An urban designer and landscape architect with 10 years experience working in a range of areas.
- Urban design
- Transport planning
- Stormwater management
- Ecological design & management
- Community consultation
- Designing for disabled access
- Design for crowd management
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I am lucky to have worked with some of the biggest and most respected urban design firms in the United Kingdom, where I gained wide experience delivering urban regeneration projects. I worked on international masterplanning projects that required me to travel to Russia. My work also includes large strategic planning projects such as Environmental Impact Assessment.
Urban design projects are highly complex and required me to develop skills in communication and flexibility. The work is collaborative in nature: I coordinated projects with traffic engineers, structural, electronic, hydrological and lighting engineers, quantity surveyors, other architectural teams, government officials, NGO’s, publicity managers, community spokespersons, disability representatives, ecological consultants, archaeologists, sociologists, artists and others. Liaising with these diverse groups, coordinating meetings and tasks, required a high level of diplomacy, cooperation and organisation to meet the requirements of all parties involved. At the same time I remained dedicated to delivering high quality projects on schedule and within budget.
Working for the UK’s leading environmental consultancy, I gained experience in storm water management with natural water purification systems. I worked on river realignment and river restoration projects and also habitat creation. I became familiar with environmental legislation, produced detailed reports, worked closely with ecologists but also civil engineers on large highways projects.
Earlier in my career, working with major residential and institutional architects practices, I had unique opportunities to develop ambitious and experimental design schemes for large budgets. I gained valuable appreciation for the processes and structural organisation of large architectural projects.
I graduated from the Surrey Institute of Art and Design in 2000 with a BA honours in Interior Architecture and design. Then after working for 4 years in large scale projects including institutions such as universities, hospitals and commercial projects such as shopping centres, and sports centres, I completed a 2 year Postgraduate Diploma in Landscape Architecture at theUniversity of Sheffield, in 2005, with a renowned research centre in Planning and Landscape Design. I studied under leading world specialists in the fields of strategic planning, environmental design and green roofs. My specialisms were urban renewal and planning for coastal realignment in reaction to sea level rises.
Here a selection of my projects are listed with links to graphics presentations.
I was involved in the ambitious design of a new city in Russia, population 30,000, which involved trips to Moscow to take part in design charrettes with Russian architects, planners and the client. The planned city is located in a UNESCO world heritage area, because of a number of royal palaces built during Catherine the Great’s reign. These charrettes were followed by detailed design work and report production in collaboration with architects in Russia. In other work for Russian clients I designed smaller scale projects such as parks, streets, avenues and residential areas. I worked as part of a team creating a masterplan for a new city in the United Arab Emirates.
As part of a charrette in Moscow, I worked on this theoretical project developing a strategic approach to urban planning. The objective being to provide clear guidelines to effectively plan cities. We developed a language of urban forms and categorised them from the largest urban elements down to residential neighbourhood spaces. The presentation in this link shows how we presented logical steps towards a definition for the typology of urban elements, with examples and illustrations. We proceeded to use the tool in a real situation designing a new city.
URBAN PLANNING AND DESIGN:
Dramatic redesign of central square of an historic English city in front of the main train station. I was the leading architect in the remodelling of this busy city centre transport interchange and the large public plaza at it’s centre. Major changes to the road network as a result of this project included the removal of a road in the city centre, removal of a roundabout junction in front of the station, impacting on the sequencing of all traffic light signals and flows of traffic throughout the city. New and improved major bus stops and taxi ranks were introduced, new signage and a car park. The focal point of this £4m project was a large high quality public square, the main city centre square. I was involved in the design of spectacular new fountains, the planting of very large, mature trees delivered from Germany, a grand new entrance to the train station and flexible space for large events. The plaza is now a major destination in itself as well as an outstanding first impression of the city for people arriving at the city by train. The city is famous for being the home of one of Britain’s great prime ministers, the new design for the square honours this heritage with an improved plinth and surroundings for his statue.
An ambitious transformation of the main city centre avenue of one of Britain’s largest cities, and the busiest shopping street in the country. This project is the 2nd phase of a previous project by the same company; a project that won prestigious design awards, and has become a national emblem of modern Scotland seen on postcards. The improvements, including the pedestrianisation of a large area and fantastic lighting, have proved to be enormously popular with businesses and visitors. Main elements of the project include: highest quality street improvements, modern street furniture, highlighting of historical buildings, careful attention to details and excellent craftmanship in construction. The scheme includes dramatic blue lighting, public art, new street trees, an events area, the grand entrance to a large shopping centre and a striking new entrance in illuminated blue glass to the metro station. A unique opportunity in this project was how to represent the historical importance of this location: it is believed to be the exact spot of the first church in Scotland, built by St Enoch, on his arrival from Ireland in the 6th or 7th century.
Strategic plan for urban renewal. Study to identify key strategic locations to focus improvements, in this economically and socially depressed area. The plan takes a wide area of a major UK city, analysing information about the features that make the city: historic, economic, social and cultural, transport infrastructure, existing neighbourhood centres, amenities and spatial aspects. The report identifies problems in the urban form that contribute to poor quality of life for residents and low economic investment. Then we represent visually the recommendations where and how interventions should be made in the city area for the most effective results.
Study to assess problems in pedestrian circulation in a city neighbourhood, specifically in relation to the train station and in view of major new development of a highway viaduct to be built over the train station and surrounding streets. My work involved extensive site visits, map research and analysis and community consultations. The report describes the problems in pedestrian circulation in the area as it was existing, as well as future projections after the highway viaduct development. The study considers transportation in the wider area of the whole city and future developments in the coming years; such as the athlete village and sports grounds for the Commonwealth Games 4km away. The report gives 8 key recommendations on how improvements can be made. Following the publication of this report my company was asked to take one of the 8 recommendations forward and construct the street improvements. For client continuity I was responsible for managing the project shown here.
