Keith Williams, Chair
Keith is a chartered architect and an urban designer and is the founder and design director of London based Keith Williams Architects. He is a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects, the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Keith works internationally on major civic, arts, masterplan and development projects, and is recipient of nearing 40 major design and construction awards for his projects. His principal works include inter alia, The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury; The Novium Museum, Chichester; the National Opera House, Wexford, Ireland; The Unicorn Theatre, London; Athlone Civic Centre, Ireland; and a new city for 10 million people near Karachi, Pakistan. He is currently working on a new cultural centre and library in Saskatchewan, Canada as well as projects in the UK, Europe and Malaysia.
Keith has chaired Lewisham Design Review Panel since 2013 and in that role has conducted more than 100 project reviews of many scales and complexities. He sits as a National Design Review Panel Member at Design Council CABE, is a co‐chair at Design South‐East, and is chair of the Civic Trust Awards National Panel. In 2010 Keith was made Distinguished Honorary Professor of Architecture at Zhengzhou University, China and has lectured widely on his work which has been published worldwide.
Ben van Bruggen, Deputy Chair
Ben is an urban planner and urbanist with over 20 years experience working in the public and private sectors in the UK and internationally. Ben founded van Bruggen Urbanism in 2012 to provide advice to clients on urban planning, urban design and architectural aspects of planning applications, including townscape and heritage assessments and design review.
As well as being Deputy Chair of the Lewisham Design Review Panel since 2013, he is cochair of the Design: South + East Panel, Ben and a founding member of the Home Office Design Quality Panel. Ben authored the publication Better Police Buildings to promote better practice in the design of Police HQs and Custody Suites. Before setting up van Bruggen Urbanism Ben was Head of Urban Design at Savills, an international multi‐disciplinary property firm. Ben led urbanism projects in China, Russia and Montenegro as well as major projects in London. Ben was also Senior Design Review Advisor to the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) from 2001 – 2006, where he was responsible for leading CABE’s Design Review work on many major projects.
Ben is a member of the RIBA Planning and Urbanism Group and ran their design review training programme, encouraging architects and others to be better at presenting and review schemes. Ben is a past Chair of the Urban Design Group.
Martha is a Senior Associate at Townshend Landscape Architects working on a wide variety of projects at varying scales with an emphasis on urban regeneration. Her schemes include the masterplan and Reserved Matters submissions for the landscape design for Royal Wharf, a 41 acre residential led site in the Royal Docks in London where almost half the site will be open space. The Woodberry Down masterplan in Hackney proposed 3,900 homes, 3 new public parks, a central public square, and residential courtyards; and The Radcliffe Observatory Quarter masterplan, Mathematics Institute and Blavatnik School of Government in Oxford.
One of her principal projects is the King’s Cross redevelopment seeing the master plan through planning and into the detailed design stages including Granary Square, Pancras Square and the King’s Boulevard.
Hiro is an award winning specialist in the architectural design and delivery of regenerative transport hubs. He has been involved in major railway infrastructure projects in the UK since the iconic Jubilee Line extension in London in the 1990s, including the multi‐award winning redevelopment of London King’s Cross Station for Network Rail as lead programme architect and the realisation of Crossrail Bond Street Station in the heart of London’s West End now under construction.
Hiro's experience includes client advisory roles for major infrastructure organisations such as Transport for London, Network Rail, British Airports Authority, Translink, Eurostar and High Speed 1. He brings international experience, having been chief architect for high profile metro projects and associated regenerative masterplan schemes in Moscow, Delhi and Dhaka. Until early 2015, Hiro was board director of John McAslan + Partners, responsible for their transport projects. He has now joined the global design firm, Gensler, as Head of Transport and Infrastructure.
Renato is a founding partner of award‐winning practice McDowell+Benedetti architects, which has a high‐profile reputation for an unusually diverse range of projects in various scales and sectors. He serves as a Design Council CABE Built Environment Expert (BEE), sits on the Design Review Panels for Southwark and Wandsworth, and is a RIBA Client Design Advisor and Competitions judge. He is also a founding committee member of the London Architecture Festival, a committee member of the Architecture Club, and a visiting professor at Roma Tre University in Rome.
