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Each Design Review panel is chosen to suit the scheme being reviewed. It is therefore important to let us know any specific expertise you want on the panel when booking your Design Review.

As a panel, we subscribe to the Mayor’s London Quality Review Charter. We agree to deliver a high quality service that is independent, consistent and collaborative. To view our full Terms of Reference please click here

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Fred Manson

Associate Director, Heatherwick Studio

Fred previously worked as Director of Regeneration & Environment at Southwark Council. Fred was a member of the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment design review panel from 2002-2007 and from 2011-present, and the Olympic Legacy design review. Fred was a member of the Mayor’s Design Advisory Group and has an honorary OBE (2001).

Marie Burns

Marie Burns

Director, Burns & Nice

As a chartered landscape architect, transport planner and urban designer Marie’s skills include masterplanning, landscape design, environmental assessment, town centre enhancement, and public consultation. In addition to wide practical experience, Marie has also undertaken public realm based research projects, and is a visiting critic at a number of architect schools.

Lee Deacon

Lee Deacon

Associate Director, Steer Davies Gleave

Lee is a qualified Civil and Transportation Planning Engineer with 18 years’

experience of working with Boroughs and TfL on a wide range of traffic management and multi-modal transport projects across London. His expertise lies in taking schemes from initiation through to implementation, covering all modes and integrated transport planning approaches.

David Moore

David Moores

Director of Public Realm, Project Centre

David has 26 years experience as a chartered Landscape Architect. He has specialised in streetscape and urban design including design and project management, for both local government and private sector clients and has extensive experience in streetscape design and the interface with traffic and highway engineering from sketch proposals through to implementation.

Fenilla Griffin

Fenella Griffin

Founding Partner, Untitled Practice

Fenella is a fully qualified landscape architect and chartered member of the Landscape Institute (CMLI), working across practice and education. Fenella works across all scales from local community spaces and public realm, to landscape infrastructure systems and environmental resource planning, in the UK and abroad.

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Kevin Barton

Director, Robert Bray Associates

Kevin has worked as a Landscape Architect for over 20 years and specialises in Creative Rainwater Management and SuDS. With a career-long interest in sustainability and people-focused design, Kevin has overseen the design and implementation of a number of successful and award winning schemes.

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Valerie Beirne

Manager, Better Bankside Urban Forest

With a passion for cities and their people, places and wildlife, Valerie has managed the innovative Bankside Urban Forest partnership for over 9 years. A landscape architect by training, Valerie has over 15 years’ experience of working within the fields of urban regeneration, placemaking, landscape urbanism and green infrastructure.

Ludwig Tewksbury

Ludwig Tewksbury

Principal, Tewksbury Design

Lud is a Chartered Landscape Architect and Urban Designer with 15 years post masters experience delivering innovative projects across the private and public sectors. Lud specialises in Landscape Architecture and Public Realm planning and delivery, particularly in Central London. Lud regularly has Design Review roles for Design Council CABE and LB Islington.

George Wright

George Wright

Project Manager, City of London

George previously project managed a number of high profile schemes in Lambeth, including Van Gogh Walk, Clapham Old Town, Venn Street and Electric Avenue in Brixton. His work has been recognised by the National Transport Awards, the London Planning Awards, the Placemaking Awards, the Royal Town Planning Institute, the New London Awards and Transport for London.

Chris Schulte

Chris Schulte

Project Director, Publica

Chris Schulte is an architect with experience in urbanism, public realm design, arts and infrastructure projects. At Publica he leads urban design and public realm schemes for clients in the public and private sector. Previously Chris has worked on the legacy masterplan of London’s 2012 Olympic Park and has helped transform London’s Exhibition Road from a car-dominated route into a new shared space.

Murray Woodburn

Principal Transport Planner, LB Newham

Murray leads on the Borough’s bidding to funding programmes, which has successfully secured over £30m worth of improvements to transport and public realm in Newham. He is also the link between the highways, urban design and regeneration teams and leads on the Council’s transport policies and LIP.

Sam Richards (Co-Chair)

Sam Richards


As Head of Urban Integration at Crossrail, Sam has led and managed the largest programme of urban realm improvements associated with an infrastructure project in this country. He has led Crossrail’s work on integrated design reviews and managed the reports identifying the impact of Crossrail on land values and land use planning. He is a town planner and has worked for TfL, London Underground and London Boroughs and is a member of the HS2 design review panel.

Brian Deegan

Brian Deegan

European Director, AltaGo

Brian is one of the UK’s leading experts in cycling infrastructure and has contributed to many engineering journals on this subject. He specialises in feasibility and design of cycling schemes and his most recent publication includes The EU Cycling Strategy (2017).

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Hiro Aso

Head of Transport & Infrastructure, Gensler

Hiro is a chartered architect and brings over 25 years of architectural design and delivery experience. He is an award-winning specialist in the design of regenerative transport hubs and was a leading figure in the delivery of some of London’s most high-profile schemes such as the modernisation of King’s Cross Station and Bond Street on the Elizabeth Line. He supports cities and local authorities integrate transport infrastructure into their growth plans, including for the Greater London Authority as a Mayor’s Design Advocate.  He has worked in diverse global cities including, Tokyo, Los Angeles, Delhi, Dhaka, Moscow, Baltimore and Johannesburg. 

