mike co-authored the UK National Guidance on Ecological Impact Assessment for the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management, and is a Member of the Operational Board of the Sustainable Environment Foundation.


Charles Wilson
35 WilsonCharles Wilson is a Consultant Architect & Town Planner. Practiced in private & public sectors; Architect with Building Design Partnership; various public sector appointments and latterly Town Clerk and Director of Development with Lancaster City Council. Currently member English Heritage Advisory Committee; Chairman CABE/EH Urban Panel; CABE Enabler; DCMS nominee to Church Commissioners Closed Churches Committee; Vice-chair Places Matter – the North West Regional Design Review Panel; Enabler with Creating Excellence South West; Member BUDF Steering Committee; Architect to Lancaster Priory and Parish Church. Previously adviser to the Local Government Association and its predecessors for 25 years. Past President ,District Planning Officers Society; Past Vice-Chair, English Historic Towns Forum; Director, British Board of Agrement 1990-98; Past Member, Blackburn Diocesan Advisory Committee; Past Member, NW Catholic Historic Churches Advisory Committee; and Past Member, Council of the Town & Country Planning Summer School.

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