REVIEW PANEL MEMBERS
Juliet Bidgood is an architect/urban designer who works at a range of scales from the tactical to the material to realize built projects or advise on the development of places. Her interest is in social and cultural agency in public space and residential neighbourhoods. She recently led the CIAM 6 Cities Re-imagined project for Bridgwater Arts Centre and Glastonbury Instant City a research project with Central Saint Martins. Before moving to the southwest she was a Senior Adviser at CABE and a founding partner of the award-winning practice; muf Architecture/Art. She teaches architecture and urban design at the University of Cardiff, chairs a Housing Excellence Design Review Panel for the South West and Co-chairs the RIBA Client Advisers Steering Group.
Dip 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.
BA (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.
Michael Cowdy is a Director and Urbanism Leader for McGregor Coxall a multi-disciplinary design firm located in Australia, China and the UK dedicated to assisting cities achieve sustainable prosperity. Michael’s passion rests in creating healthy, smart, climate adaptive, and vibrant places that sensitively respond to a local community’s needs. He has extensive experience in complex urban regeneration projects and has delivered internationally recognised design outcomes to a variety of iconic destinations. From city-wide strategies in the UK through to the delivery of award winning public realm in Australia, Michael has an innate ability to strategise a project, integrate stakeholder aspirations, and build lasting bonds and partnerships between disparate organisations and communities. Through an active involvement in local design review panels, national design committees and university tutoring programmes, Michael continues to pursue a progressive, restorative and engaging outcome for place.
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 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 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.
BA (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.
BA (Hons), PGDip TP, PGDip UD, MA UD, MRTPI. Neil is one of the founders and owners of Clifton Emery design with nearly thirty 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 projects of different scales from small public realm and architectural interventions to large regeneration plans and urban extensions – often working closely with local communities.
BA(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 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.
Anja is an architect and associate at Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios with an expertise in city-centre mixed use projects and urban masterplanning. Her approach to architecture is contextual; she promotes collaboration with experts and stakeholders and seeks to challenge the status quo, striving for high quality design. During her career, she has lead a wide range of award-winning projects, from global bank headquarters to pioneering environmental dwellings, in the UK and abroad. She has been invited to lecture on low carbon housing and published a number of articles on sustainability. Anja is an accredited professional with green building rating system LEED and heads up a group of volunteers with the Richard Feilden Foundation. German born and educated, she has lived and worked in the UK since 2001.
RIBA 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 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 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.
BSc (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.
Cora is a Divisional Director architect for Stride Treglown, having joined the practice in 2006 after working in Sweden and Germany for 7 years, and is responsible for a wide range of projects including higher education, student accommodation, workplace and mixed-use schemes.
Cora believes that true collaboration will lead to excellence in design. She is especially interested in the advantages new technologies have to offer with regard to improving the quality and buildability of our designs to create inspiring places for all.
Through her design focus and design review work, not only in the South West but also for the Design Commission for Wales and as a BEE for Design Council CABE, Cora is able to assess schemes quickly, understanding the client’s aspirations and requirements while considering context and potential historic constraints a scheme has to respond to which is reflected in her own work.
Michele 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.
BA PGDipUD MPhil CMLI
Andrew is a chartered Landscape Architect and an Urban Designer, with over 25 years experience as a consultant. He is Landscape and Urban Design Practice lead for CH2M globally. He has a broad range of experience, but primarily in the landscape and environmental design and assessment of a range large-scale infrastructure projects, town and city centre regeneration, streetscape design and project management.
BSc 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.
Stephen 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.
BSc(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.
BA 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.
Dr Louis Rice is an architect, urban designer and senior lecturer. He is a collaborating member of the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Healthy Urban Environments. Dr Rice studied Architecture at Sheffield University and then worked as an architect and urban designer for over a decade in London and Paris. He ran the Masters in Urban Design for several years and currently contributes to the MA in Architecture. He is the author of numerous books and articles on architecture and urban design and specialises in healthy architecture and urban design.
MA 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.
Jonathan is a Director at Phil Jones Associates and is an innovative engineer with 21 years commercial experience in transport planning and urban design. He runs PJA’s Bristol and Exeter offices. Jonathan’s core work involves transport inputs to masterplans and development projects and street design.
Jonathan has worked on many major growth projects involving transport planning and infrastructure considerations at a large scale. He is currently advising on Harlow Garden Town, Greater Exeter Strategic Plan, Buckover Garden Village and the Former Filton Airfield Bristol. He has acted as a transport and highways Expert Witness several times and undertaken a significant amout of design review work.
John 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.
BA 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 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.