David was recently appointed Director of Design, Exhibitions and FuturePlan at the Victoria and Albert Museum. He is responsible for the physical manifestation of the V&A ‘brand’ from printed materials and posters to the new V&A Museum within ‘Olympicopolis’ in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. For more than 20 years prior to joining the V&A, David was a Senior Partner at Hawkins\Brown Architects. He has considerable experience leading award-winning projects within the education, commercial, arts and regeneration sectors, and worked across the studio supporting and participating in dialogue, debate and design reviews.
For more than 10 years David led the regeneration of the Grade 2* listed Park Hill which was shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize 2013. One of the last projects that he led, alongside creative agencies Poke and DN&CO was the repurposing of the Press, Media and Broadcast Centre within the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Greg is the founding director of Blee Halligan Architects, based in London and the Caribbean. Greg is a Lewisham resident. The practice undertakes a diverse range of work from large scale mix‐use schemes, one‐off houses, office fit‐out and restaurant design. Previously, he was lead architect for the residential component for the £1 billion Hammersons/ Westfield development in Croydon, and joint‐lead architect for the £100 million mixed‐use scheme for the Cathedral Group on Brighton, which includes a Dance building and Library for the University of Brighton.
Since forming Coffey Architects in 2005, Phil has been included in some of the most prestigious exhibitions within the profession and the practice has won a number of high profile awards. The practice won the Stephen Lawrence Prize in 2011 for the best building under £1m and a number of other RIBA awards in recent years. The practice also won Small 3 Project Architect of the Year and also Young Architect of the Year award at the Building Design Architect of the Year Awards 2012 for its portfolio of residential, public and international work.
Phil has been a guest speaker at the RIBA and the Royal Academy as well as being an invited critic to a number of schools of Architecture. Included in the Architects Journal 40 under 40 exhibition in 2006 and the 'Faces of British Architecture' photographic exhibition in 2011 he has also been named as one of the Independent on Sunday’s 101 Greatest Britons 2012. Appointed for the Science Museum Research Centre in 2014, the practice also received AJ Retrofit awards in 2014 and 2015 for Best House under £300K & £250K respectively and celebrated 10 years in practice with Exposure, an exhibition hosted by the RIBA.
Jason joined FCB Studios in 1996 being made a Partner in 2007 and is now a Group leader with an overview of teams in the London and Belfast offices. Prior to this he spent four years in Edinburgh as an Associate of the Alberti Group with Joseph Rykwert and Robert Tavenor managing the and co‐ordinating the group for a major exhibition on the theory and Practice of Leon Battista Alberti, which was held in Mantua, Italy in 1994. He has held teaching positions in Edinburgh and Bath Universities.
Jason currently heads up the housing sector within FCB Studios and is involved as the design lead across a number of diverse projects. His work covers numerous sectors which include master planning, schools, Further Education, as well as Student, Social and Private Housing.
Richard set up practice with Brian Vermeulen in 1992 after working together on the restoration of Le Corbusier’s Unite d’Habitation in Briey, France. Richard has lectured widely in the UK on the subject of liturgical space, and continues to play a key role in directing the various church and community projects within the office. In these projects, contemporary expression is provided for the activities involved, in conjunction with the needs of both the user and the surrounding community, often within the constraints of a tight budget.
Richard was also instrumental in the development of the DfES’s School of the Future ‘community participation manual’, central to CVA’s philosophy, conceived as a political tool to empower the client group to create their own brief and vision. He is currently overseeing CVA’s school projects in Southwark.
Neil is a landscape architect and partner of J & L Gibbons. Neil is particularly interested in the use of historic narratives and the dynamic processes of landscape to inform innovative and contemporary design solutions. His portfolio of projects include sub‐regional strategic plans, public realm frameworks, Heritage Lottery Funded public park restoration and mixed use urban plans. Neil taught at the Architectural Association and has been a guest lecturer at the University of Cambridge, UEL and Edinburgh College of Art. Neil is a Built Environment Expert for Design Council/ CABE and has been involved in the National and Schools Design review panels for over 7 years.
Paul has a broad range of creative knowledge which has developed over 29 years. For the last 18 years he has worked as an Urban Designer and Master planner on new settlements, urban extensions and the regeneration of existing towns and cities. From 1996–2001 Paul was a senior Urban Designer at Llewelyn‐Davies where he contributed towards best practice guidance such as 'Better Places to Live' (DETR) and the 'Urban Design Compendium' (EP).
