The Kent Design Conference will bring together the key players in the design, development and planning sectors in Kent and Medway for a day of learning, networking and creative exploration. The coming decades will see huge challenges and opportunities in the county, including housing delivery, placemaking, net zero carbon, and health and wellbeing. The conference will explore these topics through exciting panel discussions and presentations, complemented with practical how-to workshops.

This 1-day conference + practical workshops will explore three topics;

Health & Wellbeing

Planning and design play a key role the health and wellbeing of the county’s residents. We’ll explore strategies and case studies for addressing health inequalities across the built environment.


Kent and Medway need to deliver great places, not just new homes. Placemaking is the central theme cutting across the Kent Design Conference.


From Net Zero Carbon to Biodiversity Net Gain, we can’t separate sustainability from design and planning. Let’s explore a future for the county that is sustainable and nature positive.

Guest speakers from the public, private and education sectors include;

Joanne Cave – Chair, David Lock Associates
Paul Clarke – Public Health Specialist, Kent County Council
Chloe Street-Tarbatt – Head of School of Architecture, University of Kent
Scott Adams – Urban Design Director, BPTW
Duncan Berntsen – Senior Urban Design Officer, Medway Council
Eleanor Trenfield – Founding Director, EDLA
Rebecca Taylor – Partner, JTP
Sophie Ward – Funding & Partnerships Manager, Active Kent & Medway
Paula Hirst – Director, Disruptive Urbanism
Julia Wallace – Placemaking Director, Otterpool Park LLP

More speakers to be announced!

Kent Design Conference: Planning for a Sustainable Future

Date: Tuesday April 30, 2024,

Time:  9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Sibson Building, University of Kent, Canterbury

Kent Design members:
This event is included in your annual membership.
Key Partners can book 4 member places.
Partners & Members can book 3 member places.

Register here.

This event is part of our Kent Design learning network but is open to organisations and individuals from outside the network.

Early Bird
tickets are currently available, priced at £135.00 pp + Vat.

Register here.

Join Kent Design!

If your organisation is not currently a member, visit Kent Design for more information on the annual programme, membership levels and benefits.

The Kent Design 2024 Conference is run by Design South East in partnership
with the University of Kent.

Our sponsors for this event include Phil Jones Associates, Thomson Snell & Passmore , JTP and BPTW.