Design South East seeks a new Chair

Design South East is one of the leading design support organisations in the UK. Influential, impartial and expert, we work across the greater south east to support a better built environment. As we extend our reach across the greater south east and we looking for an outstanding individual with a real commitment to our mission and with the experience, skills, and expertise to help to shape our future.

We developed the first regional Design Review Panel in the UK, the South East Panel, and we are reviewing many of the most significant projects in the south east, including major new settlements. We are extending our design review service into the east of England and we are continuing to evolve the process of design review. We led on the development of new models of review, promoting a collaborative and constructive dialogue as set out in our contribution to the Farrell Review.

Our independence and ability to act impartially is critical to our value, and this is as true for design review as it is for our work with communities. We have always promoted public participation, not least in our management of Spaceshaper, and we are now using these skills to develop new models of public engagement to facilitate a constructive dialogue between communities and the public and private sectors.

We are also leading on the debate about the issues that matter and later in the year will be bringing people together to talk about the 21st century garden city and planning for growth across the greater south east. We have also, in partnership with the Kent Planning Officers Group, developed Kent Design, a new county wide programme of events to bring people together to shape the built environment. For more information on Kent Design please go to

The Board meets 5 times a year at locations throughout the greater south east. Sufficient time will also be required to promote the organisation, study papers ahead of meetings, to spend time with the executive and also to attend a number of sub-committees, sometimes as a guest and others as an active member. For more information on Design South East, including information on the team and Directors, please go to

We are a not-for-profit organisation and this is a voluntary post for an initial period of 3 years. For more information on the role or for an informal conversation please contact Chris Lamb on 01634 401166 or email

Closing date and time: noon 25 July 2014

Kent Design Awards: Is your construction project the next Rocksalt?

The search is on to find the successor to Rocksalt, the current overall winner of Kent Design & Development Awards.KDDA logo

Mark Sargeant’s restaurant in Folkestone, designed by Guy Hollaway Architects, scooped Project of the Year when the biannual awards last took place, and now nominations are open for new construction projects to come forward.

Jointly organised and sponsored by DHA Planning, Kent County Council, and PR and marketing agency Maxim, Kent Design & Development Awards take place every two years and celebrate the design excellence of the county’s property and construction industry.

downloadProjects are invited to enter one of five categories: Civils and Infrastructure; Commercial, Industrial and Retail; Environmental Performance; Public Buildings – Education and Community; and Residential – Major and Minor. Project of the Year is then selected from among the winners.

In 2012, Hythe-based Guy Hollaway Architects’ design for Rocksalt saw the restaurant win the Commercial, Industrial and Retail category before going on to take the overall prize.

Other winners were Dover Esplanade by Tonkin Liu, Hadlow College’s Rural Regeneration Centre by Eurobuild, Rosemary Gardens by Golding Homes, Hill House by Hampson Williams, Turner Contemporary by David Chipperfield Architects, and Clay Architecture Ltd’s Walderslade Primary (1)

The deadline for entering the Kent Design & Development Awards 2014 via is 16 June 2014.

The awards are also supported by CTP Consulting Engineers; Kent Construction Focus Group; Liberty Property Trust UK, developers of Kings Hill; and construction and cost management consultants The Woodley Coles LLP.

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Kent Architecture Centre appointed to Kent Design

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