Gold stars for a fab five

A big thank you to Arlene, Chrysi, Greg, Rob and Stuart. For the vision, energy and design flair you bring every day.

Promotions – always our favourite time. In line for a massive, heartfelt thank you and collective LDA Design cheer are:

Arlene Decker: Senior
Chrysi Gousiou: Senior
Greg Meikle: Principal
Robert Pile: Director
Stuart Holmes: Senior

Based in London, Arlene has brought creativity and design flair to a range of challenging projects, including Stratford Waterfront, the most significant cultural development in London since the South Bank. Other work includes One Crown Place. Before becoming a landscape architect, Arlene was an actor. Out of hours, she provides voiceovers for video games and for Turner Prize nominee, Tai Shani. She recently represented LDA Design mentoring students as part of the University of Greenwich’s free summer school.

Chrysi is an architect and landscape architect with six years’ experience. Although Chrysi has been with LDA Design for under a year, she has made a big impression, rising to the challenge of some of our most complex projects and introducing the Oxford team to Halloween skittles! Her current projects include a research campus in Oxford and Boultham Park, a HLF-funded historic park restoration.

Greg is a vital part of our thriving Glasgow studio. He has been heavily involved in the delivery of new parkland, public realm and SuDS features at Sighthill, one of Scotland’s most significant regeneration project. Greg’s site experience has been instrumental in taking the Sighthill Transformational Regeneration Masterplan successfully through to construction. He is now helping to shape a 42-hectare site for British Sugar on the edge of York city centre.

Rob provides strategic advice that leads to better environmental project outcomes, heading up LDA Design’s Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) offer. Rob is part of LDA Design’s climate task force and is a member of the employee team steering us through to the time when we all become co-owners. He played a key role in guiding Waterbeach New Town East towards planning. A 19-year-long project for LDA Design, Waterbeach plants a flag in the sand for car-free living on a scale not seen before in the UK.

Like Rob, Stuart is a member of the team supporting LDA Design’s transition to employee ownership. He is the project lead on a new masterplan for Peterborough’s Station Quarter, which will create a warm welcome to the historic city centre and a strong first impression. Stuart is also working on a new graduate residence for King’s College Cambridge, for which he has developed a naturalistic planting scheme with the college’s head horticulturalist.

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