Paul founded Paul Drew Design in 2002 where much of the on‐going master planning, briefing and design coding undertaken are about encouraging stewardship in all stakeholders. Whilst at Paul Drew Design, Paul had achieved planning approval for extensive mixed use and residential masterplan schemes. In August 2015, Paul merged Paul Drew Design into Iceni Projects, a multi‐disciplinary planning consultancy and became design director. He continues his role as urban designer and masterplanner.
Julia is a Senior Architect at BDP. She previously worked for Glenn Howells as the Project Architect for John Lewis Westgate Oxford and several residential schemes and continued work for the Westgate Oxford project at BDP (BDP: lead architects and masterplanners, GHA: block architects). She was an Architect and Head of Sustainability at Hans Haenlein Architects, a firm with longstanding expertise in the education sector. She has an MSc in Architecture: Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies.
Julia studied in Germany, Australia, France and the UK. With prior experience working in Germany and France, she has been working in the UK since 2002, and has led a range of housing, community and school projects with special expertise in carrying out development studies, including detailed curriculum and space analyses. Her current work includes the retail and office sectors. Julia has previous Design Review panel experience at Islington, Hackney and Lewisham Council.
Noel is a landscape architect and urban designer who has run his own award winning practice for 20 years. He is President and Fellow of the Landscape Institute where he campaigns for landscape led place making. As a passionate advocate for the social importance of high quality landscapes, he contributes actively to the Government’s Design Advisory panel for housing, DC CABE’s Infrastructure and Design Panels as well as other regional panels.
Noel is a regular columnist and visiting lecturer on landscape architecture. His design clients include GPE, Cathedral Group, Peabody Trust and various local councils, delivering projects ranging from residential, education, parks and public realm.
Alastair is an Associate Director at The Landscape Partnership based at their London office near Deptford Creek in Greenwich. A landscape architect and urban designer with 17 years in practice, dedicated to designing and improving public space and working with other designers and artists to implement long lasting, contextual solutions. Alastair is a Lewisham resident and has worked on a variety of project types within the borough over the past 13 years, at all scales, from strategic urban design, development control and masterplanning, to detailed design and award‐winning implementation projects.
Daisy is a spatial and cultural strategist. A non‐architect, with degrees in languages and cultural memory, she supports communities, clients and architects in developing briefs for architectural projects, in undertaking research to inform decision‐making, and in conducting meaningful 'stakeholder' engagement.
Daisy is a Teaching Fellow at the Bartlett School of Architecture, focusing on spatial politics ('How Change Happens'), and in 2011 held a visiting professorship at Yale, where she taught on similar topics. From 2003 to 2014 she was a cofounding director of architecture practice AOC, where she led the firm's participation arm, working mostly on community and cultural buildings, housing masterplans, schools and public spaces, and in 2014 was shortlisted for the Emerging Woman Architect of the Year award in acknowledgement of that role. She is an Academician of the Academy of Urbanism, a Built Environment Expert (BEE) for Design Council Cabe, and a member of the Design Review Panels for housing provider Home Group.
Lynn Kinnear is principal of Kinnear Landscape Architects (KLA). The approach of the practice is to promote high quality design, and to integrate design excellence into a framework of inclusive consultation and public engagement.
KLA does not specialise in one sector, but has an approach that transfers skills and experience from one sector to the next, including civic realm, residential, education, park and open space, master planning and urban design. Lynn has a track record of collaborating with artists and design team consultants, producing exciting and innovative results for projects.
After over 10 years collaborating with international practices, including Herzog & de Meuron architects, David Leech founded David Leech Architects in 2015. Prior to working with Herzog & de Meuron, David worked for 5 years with Caruso St John architects, where he was a project architect for the award winning refurbishment of the Tate Britain gallery, London, 2013.
David has run an undergraduate studio at the CASS school of Architecture, London Metropolitan University since 2010from 2015 at Kingston university. He is a regular critic at universities across the UK and Europe. He is a member of the Islington Design Review Panel and an External Examiner for the Master of Architecture course at KU Leven, Sint Lucas in Ghent, Belgium.
Jo McCafferty is a Director of Levitt Bernstein with experience in both residential and arts sectors. Her key role within the practice has been to champion innovative, imaginative design solutions in housing at detailed design and master-planning scales. She has steered numerous large regeneration schemes through complex planning processes involving GLA, CABE and LA negotiations and advises developers and housing providers on design and quality standards.