Strategic study to access impacts of new power lines across rural area of outstanding natural beauty and popular recreation use. The objective being to analyse the various options and arrive at the best route. New demands for sustainable energy supply are creating significant requirements for new infrastructure of power production and transmission. My tasks were to evaluate the qualitative value of views for residents and tourists, but also costs calculations based on technical factors such as: slope inclinations, route distances, direction changes and other details that influence costs. I undertook extensive site visits with engineers, to understand and visualise the various route options.
Study to assess visual impacts of a major new building development in a scenic and historically important area. The proposed development is near to the site of Scotland’s last major battle, and, therefore the area has heritage and tourism value. My tasks involved desk based research analysing mapping and other information sources, followed by site visits to collect real site information. After I worked on interpretation, following established, nationally recognised steps and tools, to present the information and reach objective conclusions in the decision making process.
Design and presentation for a new tram route in one of the UK’s most important cities, work included organisation of the streets where the tram will pass according to transport requirements and regulations, management of survey information to access impact of existing infrastructure below the ground, aesthetic design to provide pleasant environments for tram users and other people affected. The presentation shows plans and artists impressions of how it is expected to look when finished.
Following the Access Strategy Report my company was asked to take the project to the next level and build one of the recommended interventions, as an impulse to urban renewal in the area. The design was the vast improvement of the primary approach to the train station from the main street. This project involved a radical concept in street design, known as “shared surface”, where the normal traffic signage and street demarcations between traffic and pedestrians are removed to leave a clear and smooth street, free from clutter, where cars, bicycles and pedestrians share the space. Drivers need to go more carefully and the environment is safer, more attractive and more useful for citizens. I had to work closely with traffic and drainage engineers to comply with official regulations in this new approach to urban design, and I worked with structural engineers to check the viability of new retaining walls and other structures. I held public consultations and meetings with community organisations and schools, because the changes significantly affected their properties. I produced graphic images to compare “before and after” to show the client and the public, and I was involved in all stages up to technical detailed design and construction.
Three dimensional modelling using the programme, Sketchup to develop and illustrate design development. This presentation uses just the simple software; Sketchup, but I also have experience designing in 3D Studio Max, AutoCAD 3D, Corel, Adobe, GIS and various other design software programmes.
Masterplan for a psychiatric hospital on the site of an existing historical mansion in a riverside setting. In addition to regular masterplanning and landscape design work I needed to take an approach that included psychological and medical understanding of the functions of the psychiatric hospital. The focus was on security and therapeutic landscapes, combined with a sensitive approach to this ecologically and historically important location. Design work included lakes, woodlands in natural settings, entrance avenue, gateway, ornamental gardens, car park layouts, road and footpath networks, various smaller patient gardens. A unique feature of the plan was a radical piece of art at the entrance in large scale “earthwork”.
Redesigned square in prominent position in an historic English university. The original square was dark and damp, without any chance to stop and sit, and it contained a series of unnecessary steps that made it impossible for disabled access. It is in an important location following a spatial sequence from the adjoining historic university quad in typical traditional style found in many of Britain’s oldest universities. In contrast to the adjoining quad, my design is modern, bright, logical and simple with smooth wheelchair access, ample circulation space, abundant seating, flowering vegetation and trees. Being an old university provided some technical difficulties in the construction. A further challenge was the short construction period, during the summer shut-down period. However, the new square is now proving very popular with students and visitors and has become the main outdoor space of the campus.
River re-aligned to historical routes following decades of running through culverts and underground through the city centre. I was involved with the design and management of the transition of the underground parts of the river being brought back to the surface, and brought back to life. Many features were included in the design that closely mimic natural ecological systems to encourage ecological diversity and to repopulate the river with native plants and animal life. Part of my work was also to enhance strategic parts of rivers where important wildlife habitat for protected species had been lost or is threatened I worked to ameliorate problems and threats posed by human development. I also helped develop natural engineering systems to cleanse water runoff from buildings and highways, especially during storm events, to slow the rate of water into rivers and sewage networks, and to reduce or remove flooding and pollution.
Wetland design and construction. Working with the leading environmental consultants in the area with a long record of success in habitat creation and ecological management I learnt from the best in the industry. As well as being familiar with environmental law and working as writing reports to provide recommendations and instructions, this project required me to design and construct new wildlife habitat. As a result of British law, highway construction is required to provide appropriate new habitat for protected species where new highway development destroys important ecological areas. I designed strong, self sustaining ecological systems capable of supporting diverse plant and animal life. For this I collaborated with ecological experts, carried out site surveys, and was involved with the delicate transportation of plants & animals from the construction site to the newly created habitat, to closely recreate the biological qualities of the original habitat.
High rise, luxury residential development in riverside setting. My involvement included the design of a large decorative roof garden with impressive bespoke sculptures, fountains and dramatic lighting, all in high quality materials. Outside the building I designed a sophisticated entrance and lighting, and a unique walkway suspended over the river, designed in timber, to create a tranquil space close to nature in this busy city centre location.
Artificial climbing structures for rock climbers and interactive play sculptures for children’s adventure playgrounds. As the main designer for this small company, I was responsible for all design work; client consultation, site surveys, contracting work from structural engineers, artists, suppliers and professional climbers, I was responsible for project management, graphic design work and technical construction drawings, I also played a key role in overseeing construction, company advertising, staff management and business administration.