Gillian is an architect, committed to the valuable contribution of research in design and in practice. For 15 years she was partner of Penoyre & Prasad, a design-led practice recognised with many design and sustainability awards. Gillian is very active in Design Review and chairs numerous panels. She is a Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor at the University of Reading and a ‘Wise Friend’ advisor to Urban Design London. She is also a regular external examiner and awards judge.
Gillian recently completed a doctoral research thesis on the schism between elite and popular taste, focused on volume-built houses.