About Us

PLACED is a social enterprise. Since 2011 we’ve engaged over 15,000 people of all ages. We’ve won awards and get amazing feedback.

Based in Liverpool, we work across the North West region.

People tell us they want to be more engaged in planning, design and decision making.

People tell us being involved would make them feel empowered, happier and more connected.

But people also tell us they don’t have enough opportunity to get involved. They don’t have a voice in decisions. They don’t believe anyone is listening.

Decision makers tell us they want to engage, but need fresh ideas and an extra pair of hands.

Young people tell us they want an exciting career in placemaking, but don’t know where to start.

We believe we can make better places together.

Our work is all about making a difference. We want to change minds and open doors.

About the Team

Our Founder and Director Jo Harrop is passionate about engaging young people and communities in planning, design and development.

Our small core team is led by Jo and supported by our collective of over 90 volunteer Ambassadors. Our Ambassadors are all professionals or students and include architects, landscape architects, urban designers, interior designers and planners.

Our unique model means that we’re flexible, responsive, skilled and connected. We also create social value for your project through volunteering.

Jo Harrop

Jo completed a BA in Architecture at Sheffield University and a Masters in Interior Design at UCE Institute of Art and Design. Jo worked in the regeneration sector for seven years, first in housing and later in environmental regeneration, before becoming the Education Manager at the Northwest Architecture Centre.

Jo set up PLACED out of a desire to develop young people’s understanding of the towns and cities in which they live and how the quality of design impacts on the lives of all residents. Jo is passionate about giving young people the opportunity to have an active role in the changes taking place in their communities, and believes giving them the confidence and self-belief to voice their opinions will support them in making the most of their talents.

PLACED

Victoria Adegoke

Victoria is currently studying in her 6th year on the RIBA Part 2 MArch course, at Manchester School of Architecture. Her masters thesis and design research project is focused around gender, race, community relationships and social infrastructure; and is exploring how these impact on communities. She is interested in how we can address current housing and social issues, within the UK and globally.

Through her keen interest in live projects and community engagement, she is co-founder of Manchester based community arts initiative and open creative studio LUNA (Create With LUNA CIC).

Victoria is also interested in music journalism, food and knitting!

LUNA

Sophie Bullock

Sophie is a workshop facilitator for PLACED and a freelance artist.

She has a particular interest in using her artistic practice to connect with local communities to get them to think about the built environment and how they may make it more inclusive and social. Sophie’s approach to community engagement is far reaching including art interventions, installations and street games in public spaces, to more traditional approaches such as interviews and surveys.

She has broad teaching and workshop-facilitating experience, from accredited courses with NEETs from a variety of challenging backgrounds, to drop-in art oriented workshops across a range of ages for various clients including schools, community organisations and galleries.

As an artist she has exhibited nationally for several renowned institutions, including The Whitworth Gallery, MadLab and HOME, Manchester, Birmingham Open Media, and Pervasive Media Studio, Bristol, amongst others.

PLACED

Matt Fear

PLACED is supported in its education work by Matt, who works with us on a freelance basis to support the development and delivery of workshops for young people. Matt graduated from the Manchester School of Architecture, having complete his BA(Hons) Architecture in 2011, he now works freelance doing architectural visualizations. Matt also uses his skills in teaching to deliver tuition for current students in 3D Max.

PLACED

Jenny Vellacott McGuire

Jenny is project support and administrator for PLACED, and also supports in working towards development and delivery of the Better Places Together campaign. She is passionate about working within communities to promote local needs and support social change. Her background in arts, organisational and management roles provides her with skills to facilitate and lead within creative and focused environments.

She is also currently studying Level 4 Certificate in Counselling Skills, and believes in the importance of awareness and sensitivity to diversity, and necessity to communicate effectively and relate empathically to others. She sees the importance of people having influence on their personal and social situation and finds work relevant when striving towards promoting inclusion, connection and increased wellbeing for all.

PLACED

Seb Salisbury

Seb worked for FWP Architects for over 12 years and became an associate partner in 2017. He has since set up; and is a director of RPS Design Group which has offices in Preston and Shropshire and works across various different sectors within the construction industry.

Seb has a passion for pushing the boundaries of modern architecture and has experience in commercial, residential and sport & leisure based projects. He is also keen to develop creativity and confidence within young people and architectural design.

RPS Design Group

Erin Fairweather

Erin works as an Urban Design Graduate for Savills in Birmingham. Erin graduated with a degree in BA geography in 2016 from the University of Liverpool and began to specialize in urban design whilst studying for a Master of Civic Design from the same university, graduating in 2017. Since joining the urban design team at Savills, Erin has gained further experience in master planning, design practice and, graphic work and, is working towards becoming a registered urban practitioner. She is particularly interested in community engagement and creative practice and events in the city.