Jo has co-authored and contributed to several housing publications and most recently she has become a design advisor for UDL design surgeries, assessing design proposals and draft policy documents emerging in the capital. She is also a member of Hackney’s Design Review Panel.
Claire McDonald co-founded the new architectural practice, CREATIVEMASS, in 2011. Claire leads the design and delivery of bespoke residential and education projects, with a view to understanding their context, at both a local and an urban level, as well as providing clients with innovative, sustainable ideas that maximise the opportunities of a given site and provide spaces focused on how people live.
Claire has extensive experience of speaking at conferences on design quality, being a judge of several architectural awards, guest critic at various schools of architecture, and until recently spent seven years as a member of Newham’s Design Panel. She is currently also external examiner at Westminster University MA in Interior Design Course.
Prior to establishing her practice, Claire spent ten years delivering award-winning architecture as a Director of DSDHA, and previously as Project Architect at Michael Squires & Partners and John Lyall Architects.
Joe studied at the University of Greenwich achieving a nomination for the Bronze Medal in 1993, before graduating from the Bartlett, University College London in 1995 with the Fitzroy Robinson Prize for drawing. He worked for an award winning practice for eight years in London before establishing Duggan Morris Architects in 2004. He has previously taught at undergraduate level at the Bartlett and is currently an external examiner for the MarchD Masters in Applied Design in Architecture course at Oxford Brookes and the BA Honours Architecture course at Plymouth University.
As well as a visiting critique to many of the UK schools of Architecture, Joe has lectured widely on the work of the practice and is a regular member of a number of Design Review Panels across many of the London Planning Authorities. He has served on many architectural awards juries, including the RIBA Awards, the Stephen Lawrence Prize and Manser Medal.
Dominique is a partner at Pollard Thomas Edwards and co‐runs one of the design workshops, as well as heading up the Education projects within the office. She has over 15 years of architectural experience in the UK private and public sectors. Her projects vary from small bespoke buildings on complex inner London sites to large scale mixed‐use regeneration projects. She has a particular interest in education projects, including the colocation of schools with commercial, community and residential uses to generate mixed funding solutions and create thriving neighbourhoods.
Jan-Marc studied architecture at the Technical University, Berlin and La Sapienza, Rome. He worked for London firms Shepheard Epstein Hunter and John McAslan + Partners before setting up his own practice in 2006. He has developed a special interest in London Boroughs of Lewisham and Southwark where he has worked on projects of various scales: these include single family homes, live-work, medium scale residential and mixed use developments, listed buildings, education, healthcare, large scale redevelopment proposals and master plans. He has initiated and facilitated several collaborative ‘academic’ study and research projects bringing the local planning department together with universities.
Richard Portchmouth is a founding director of award-winning Birds Portchmouth Russum Architects (BPR) and has particular experience in infrastructure, educational, cultural, housing and master-planning projects. BPR’s work is regularly selected for the Royal Academy Summer exhibition and has won the RA Architecture Prize on two occasions.
Richard has assisted with the judging of a number of prestigious international competitions, and undertook a five year term as Design Review Committee Member at the Commission for Architecture and Built Environment (CABE) and the Newham Design Panel. In addition to the Lewisham Design Panel, Richard is a member and Vice Chair for the South East Regional Panel and Deputy Chair for the Islington Design Panel.
Anna is an Architect with a special interest in social infrastructure. Common to all her work, is a focus on creating a meaningful and accessible process and advocating for the value of good design. For over twenty years, Anna worked with leading UK practices, including Hopkins, FCB Studios and AHMM, delivering award‐winning projects. She has also worked for CABE, thereafter being appointed a CABE Enabler and RIBA Client Adviser, advising public‐sector clients on major capital projects.
Anna has been a panel member for Hackney Design Review and is currently a member of Newham and Lewisham Design Review Panels. Anna now splits her time between undertaking collaborative projects, most recently with Maccreanor Lavington and Metropolitan Workshop, design review work and teaching.
Daniel is a Co‐Founder of Periscope and is a chartered landscape architect (CMLI) with over ten years’ experience. He has worked with some of the world’s finest landscape and architecture practices on large and small scale projects for public and private clients in Europe, the Middle East, Russia, Asia and the USA.
