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We are a not-for-profit organisation founded in 2002 to support London’s built environment professionals to create well-designed spaces and places. Our yearly subscription programme gives members access to a wealth of training events, design review services and resources.

Our mission is to help those who deliver, manage or influence places to recognise, aspire to and achieve high quality, well designed spaces that work for people.

UDL believes that the quality of places has a profound impact on individuals and societies at large; when designed well, they support productive, civilised, humane, and healthy behaviours. We want everyone to benefit from inclusive, high quality, well designed places.

To ensure places have as positive an impact as possible, we want all buildings and spaces to be attractive for those using and experiencing them; practical, efficient, adaptable and fit for their purpose, they should also be easy to maintain to a high standard.

UDL exists primarily to promote the delivery of well-designed change to the built environment and ensure good management of existing places and spaces.  It does this by:

  1. Supporting those who influence, build and manage the built environment to gain or maintain the skills, knowledge, ambition and courage needed to achieve high quality results.
  2. Supporting public sector built environment practitioners and local councillors to improve understanding of good design and how to best collaborate with developers, architects, housing associations, urban designers and highway and planning consultants.
  3. Influencing important policy and practice which improves the delivery of good built environment design, we work with sectors such as public health, research and academia to develop and disseminate best practice.
  4. Being passionate public advocates for good design within the built environment, looking to support the creation of excellent places everywhere.

City of London 
City of Westminster

Hammersmith & Fulham
Kensington & Chelsea

Kingston upon Thames
L&Q Group
Metis Consultants
Mott MacDonald
Notting Hill Genesis
Planning Potential

Project Centre
Richmond upon Thames
Tower Hamlets
Transport for London
TTP Consulting
Waltham Forest

Adur & Worthing Council
Allerdale BC
Bradford CC
Calderdale MBC
Central Bedfordshire
Cheshire East Council

East Riding
Epping Forest DC
Forest of Dean
Hertfordshire CC
Kirklees MBC
Leeds CC

NE Derbyshire
North Hertfordshire
North Norfolk

South Staffordshire
Wakefield MBC
West Lindsey
Westminster CC

City of Westminster
Catalyst Housing
Homes for Lambeth

Kensington and Chelsea
L&Q Group
Origin Housing
Metropolitan Workshop
Notting Hill Genesis




Esther Kurland

Head of Urban Design London


Paul Dodd

Head of Design Advice


Sue Vincent

Head of Learning


Susan May

Head of Housing Design

Catalina Nodroum B&W

Catalina Nodroum

Business Manager


Maanya Bali

Programme Manager

Miriam Saraiva

Miriam Saraiva

Programme Administrator


Nigel Haselden


Nigel is a councillor for Clapham Town Ward and Lambeth's Design & Heritage Champion. 


Johnny Thalassites

Board Member

Johnny is a councillor for Holland ward and Lead Member for Planning, Place and Environment in Kensington and Chelsea. In the past five years, the Royal Borough has cut carbon emissions faster than any London borough.


Penny Rees

Head of Network Sponsorship, TfL

Penny has worked for TfL for 18 years, and is currently Head of Network Sponsorship – accountable for over 2000 Healthy Streets and safety projects on London’s roads. A keen walker, Penny is passionate about delivering changes to the road network to encourage more people to walk, cycle and use public transport.

Jamie Dean

Jamie Dean

Regeneration Manager, GLA

Jamie takes forward the Greater London Authority's regeneration investments in North East London, the GLA's High Streets programme and coordinates the Mayor’s Good Growth by Design Programme Design. Previously Jamie worked in private practice;  local, regional and national government in the UK and the USA, focusing on urban regeneration, public realm and town centre regeneration – often working with marginalised and under-represented communities before joining London Government.

Christopher Bonner

Christopher Bonner

Transport & Design Consultant

Chris is currently working for the City of London on the consolidation of its wholesale food markets. He is leading the architectural thinking on the transformation of the Grade II* listed East and West market buildings at Smithfield. Chris is also supporting Central Futures Ltd. on ‘London 3.0’, an enquiry into the next iteration of London focused on big questions regarding culture, transport, housing, economic development, etc. Previously Chris worked for Transport for London for 12 years, his last role was Head of Customer Environment and Design for London Underground, which included responsibility for the world-renowned Art on the Underground programme.

David Ogunmuyiwa

David Ogunmuyiwa

Partner, Architect & Mayor’s Design Advocate

David is an architect, lecturer and Mayor’s Design Advocate.  He is principal of emerging practice, ArchitectureDoingPlace. He was as a frontline housing officer for Registered Social Landlords including Lambeth, Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Circle 33 and West Hampstead HA, before retraining as an architect. He combines practice with teaching architecture at Portsmouth University, Central Saint Martins and previously at the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust. He is a practice mentor at the Royal College of Art. He is a confirmed urbanist.

Sripriya Sudhakar

Sripriya Sudhakar

Head of Regeneration at LB Tower Hamlets

Sripriya is an architect, urban designer and urban planning professional with over 17 years’ experience in the built environment sector. She heads the Regeneration Team  in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. She is responsible for delivering regeneration programme that seeks to ensure the benefits of growth in the borough is shared with the community.