Savills

Tim Johns

Tim is the Principal Landscape and Urban Designer at TEP, an award winning consultancy providing multi-disciplinary environmental services to clients in the private, public and voluntary sectors.

Established in 1997, TEP provides independent, high quality environmental planning and design advice with a strong emphasis on personal service. We have grown steadily by sticking to our core skills and we now have a track record of over 7,000 projects, large and small, which demonstrate high-quality and sustainable development.

TEP has professionals accustomed to working in multi-disciplinary teams identifying practical solutions that work well for the place and for the client. We believe in the power of teamwork, both in the way we organise ourselves and in the way we work with communities involved with our projects.

TEP

Su Stringfellow

Su completed her Diploma in Architecture at Sheffield University before qualifying as an architect in 2003. She worked for Liverpool practice Union North for 8 years on award winning schemes such as Toxteth TV and the Midland Hotel in Morecambe before establishing her own practice in 2010.

Harrison Stringfellow Architects was borne out of a thirst to deliver more socially driven projects, and to investigate new ways of architectural practice that compliments family life. We have a wide portfolio of work each delivered with the same care and attention to detail. More recently HSA have established a social enterprise offering architectural advice and support to third sector organisations. Su has worked with Jo since her role at the RIBA delivering built environment workshops to young people.

Harrison Stringfellow Architects

Shani Gabbidon

An architectural assistant from the West Midlands brought to the fine city of Liverpool through work, Shani is now helping to contribute to her community through designing hand made accessories and crafts and working in the built environment with Brook Carmichael Architects.

Brook Carmichael Architects

Paul Gibbs

Having studied Architecture at the University of Liverpool, Paul qualified as an architect in 2008. He has developed a breadth and depth of architectural experience working on residential, commercial, leisure and mixed use regeneration projects in the North West. Paul has experience of working across all RIBA work stages on both new-build and refurbishment projects, including work on listed buildings. He is primarily interested in the architecture of the home, the suburbs, design processes and the design methodologies employed by architects.

Ola Aleksandra Rug

Aleksandra Rug holds MA Degree in Landscape Architecture (2003) Warsaw, (Poland), Postgraduate Diploma in Spatial and Urban Planning (2004) from Warsaw (Poland) and Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Development in Social and Therapeutic Horticulture Coventry University (2006). In 2012 she graduated from Permaculture Design Course Diploma organised by Organiclea in London.

In Poland Aleksandra worked for Landscape Architecture Design Studio on several commercial landscape design projects, then as Specialist for National Foundation for Environmental Protection.

Since moving to Wirral 2016 she set up Heal Earth enterprise offering bespoke workshops, projects and designs for professionals and organisations.

Heal Earth

Neil Ainsworth

Neil has worked at FWP since 1994 becoming a partner in 2005. Neil is an excellent designer with a real understanding of the clients’ requirements. During his period at FWP he has produced innovative, workable and affordable designs developing a diverse portfolio with specialist knowledge of sports stadia design and master-planning.

FWP is a multi- disciplinary practice defined by the exploration of new ideas, development and expertise and our commitment to sustainability. We work on schemes around the UK from our head office in Preston, Lancashire and additional offices in Manchester and London.

FWP

Meera Rajendra

Meera moved from India to Liverpool four years ago. She had her own Architecture and Design practice called the Drawing Board for 13 years in Bangalore and handled numerous commercial and residential projects. She presently works at Workspace for Louise Potter, who is also a PLACED Ambassador. She is also on the Board of Engage Liverpool. She is intrigued by the sensitivity of Architecture and its responses to different geographies, time periods, cultures and society.

Workspace

Lucy Ashcroft

It was Lucy’s love of drawing, in particular the built environment that led her down the path of studying Architecture at Liverpool John Moores University. On completion of six years study she graduated with a 2:1 BA Hons degree and a Post Graduate Diploma with Commendation. She is currently studying towards an MSc in Building Conservation and Regeneration. Her ultimate goal is to practice as a Conservation Architect and Lucy hopes her knowledge and training in Architecture, Conservation and Regeneration so far can finally turn a passion into a successful career.

Louise Potter

Louise created Workspace in 2011 having moved from London where she worked in high profile architectural and design practices for 15 years. Mainly working in the commercial sector, Louise gained valuable experience in dealing with blue chip companies and high end products. However Louise is also interested in good value design being available to all, including healthcare, education, residential and the public sector.

Workspace

Lizzie Edge

Lizzie is an Architect and PhD student based in Liverpool, working on a variety of projects from residential and commercial to laboratory design. She is an architecture and research graduate from LJMU, School of Art and Design, and has a keen interest in photography, curating and architecture exhibitions.

