Clare Wilks


0117 203 3628

I am an urban designer and masterplanner.  My work now draws on my previous experience as a landscape artist and on my proven record in community engagement. While making site-specific sculptures in public spaces, I found myself wanting to shape the spaces the work was located in.

I look for ways to make places memorable and responsive to the existing environment.  My three years work with the Bristol Neighbourhood Planning Network strengthened my belief that all good designs are firmly rooted in local people’s experience and knowledge.

Recent work I am excited by includes new garden villages in the south-east, and city visioning for the regeneration of Bangor, North Wales.

I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, tennis, cycling, drawing and willow weaving.


One of my favourite walks is ...

Straight out of my front door in Bristol across Clifton Down to the Sea Wall which overlooks the spectacular Avon Gorge from where I can see the Clifton Suspension Bridge to the South and the Severn Estuary and South Wales to the North.

The last two books I read were ...

Michelle Obama's 'Becoming' which describes her extraordinary journey from South Side, Chicago to the White House; and 'The Circle' by Dave Eggers, a dystopian novel that exaggerates current trends for how technology can disrupt public space and personal freedom.

The most memorable thing I've ever seen in a public space ...

When artist, Luke Jerram, transformed Bristol city centre by turning a main street into a water slide for the day.

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