Design South East has refreshed the Brighton and Hove DesignPLACE panel and will now draw on the insight of 28 cross-discipline contributors from diverse backgrounds, including architects, urban designers, housing and regeneration experts, researchers, academics, environmental artists, engineers and planners.

Brighton and Hove is Britain’s recognisable ‘city by the sea’ with a strong commitment to the arts and thriving creative and digital industries.

The strategic vision for the city is focussed on housing delivery while also meeting the needs of the city’s diverse economy, all in a constrained context situated between the South Downs National Park and the sea. With a limited legacy of derelict or vacant sites, these natural boundaries define and limit the outward expansion. Design South East will manage and coordinate the panel to bring independent advice that rises to the design challenges of these particular Brighton issues.

As well as design review, panel members will have the opportunity to participate across the breadth of design support services delivered, including officer and councillor training, workshops, and charrettes.

The new panel is diverse, has an even gender balance and is committed to working with the Council on social, community, sustainability and environmental issues ensuring a future for the city as a resilient, low-carbon economy with regional and international cultural significance.

Co-chairs and panel-members 2019 – 2021

Claire Bennie, Director, Municipal (co-chair)
Nick Hayhurst, Director, Hayhurst and Co. (co-chair)
Peter Bishop, Professor of Urban Design, UCL (co-chair)

Agnieszka Zimnicka, Borough Urban Designer, LB of Tower Hamlets
Andrej Znak, Street Infrastructure Consultant, Urban Movements and Spaces
Anisha Jogani, Placemaking Team Leader, LB Croydon
Cany Ash, Partner, Ash Sakula Architects
David Ogunmuyiwa, Partner, ArchitectureDoingPlace
Harriet Bourne, Director, BBUK Studio Ltd.
Ian Turkington, Director and Founder, Turkington Martin Landscape Architects
Judith Sykes, Director, Expedition Engineering
Justin Nicholls, Founding Partner, Fathom Architects
Kate Cheyne, Deputy Head of School of Architecture and Design, University of Brighton
Kay Richardson, Landscape Architect, Spaces and Other Places
Magali Thomson, Consultant Architect, The Children’s Trust
Maggie Baddeley, Associate Director, Troy Planning + Design
Mark Swenarton, Emeritus Professor of Architecture, University of Liverpool
Michál Cohen, Director and Co-founder, Walters and Cohen Architects
Peter Neal, Landscape Consultant, Peter Neal Consulting Ltd.
Peter Stewart, Principal, Peter Stewart Consultancy
Philip Gray, Environmental Design Director, BDP
Robin Buckle, Director, Robin Buckle Urban Design
Sarah A Wilkinson, Principal, SAW – Sustainableartworks
Steven Bee, Principal, Steven Bee Urban Counsel
Tina Frost, Director, Fluent Architecture Ltd.
Vincent Lacovara, Head of Planning, Enfield Council
William Howard, Associate, dRMM
Yemi Aladerun, Major Projects Manager, Islington and Shoreditch Housing Association

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