I am an urban designer with a background in town planning. After working for the Scottish Government attending Andreas Duany’s Design Charrettes and helping to write planning policy, I realised I wanted to be the one designing rather than regulating! So, I did a Masters in Urban Design at Newcastle University.
Designing places that are resilient to future needs, respond appropriately to their local context and are designed for wildlife and people are key drivers for me as a placemaker. I enjoy engaging with communities to shape and influence masterplans. I have over eight year’s experience working on large-scale mixed-use neighbourhoods and strategic placemaking. I am working on Gravity – an enterprise zone that will be the UK’s first smart campus and community. It will help drive the shift towards a zero-carbon economy.
In my spare time I like to be as active as possible whether that’s bouldering and climbing, playing netball, tennis or going for a run. I recently moved back to the south-west so I’m excited to re-explore the coastline and moors.
The top of any hill at sunset. I love being able to look out across the countryside, coast, town or city of wherever I might be and doing it at sunset makes it even more spectacular.
Thinking you know all of the answers on your own. The key to masterplanning is collaboration. Whether it’s going for a walk around the site with local people or speaking to the technical engineers and consultant team, you can always find out more that will enrich your design.
Suppling freshly baked cakes or treats when the team have the 3 o’clock slump.