Many thanks to Jonathan Vernon-Smith who has provided the excellent blog article below.
Jonathan is a Director at Urban Design Box: https://www.urbandesignbox.co.uk/
Jonathan has over fifteen years experience in architecture, master-planning & urban design - most recently as Urban Design Director at Turley.
His experience includes advising on the design of development on a wide range of master-planning and urban design projects as well as leading and designing both residential and commercial proposals at outline and detail level where master-planning is a key input.
Jonathan is an active member of the Design Commission for Wales as a Design Review Panel Chair. He is also a Panel member of South West Design Review Panel. He is a member of the RIBA & is a Recognised Practitioner of the Urban Design Group.
" I set up Urban Design Box Ltd 18 months ago; giving up being a Director at a respected multidisciplinary to gamble my career and self-esteem as an independent designer working from his back bedroom ... Why would anyone do that?
The chance to write a blog seemed like a good place to explore this … what was it that I really wanted to do?
This morning I’m on a Design Panel. There is a familiar context to this single dwelling project: bespoke design, private clients, lots of passion, and a steep learning curve to creating a dream home. I sheepishly describe myself as the ‘urban designer’ in the room. How can I contribute to the design of a single house in the countryside when my primary focus is master planning large developments?
Thankfully throughout the discussions I realise that urban design principles and placemaking values can be applied at any scale.