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Kate Anderton

Cabinet Office

A masters in architectural history led Kate to a career in built environment policy, working for the Civic Trust, English Heritage, CABE and MHCLG. Kate now works for the Cabinet Office.

Sam Mackover

Sam Mackover

Director, Grosvenor Square Estates

Sam joined the board of UDL in 2019. He has held a range of planning and strategy roles in the public and private sectors.  He was a local councillor in RBKC, serving on the planning committee, latterly as Vice Chairman. He served on the board of governors, University of West London, chairing the Finance Committee with responsibility for Estates. He has worked in strategy and management roles in several banks.

Joel De Mowbray

Joel De Mowbray

Walking and Cycling Policy Lead, LB Lambeth

Joel specialises in creating streets that make walking, cycling and public transport the most attractive way to travel. His work has focused on delivering major infrastructure changes to streets through public sector programmes such as Liveable Neighbourhoods, Mayor's Air Quality Fund and many others. Currently working in Lambeth as the Walking and Cycling Policy Lead he is focused on collaborating with local people to make Lambeth the best borough in London (and the UK) to walk and cycle.

Matthew Yates

Matthew Yates

Head of Projects Consents & Urban Design, TfL

Matthew Yates Heads TfL’s Project, Consents and Urban Design division.  He is a Transport Planner and Programme Manager with over 25 years experience in both private and public sector – initiating, designing and implementing projects to keep London moving, functioning and allowing it to grow in a sustainable way.  Matthew and his team have been responsible for the design and consents of a wide range of projects from highway improvements and urban realm to major station upgrades and rail extensions. 

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Sarah Birt

Senior Development Manager, GLA

Sarah is a Chartered Surveyor and Chartered Town Planner with an MSc in Urban Design and City Planning. Sarah champions good design in GLA Housing & Land, sitting on their Design Steering Group to influence investment programmes worth over £4 billion and development projects to deliver better design, sustainability and social outcomes for London and residents of affordable homes. Sarah is also a judge for the annual Housing Design Awards.

Rachel Bagenal

Rachel Bagenal

Project Manager - Regeneration, LB Hackney

Rachel works for Hackney Council in the Regeneration team – leading two large estate regeneration projects. Rachel is also co-founder of Naked House, a not-for-profit housing developer, pioneering a new model of affordable shell housing for London. She is one of the Mayor’s Design Advocates, a Borough Advisor on the Mayor’s Special Assistance Team, a Public Practice mentor and a regular visiting critic at London architecture schools.

David Birkbeck

David Birkbeck

CEO, Design for Homes

Campaigner for what works well in housing. Co-author of Building for Life 12. Judge, rapporteur and director of the 70 year Housing Design Awards. Currently developing a toolkit for NHS Healthy New Towns to promote the design features that promote well being in new homes.

Dinah Bornat

Dinah Bornat

Co-Director & Co-founder, ZCD Architects

Dinah is a co-director and co-founder of ZCD Architects. She leads on child friendly cities and urban design and is an expert in this area, publishing research, contributing to books and journals and advising local authorities and developers. Dinah is a Mayor's Design Advocate, a Design Review Panel member for Harrow and Hounslow councils and a member of the Hackney Regeneration Design Advice Group. 

Patricia Brown

Patricia Brown

Director, Central

Patricia Brown is a strategist advising civic and business leaders on creating positive change. She has led some of London’s most significant urban changes, from establishing the BIDs movement in the UK and Legible London – aimed at transforming our built environment – and policy – with people at the heart. She is Vice-Chair of the British Property Federation’s development committee, chairing its Great Places Campaign. Previous roles include Chair of London Festival of Architecture and Vice-Chair of the Mayor’s Design Advisory Group, where she was behind the Good Growth agenda – now core to the draft London Plan.

Matthew Carmona

Matthew Carmona

Professor, UCL

Matthew Carmona is a Professor at The Bartlett, UCL.  He is an architect / planner and expert in processes of urban design and the governance of design.  He is Chair of the Place Alliance.

Neil Deely

Neil Deely

Director, Metropolitan Workshop

Neil established Metropolitan Workshop in 2005, and is experienced in leading complex mixed-use residential masterplans, collaborating with many of the UK’s best housing practices. During his career, he has designed major urban projects and buildings in sensitive contexts of conservation, heritage and greenbelt, in locations such as Durham, Oxford, Cambridge and London. Neil serves on a range of Design Review Panels, including DCCabe, Croydon, Newham, Harrow, and provides Urban Design for London with training programmes for Local Authorities on principles of Urban Design.

Max Farrell

Max Farrell

Founder & CEO, LDN Collective

Max is the Founder and CEO of the London Collective, a virtual network of built environment experts and creatives fighting hard to improve people’s lives and the planet’s prospects. Their members are world-renowned experts in social impact, zero carbon and modern methods of construction as well as architects, engineers, graphic designers and film makers. As a diverse and eclectic group they are bound by a set of values and a cost-effective business model. Whether it's a thought leadership campaign or the design and construction of a piece of city, they are a ‘one stop shop’ for projects anywhere in the world. As self-employed entrepreneurs they can tailor-make teams without the overheads, convening and disbanding for place-based projects like a film’s cast and crew.