Architect and PhD Student

Lee Whittingham

LJ Architects are a young, dynamic practice based in north Liverpool providing unique and appropriate design solutions to a wide variety of scheme types.

LJ Architects

Kate Pierce

Kate has over 20 years’ experience as a practitioner in planning and regeneration. With a strong commitment to place-making and urban renewal, Kate has led on a range of projects including the implementation of new public realm projects in the City of London’s Square Mile, development of schemes to design out crime, and working with local high streets and traditional markets to rejuvenate and revitalise our town centres.

Working predominantly in the public sector Kate is a great advocate of grass roots regeneration and champion for good urban design and creating animated public spaces.

Jenny McLoughlin

Originally from Manchester, Jenny completed a master’s degree in Town and Regional Planning at the University of Sheffield. Since this time she has worked as a Transport Planner in the World Heritage city of Bath, with specialisms that include traffic impact assessment and road design. In her spare time, Jenny enjoys exploring new cities which serves as inspiration for her drawing and painting.

Helen Lindsay

Helen studied Heritage Management at UCLan in her spare time before she had a family. She is passionate about the built environment, the effect it has on people’s lives and the creation of ‘place’. Helen is fascinated by how each individual interprets the need for shelter and thinks it is vital people are involved in how their communities are shaped. She sees the need for more sustainable buildings as a great opportunity for this generation to create a legacy of innovative architecture. Helen is also involved with the construction of a new straw bale visitor centre in my local park, the UK’s first registered Living Building.

Graham Marshall

Graham is an award winning urban designer. As founding Director of Liverpool Vision URC in 1999, he was responsible for the formulation and delivery of the City Centre Regeneration Framework, a comprehensive £3billion 15year Vision. Graham set up MAXIM Urban Design in 2004, acting as a client advisor and enabler delivering challenging urban programmes. Graham has contributed to policy guidance including By Design and the Urban Design Compendium. Graham is a Design Council CABE Built Environment Expert and an accredited Building for Life Assessor; a member of the MADE and Integrate Yorkshire Design Review Panel’s; and Director of the NEDDC Urban Design Academy.

Flora Hodson

Having completed her BA in Architecture at Manchester School of Architecture Flora worked for a year in Manchester, particularly enjoying the conservation and renovation projects. She then flew to New Zealand and spent the past year and a half cycling back to Cumbria. Flora found experiencing the different ways people live across the world, from their homes, communities and built environment, particularly fascinating. Flora works for OMI Architects.

OMI

Eleana Orr

Eleana is from Lancashire and completed her RIBA Part I at The Arts University in Bournemouth. Having worked as a Landscape Designer in Dorset for two years and working part-time for Feria Urbanism as project support, facilitating workshops for neighbourhood planning projects, Eleana is interested in continuing her experience in urban / landscape design and community engagement.

Feria Urbanism

Elaine Cresswell

Elaine is an enthusiastic Chartered Landscape Architect and director of reShaped, with over 15 years experience in the construction industry. She is currently leading the Landscape Institute Sustainability Working Group and an active member of the Landscape Institute Technical Committee and Housing Working Groups.

Over her career, Elaine has purposefully specialised in the creation of well-designed sustainable places that are of importance to people. She believes that sustainable design is less about ‘Eco-bling ‘ and more about making space useable and adding beauty and interest to peoples lives, whilst also sensitively integrating a development with its context and reusing existing resources.

reShaped

Diana Osmolska

Diana is a landscape artist, specialising in creating large scale paintings that invoke and reflect movement, creating action that makes scenes more natural. Diana studying architecture in Manchester to get a different perspective on the surrounding environment and space, and is currently working as an Architectural Assistant in Manchester for Saunders.

Saunders

Darren Smith

Darren is a recently qualified architect. He joined Sheppard Robson in 2015 having studied architecture at the University of Lincoln (Undergraduate) and the University of Liverpool (Post-Graduate) receiving his MArch in 2014. Between his studies he worked in Lincoln for two years as a Part 1 assistant specialising in listed buildings and churches & helped to establish an in-house architecture practice in Liverpool for a property developer. He has particular experience in both the residential & commercial sectors with particular experience in working with listed buildings.

Darren believes that a successful architectural intervention must be the result a thorough site reading drawing on both the physical content and the emotional resonance of the site as well as the exploration of a buildings programme, typology or functions in relation to its users. He says a design should respond with appropriate use of materials, space and light in a way that makes architecture that is truly fit for humanities physical and emotional needs.

Sheppard Robson

Chithra Marsh

Chithra recently joined the AJ100 studio of Buttress as part of their senior management team. She has gained a wealth of experience over the last 25 years in architectural practice. Her track record covers projects in both the private and public sectors, including retail, industrial, residential, office, law and order and conservation.

