We are a not-for-profit organisation, founded in 2002 to support Londons built environment professionals create and maintain well-designed, good quality places. Our yearly subscription programmes give members access to our training events, design review services and resources.

Our Members

We have a range of membership options to suit every organisation. If you are interested in becoming a member, please send us an email.

Local Authority Membership

  • Barnet
  • Bexley
  • Brent
  • Bromley
  • Camden
  • City of Westminster
  • Croydon
  • Dacorum
  • Ealing
  • Enfield
  • Greenwich
  • Guildford
  • Hackney
  • Haringey
  • Havering
  • Hounslow
  • Islington
  • Kensington & Chelsea
  • Kingston
  • Merton
  • Newham
  • North Hertfordshire
  • Redbridge
  • Richmond
  • Slough
  • Southwark
  • Sutton
  • Tower Hamlets
  • Waltham Forest
  • Wandsworth
  • Watford
  • Welwyn Hatfield
  • Watford
  • Wycombe

Other Members

  • Catalyst Housing
  • Clarion Housing
  • Crossrail
  • DCLG
  • The Environment Agency
  • Family Mosaic
  • Historic England
  • LLDC
  • Metropolitan Police
  • Notting Hill Housing
  • OPDC
  • Southern Housing Group
  • Sustrans
  • Thames Valley Housing
  • Victoria BID


  • Arup
  • Countryside Properties
  • IBI Group
  • JTP
  • Mott MacDonald
  • Project Centre
  • Transport Planning Practice


  • Design Network
  • LGIU
  • London Forum of Amenity & Civic Societies
  • NLA
  • RTPI


Esther Kurland

Head of Urban Design London

Get in touch with Esther if you have any question about our services or would like to participate in our events.

Paul Dodd

Head of Design Advice

Get in touch with Paul if you would like to present a scheme for design review.

Sue Vincent

Head of Learning

Get in touch with Sue if you are interested in speaking at one of our events.

Rachel Jones

Training Manager

Get in touch with Rachel if you have any suggestions or ideas for housing events.

Catalina Nodroum (currently on maternity leave)

Training Manager

Get in touch with Catalina if you would like to make the most of your membership.

Kate Riggs

Programme Officer

Get in touch with Kate if you are interested in becoming a member.

Suzanne Jonker

Programme Officer

Get in touch with Suzanne if you have any questions about our events programme.

Sara Tabar

UDL Intern

Get in touch with Sara if you have any questions about event bookings.

Our Board

Daniel Moylan


Daniel has co-chaired Urban Design London since it began. He is a former Deputy Chairman of Transport for London and a former Deputy Leader of Kensington and Chelsea Council.

Nigel Haselden


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

Esther Kurland

Head of Urban Design, TfL

Esther has worked in local authorities in policy, development control, design and conservation planning posts for the GLA, the first London Plan and CABE from 2003. She was Director of UDL since 2006 and became head of TfLs Urban Design Team in 2018.

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.

David Lunts

Executive Director Housing and Land, GLA

David Lunts is the Interim Head of Paid Service and Executive Director of Housing and Land at the GLA where he leads the work to establish the housing functions that devolved from the HCA and LDA to the Mayor of London in April 2012.

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.

Wise Friends

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

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.

Andy von Bradsky

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. He is currently working with MHCLG as a design and delivery advisor.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Dana Skelley OBE

Director of Strategy & Operational Excellence

Dana’s broad experience as a transport Client included a seventeen year spell at Transport for London including Director of Asset Management, leading National technical Boards and advisory groups ranging from collaborative working to bridges to apprentices. A Chartered civil engineer with an MBA specialising in Organisational Culture, Dana joined Skanksa in 2017 where she is leading technical, quality, business improvement, innovation, risk and customer strategy teams. Dana is a Fellow and Trustee of the CIHT.

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.

Max Farrell

Partner, Farrells

Max is a Partner at Farrells with responsibility for strategic planning and communications. His role includes liaison with local and national government on high speed rail and aviation strategy including proposals for a new transport ‘super hub’ at Old Oak Common where HS2 meets Crossrail in West London and the expansion of Gatwick based on a second runway. He is currently involved in international projects in Asia and for overseas clients investing in London, including Royal Albert Dock for ABP

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

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.

General Enquiries

For general enquiries, please contact: info@urbandesignlondon.com or 44 (0)7738142712

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