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Kay Richardson

Kay is a Chartered Landscape Architect and qualified Urban Designer based on the Sussex/Surrey border.

Originally from Brighton she has over 20 years experience in public and private practice in the South East managing a diverse environmental design and urban design planning portfolio. She is now also a Heritage At Risk Adviser for Historic England; working to provide advice, guidance and resources to owners, local authorities and developers; to support the identification, viable use of, and conservation of significant landscapes and areas at risk across the South East.

Kay is an experienced design review panel member and works on a range of development corporation and local authority design review panels across London, as well as providing support to a variety of neighbourhood plan groups and Local Authorities across the South East and East of England.

At design review she is always mindful for a quality of perceptive and penetrative discussion, aiming to uncover the values of humility through design that helps people to realise their projects, and derive maximum benefit for place.

Above all Kay understands the need to create a professional and positive group experience to support design development and put transformative, resilient and socially minded design at the heart of development.

She has recently worked with the University for the Creative Arts in Surrey to devise and deliver a new ‘living design practice’ project to help international students find their feet and explore their own values; considering a variety of different approaches to design through the work of contemporary and historical craftspeople and designers, with the emphasis on design activism and integrity, and communal making.