Consultant Design Director
I am a Chartered Architect and a Recognised Practitioner in Urban Design, with 19 years post qualification experience working in private practice. I have focused my career on residential design working collaboratively with volume house-builders, registered providers, private landowners and land promoter clients.
In 2017, an exciting opportunity arose for me to join one of my clients and focus on housing delivery and strategic design. I took the opportunity because I am passionate about residential design and successful place-making; but more specifically how outline designs can (and should) create robust frameworks to better secure design quality.
Primarily relating to RIBA stages 0-3, my current role involves the preparation of outline design concepts and master-plans, assisting two land teams with a portfolio of around 90 greenfield sites - these range from 45 to 1,600 dwellings and are located nationwide. I really enjoy the challenge of a complex site and achieving the right design to endure, achieve quality and distinctiveness whilst balancing the ever-changing commercial and political expectations of today. And I get to visit such great places too.
I work closely with private practice design consultancies, Design Review Panels, Local Planning Authorities, key stakeholders and local communities. Outside of work, my passion for urban design has extended to visiting tutor sessions with Birmingham School of Architecture and spending time with aspiring students looking to pursue a career in architecture.
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