Hiro is currently Leader of Urban Transport at Hassell, prior to which he was Global Head of Transport & Infrastructure at Gensler and Equity Board Director of McAslan.

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Joanna Kesson

Senior Transport Planner, Arup

Joanna is a chartered Town Planner and has experience in strategic transport planning for masterplans, planning policy formulation and development planning schemes. Since joining Arup, she has provided transport advice on a number of large development planning schemes and opportunity areas. Joanna has specialist experience in bus network planning.

Phil Jones

Phil Jones

Managing Director, Phil Jones Associates

Phil is a Chartered Engineer with over 30 years experience in the planning and design of development infrastructure. He specialises in achieving synergy between highway and urban design, with the aim of creating places and spaces that meet aesthetic, social and functional aims. Phil was part of the team that produced Manual for Streets and publications such as the statutory Wales Active Travel Design Guidance.

Nivedita Vijayan

Nivedita Vijayan

Urban Designer & Architect, Jacobs

Nivedita is a urban designer and Architect with over 14 years of experience in architecture, urban design and masterplans, in both professional practice and teaching. She dedicates herself to working on challenging urban design, transport and planning projects involving innovative design principles and sustainable design approaches to address the increasing challenges in urbanism.

Ian Hingley

Ian Hingley

Principal Landscape Architect, Urban Movement

Ian is a qualified landscape architect and urban designer with over 25 years experience. He has worked in many of the UK’s towns and cities on various project types including: streets and public realm; public spaces and parks; transport infrastructure and stations; residential new build and refurbishment; education and play and health care. Ian’s award winning projects include: Walworth Road; Old Town Clapham and Sidcup High Street.

Gillian Horn

Gillian Horn

Partner, Penoyre & Prasad Architects

Gillian’s extensive experience working in the built environment encompasses architectural practice, research and design review. Gillian is chair of LB Waltham Forest’s Design Advisory Panel, Vice Chair of the new PLACE Review Group for the OPDC and sits on various other panels including CABE’s National Design Review Panel and Design South East.

Edward Jarvis

Edward Jarvis

Urban Design Manager, LB Camden

Edward is an accomplished urban design and conservation officer with specialism in townscape and historic context. Edward has driven an extensive range of commended buildings and masterplanning projects in central London as both a client and planning negotiator. Edward is valued for his ability to enhance projects, find solutions to challenging schemes and provide clear direction through the planning processes.

Jane Briginshaw

Jane Briginshaw

Director, Jane Briginshaw Associates

Jane is a public policy leader providing advice and design training to local authorities. Jane specialises in design and sustainability policy, regulation and practice in government departments and agencies, championing design quality and sustainability in housing and schools, with a focus on community participation. Jane is a member of numerous panels including Wandsworth and the LLDC.

Jon Herbert

Jon Herbert

Director, Troy Planning + Design

Jon is a chartered planner with almost twenty years’ experience in the consultancy sector working across all spatial planning scales. Jon brings to his work a thorough understanding of the planning process with sensitivity to the issues of design and masterplanning. Jon is a Design Council CABE Built Environment Expert (BEE) and a member of several other design panels, including LB Merton and LB Bexley.

Peter Studdert

Peter Studdert

Director, Peter Studdert Planning

Peter is an independent adviser on city planning and design, with over 35 years experience working in planning and development mainly in local government. Qualified as an architect as well as a town planner, Peter chairs a number of high profile design review panels and also advises local authorities on how to manage change and growth from the sub-regional level down to individual sites.

Deborah Saunt

Deborah Saunt

Director, DSDHA

Deborah’s work blurs the boundaries between infrastructure, architecture, art, landscape and urbanism. Her studio, DSDHA, has received 17 RIBA awards in the last decade and has been twice nominated for the Mies van de Rohe Prize for European Architecture. Deborah is a member of various prestigious advisory boards and one of the founding faculty for the radical London School of Architecture.

Mike Hayes

Mike Hayes

Director, Michael Hayes Consulting Ltd

Mike is an independent consultant advising on spatial planning policy, development management and community engagement. He has experience in senior public sector roles and is a former president of the Royal Town Planning Institute. Mike is a Design Council CABE Built Environment Expert (BEE); a member of Historic England’s Advisory Committee and Secretary to the National Planning Forum.

Catherine Jenkins

Catherine Jenkins

Head of Planning & Creative Strategy, Pilbrow & Partners

Catherine is a planner and urban designer specialising in the revitalisation and adaptive reuse of historic buildings, structures and urban waterfronts and place based regeneration. She has particular expertise in public realm, conservation and cultural strategies involving transformational buildings and streetscape design. Catherine is a passionate urbanist with extensive experience in both the private and public sectors.

David Prichard

David Prichard

Co-founder, Metropolitan Workshop

David’s lifelong interest is in housing and placemaking. He is an expert on the urban design, planning and architecture of housing developments. He has a profound understanding of all scales of housing development and regeneration, and the policy and funding regimes that have shaped Britain’s contemporary built environment. David is a member of several design review panels, notably the Cambridgeshire Quality Panel.

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Jo McCafferty

Director, Levitt Lernstein

With vast experience of designing and delivering innovative housing, Jo is adept at steering projects through complex planning processes and advising clients on design and quality standards. Jo’s key role within Levitt Bernstein has been to champion imaginative design solutions. Her approach has been rewarded with numerous competition-winning schemes, which she has led through to completion.


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