Max was previously a Partner at internationally renowned architects Farrells before leaving to set up the London Collective in 2019. Whilst at Farrells, he led on high profile projects including London’s new business district at Royal Albert Dock, award-winning proposals for low-level  bridges in East London and 21st Century mansion blocks as  affordable housing designed for off-site manufacturing. Max was Project Leader for the Farrell Review, commissioned by the UK Government, which made sixty recommendations spanning education, outreach and skills; design quality;  cultural heritage; economic benefits and architecture policy. He is an adviser to London National Park City, Urban Design London, the Arts and Place Consortium, the Urban Room Network and the Place Alliance.

Phil Jones

Phil Jones

Phil is a chartered engineer with extensive experience in the planning and design of highway and other infrastructure, with particular expertise in transport planning and street design for new developments. He specialises in achieving synergy between street/urban design, with the aim of creating places and spaces that meet aesthetic, social and functional aims.

Peter Jones

Peter Jones

Professor of Transport & Sustainable Development

Peter Jones is Professor of Transport and Sustainable Development in the Centre for Transport Studies at UCL.  He is a member of the Independent Transport Commission, the DfT’s Science Advisory Council and co-chair of its Joint Analysis Development Group, and a member of the City of London Transport Strategy Board. He is Scientific Co-ordinator for the EU funded ‘MOST’ project, looking at how to design and manage urban main roads to address future challenges.

Julia Park

Julia Park

Head of Housing Research, Levitt Bernstein

Julia has spent the majority of her 30-year career as a housing architect at Levitt Bernstein where she is Head of Housing Research. She concentrates on housing standards and policy, and has published a number of reports and three books: ‘Age Friendly Housing’, ‘One Hundred Years of Housing Space Standards: What Now’ and the National Housing Federation’s ‘Housing Standards Handbook’. Currently chair of the RIBA Housing Group and a Mayor’s Design Advocate for London, Julia advises government and other organisations, gives evidence to inquiries and examinations, and contributes to debate.

Steve Quartermain

Steve Quartermain

Chief Planner, MHCLG

Steve began his career as a trainee planner having studied geography at Durham.  He took a post graduate qualification and became an RTPI member in 1982.  Steve moved to Yorkshire to be Head of Development Control and then in 1988, he was made Head of Planning. In 1996, Steve was appointed as a Director of Planning and Environmental services which included all front line services except for housing benefits.  During 2004/05, Steve was president of the POS. The opportunity to take up the role as Chief Planner at MHCLG in 2008 proved to be one Steve could not resist. In this role, he is the head of Profession and have done significant work to promote and champion the role of planning in the civil service.  A current objective is to raise the profile of the benefits of good design across Whitehall and beyond.

David Rowe

David Rowe

Head of Major Projects Sponsorship, TfL

David is Head of Major Projects Sponsorship within Surface Transport at Transport for London (TfL).  His responsibilities include larger new infrastructure scheme being promoted by TfL, such as the Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf pedestrian & cycle crossing and the Silvertown Tunnel, as well as leading for TfL on larger third party schemes, such as HS2.  He has a keen interest in design having previously undertaken various roles for TfL, as well as in local government and consultancy, that involved the development and delivery of new streetscape and urban realm schemes across London.

And Von Bradsky

Andy von Bradsky

Founder & Director, von Bradsky Enterprises

Andy is founder and Director of von Bradsky Enterprises, a consultancy that specialises in housing, place and regeneration. Its mission is to support excellence in the design and delivery of more and better homes for all. Andy has over 30 years’ experience in housing and regeneration for the private and public sector, having extensive experience in a high profile architectural practice.

Elanor Warwick

Elanor Warwick

Head of Strategic Policy and Research, Clarion Housing Group

Dr Elanor Warwick career’s has spanned architecture, urban design, academic and operational research, aiming to shape national policy and embed good practice. She is Head of Strategic Policy and Research for Clarion Housing Group, one of England’s largest Housing Associations. Previously Head of Research at CABE, she managing a diverse research programme across all sectors of the built environment and design process. Her research interests and publications cover estate regeneration, defensible space, housing quality, new towns and planning for new settlements, Lifetime Neighbourhoods and measuring intangibles such as design, wellbeing and social value. She is a postgrad supervisor at UCL and Cambridge University, currently teaching housing to planners. Elanor is a member of the Edge, the Academy of Urbanism, and an Urbanista.  

Finn Williams

Finn Williams

Co-Founder & CEO, Public Practice

Finn Williams is Co-founder and CEO of Public Practice. He previously worked for the Office of Metropolitan Architecture, Croydon Council and the Greater London Authority. Finn has been a member of the Raynsford Review Task Force, Labour Planning Commission, RIBA Planning Group, and the boards of the Planning Officers Society, Planning Advisory Service, and Urban Design London. He is a Visiting Professor at the Institute of Innovation & Public Purpose at UCL, a Design Council Built Environment Expert and was co-curator of the British Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale.

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