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The Forum Exeter, Devon

An RIBA south west award wining building at Exeter University in Devon; The Forum. This building benefited from design review during the design and pre-planning stage

Design Review Panel Training 2018

Design Review Panel training session carried out in Taunton and the Somerset County Cricket Ground in November 2018. The event was extremely well attended by local authority representatives, house builders and design team members

Exeter Quay by Jonathan Braddick

Photograph of Exeter Quay taken by Architect and Design Review Panel Manager Jonathan Braddick. The Design Review Panel holds regular design review panel sessions at Exeter City Council

Design Review Panel Training 2018

Design Review Panel training event 2018. Jonathan Tricker, Highways Engineer, Urban Designer & Director at Phil Jones Associates, gave a talk entitled: ‘Highway Design in Placemaking’

Steiner School Exeter

The design review Panel was engaged by Willmott Dixon during the pre-application design stage of the project to help them prepare a design that would be acceptable to the local authority

Design Review Panel Site Visit Poole

Photograph from a 2018 design review panel site visit carried out in Dorset in 2018. A full sit down design review panel was subsequently held in the Poole Borough Council Offices

North Grays Farm Para 80 House

External visualization for a NPPF paragraph 55 (now 79) house that was presented to the design review panel. This project has subsequently gone on to achieve planning permission and is now built on site

Design Review Panel Training 2017

Design Review Panel training session carried out in Exeter, Devon in December 2017. The event was extremely well attended by local authority representatives, house builders and design team members

Exeter Quay - Rockfish Restaurant

A small but sensitive project in Exeter Quay; The Rockfish Restaurant has been designed by Grainge Architects who engaged with The Design Review Panel during the design & pre -application planning stage

Extra Care Development by Sarah Wigglesworth Architects

Pegasus Life secured planning permission through public inquiry for a Sarah Wigglesworth Architects scheme for a C2 assisted living community at The Knowle, Sidmouth, Devon. The Design Review Panel ( were instructed by East Devon District Council (EDDC) to provide multidisciplinary, expert, independent and impartial guidance and feedback to the local authority, applicant and design team during the pre-application design stage.

Plymouth Hoe

Photograph of Plymouth Hoe, Devon. The Design Review Panel holds regular design review panel sessions at Plymouth City Council

Design Review Panel Training

Design Review Panel training session carried out in Exeter, Devon. The event was extremely well attended and incorporated a mock design review panel session and design workshop.


Alexander Barretta

Chartered Architect

Alex is a fully qualified ARB and RIBA registered Architect with a decade of industry experience, having worked across various public and private sector roles in the UK. Alex is passionate about socially responsive architecture and creating characterful buildings that resonate with people, time, and place. Alex believes that carefully considered architecture can and should be a catalyst for social betterment, improving mental and physical wellbeing, challenging conventional expectations, and encouraging sustainable living.

Good architecture, in Alex's view, must consider its contextual impact, financing, delivery, maintenance, and carbon footprint. Review Panels, therefore, play an important role in the design process, allowing professionals and clients to reflect on the appropriateness of a scheme. Alex feels that their expertise in architecture, development, and modular construction could contribute significantly to these panel discussions.

During his tenure at Croydon Council and Brick By Brick, a publicly owned development company, Alex was responsible for the design and delivery of various award-winning residential projects, ranging from high-street locations to large estate infills and smaller suburban brownfield sites. Alex played a pivotal role in overseeing the Smaller Sites Programme, which facilitated collaboration between architectural practices and industry professionals, delivering over 800 new homes. This project was awarded Masterplan of the Year by the Architects Journal in 2017. Working on this portfolio has given Alex strong commercial awareness and an understanding of the challenges in urban and suburban development projects.

As a founding member of the Architects’ Journal 40-under-40 recognized practice Common Ground Architecture, one of Alex's recently completed projects, ‘Pump House’, is an exemplary residential scheme. Alex also designed and completed refurbished offices for Brick By Brick within a former Victorian Townhouse, revitalizing an unused shop front.

In addition to leading building design, Alex's client-side roles have included site assessments, feasibility studies, creating design briefs, and strategic masterplans. Alex has appraised projects by external architecture practices, reviewed Contractor’s Design Documents, and conducted site inspections, gaining expertise in delivering design advice and constructive criticism.

Alex has extensive experience in presenting and discussing projects at professional reviews, planning meetings, public consultations, and leading building tours. They are proud of the work created at Brick By Brick, especially the adoption of ‘One Planet Living’ principles, focusing on holistic sustainability improvements. Alex's recent work emphasizes MMC (Modern Methods of Construction) to reduce construction costs and environmental impacts.

With broad experience in Local Authority contexts, private and public sector architectural practices, modular construction, and traditional construction, Alex believes they would bring a unique perspective to the panel pool. They are passionate about knowledge sharing and collaboration, serving as a FLUID Diversity Mentor and visiting critic at the University of Nottingham.

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