Daniel has particular expertise in the design and delivery of technically complex projects on tight programmes with challenging budgets and with many stakeholders; his projects have won numerous awards, including a BALI Award for St Mary’s Churchyard (with Martha Schwartz Partners) and a New London Architecture Award for Public Realm (with Studio Egret West). Daniel is a Landscape Institute Ambassador and has sat on the committee of the Landscape Institute’s London Branch.
Amanda is an architect and urban designer with over 25 years experience in master planning, urban design, architecture, expert evidence and design review on a range of projects in the UK and overseas. She is Director of her practice AR Urbanism which is based in Shoreditch, London. Amanda is also on the Executive Committee of the Urban Design Group and is very active in promoting good urban design in a range of fields.
Hilary has been a Director at Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design since 2003. She is an architect, urban designer and masterplanner who delivers high quality urban environments with a focus on briefing, planning, and the coordination of multi‐architect design teams. Hilary works for both the public and private sector on design focused development and planning strategies, design advice and regeneration proposals.
Hilary advises public sector clients on the effective delivery of urban design strategies, high quality estate regeneration projects, and large scale masterplans, and has been involved with design review since 2002. Much of Hilary’s experience relates to the interaction of design and the planning system and in resolving problematic and difficult schemes.
Martin is a Landscape Architect Associate at BDP responsible for the design and delivery of a broad range of masterplanning, urban design, regeneration and landscape projects. With over 15 years’ experience, he has fulfilled a leading design role on many public realm projects in the UK and internationally including India, China and New Zealand. For the London Borough of Lewisham, Martin has designed several parks in recent years which have been awarded ‘Best New Public Space’ at the London Planning Awards and continues to work on urban regeneration for the public and private sector.
Ben Stagg is the founding director of Stagg Architects, and is a RIBA registered architect with nearly fifteen years experience in London practice. He studied at the University of Sheffield from 1994 to 2000, before working at Buschow Henley and then DLA Architecture. In 2011 Ben founded Stagg Architects and as the principal director he is responsible for the creative direction and management of the office.
Stagg Architects is a creative design studio focused on delivering high quality architecture, and specialises in private and commercial residential and mixed-use schemes of all scales. Ben lives and works in the London Borough of Lewisham.
Hugh is the founder of Hugh Strange Architects, a recently formed, award‐winning practice based in London with a developing reputation for well‐crafted buildings that marry innovative construction with a sensitive approach to site conditions. The practice has a keen interest in precise contextual responses and has a strong track record of delivering innovative ‐ and often surprising ‐ buildings on sensitive urban and rural sites. This expertise is reflected in a series of commissions for and around Hadspen House, a Grade II listed Country House in Somerset including the Architecture Archive, which was nominated for the 2015 European Prize for Contemporary Architecture ‐ Mies van der Rohe Award and won RIBA National and Regional Awards.
The practice is currently collaborating with the renowned Portuguese architect Alvaro Siza on a project adjacent to the Architecture Archive, a white concrete sculpted canopy that will link two agricultural silos that we are converting into a private library and store for architectural models. Prior to establishing his practice, Hugh Strange studied at Edinburgh University, graduating in 1994, and worked for practices in London, Vienna and Berlin. Hugh has written extensively on the subject of architecture and teaches a post‐graduate design unit at Kingston University.
Keith Tillman is a director of Guard Tillman Pollock and has been working alongside his partners for almost 30 years. The practice specialises in private residential new-builds and refurbishments internationally. The practice's reputation for its work in the modernist idiom is well established having been awarded many RIBA awards for its work and has been shortlisted for the Stirling Prize.
Keith spent a number of years as a lecturer in Architectural Engineering at Westminster University and was a member of the former Lewisham Design Review Panel for almost 10 years. Keith is a proud resident of Deptford.
Elaine is an architect with 20 years experience designing a wide range of building types and scales in the UK and abroad. Formerly a Director at South London based practice LTS Architects, Elaine now works at The Concrete Centre, providing designers with technical guidance related to the use of concrete and masonry. She lives in Deptford and has been a long serving member, and occasional chair of the Lewisham Design Review Panel, representing it on the recent Lewisham Gateway Design Panel.
Graham is a chartered architect with over 15 years professional experience. He is an Associate at Hawkins\Brown Architects, where his work spans a wide range of scales and project types, from residential‐led urban regeneration through to the delivery of buildings on site. He has considerable experience in the design of sensitive masterplan proposals in challenging urban contexts, conservation areas and heritage settings, and is a visiting tutor at Nottingham University.