Buttress

Charlotte Hayden

Charlotte is an Associate in Landscape Planning and Design at TEP. TEP is an award winning consultancy providing multi-disciplinary environmental services to clients in the private, public and voluntary sectors. Established in 1997, TEP provides independent, high quality environmental planning and design advice with a strong emphasis on personal service. TEP has professionals accustomed to working in multi-disciplinary teams identifying practical and sustainable solutions that work well for the place and for the client. TEP believe in the power of teamwork, both in the way they organise ourselves and in the way they work with communities involved with their projects.

TEP

Bob O’Neil

Educated at the Universities of Sheffield and Edinburgh, Bob O’Neil returned to his native Cumbria to set-up practice after spells in Cheshire, Scotland and New York City. A ‘hands-on’ Architect, Bob enjoys the craft of construction and is known to get his hands dirty on site once projects move from theory to reality. Bob regularly lectures and also runs workshops via various educational roles. His practice’s recently completed off-grid sustainable farmhouse renovation project has received extensive media attention whilst also forming part of the Lake District National Park’s ‘Great Design with Special Landscapes’ publication.

O'Neil Associates

Annie Naughton

Annie is currently studying for her part 2 at Liverpool University. She is interested in the social side of architecture and the benefit that the built environment can have for the people that use it and their well-being. Annie enjoys working with all stakeholders and participating in discussion about the built environment. She is also interested in the preservation of architectural heritage, and in creative reuse of existing spaces. Annie has worked in female led practices in Cambridge and Liverpool which have inspired her because of their end-­user/community focused ethos and their drive to succeed in a predominately male led profession.

Liverpool University Student

Ann Vanner

Ann has worked at UCLan since 2009 and is a Senior Lecturer. She works with a range of people, groups and organisations to develop ‘live’ studio projects and hands-on exercises for degree students and encourages the idea of learning through doing, and as a result the course has adopted the tag line of ‘practical creativity’ Ann is research active in building technology, passive design approaches and the pedagogy of architectural education.

UCLan

Andrew Connor

After studying at the Liverpool School of Architecture Andrew recently qualified as an Architect. As part of his training he has several years experience working at practices in the UK and Australia. Andrew has been working at ABW since 2008 on a variety of projects from Higher Education to Private Houses, new build and refurbishment works. We are a design led practice, focusing on reducing energy demands of the buildings we design and giving practical solutions which strive to surpass our clients expectations.

ABW Architects

Ben Prince

Prince Architects was established in 2010 by Ben Prince. Ben is an RIBA chartered architect with over 10 years experience in the industry. He has worked on a wide range of projects in various sectors. He studied at the University of Bath and the University of Liverpool, becoming a registered ARB member in 2006. The practice works mainly on private domestic schemes, but also has some community / civic and commercial projects, and is focussed on good quality, contemporary, sustainable design with the client?s needs at the heart.

Prince Architects

Abigail Patel

Abigail studied at The University of Edinburgh, ESALA (Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture) and graduated in 2016 with an MA(Hons) with architecture degree. Abigail subsequently returned to Harrison Pitt Architects in Cumbria, having already worked with the practice for both summer work experience and her Part 1 placement.

Having attended meetings for her local RIBA society during her Part 1 year out, Abigail stood for election to join the RIBA National Council last year and was officially elected as a Student Representative in September in 2017. This election also coincided with Abigail being co-opted to join the RIBA North West Regional council, as their student representative.

Abi has a keen interest in promoting the status of women in architecture and continues to practice, explore and research this subject area during her current MArch Part 2 studies at the Manchester School of Architecture.

Harrison Pitt Architects

David Grant

David is hardworking and enthusiastic. He’s currently enjoying undertaking his BA in Architecture. In his spare time he likes to make advanced origami, pop up books / cards and watch / play football, snooker and swimming. David likes to encourage positive change and he has previously been a young Lord Mayor of Liverpool and debated at the European Parliament and Liverpool Town Hall. David would consider himself a creative person with good leadership qualities.

David Sadik

Dave is currently undertaking his March at the University of Liverpool after completing his RIBA Part 1 at the University of Manchester. His year out for Wilde Architects has helped fuel his interest in pre-fabricated housing and solidify his belief that architects have a duty to contribute to social issues such as the demand for social housing and shelter around the world.

Dave enjoys contributing to humanitarian issues through volunteering for St. Marks Universal Charity which seeks to provide health care for North Africa. He is also a fan of the seven seas and is a certified diver!

Bushra Hasan

Bushra is currently doing postgraduate degree in Global Urban Development and Planning at the University of Manchester. Her interest in planning has grown since completing a degree in urban regeneration and planning and participating in various planning projects and placements. Bushra believes that it is important to involve local communities in the design and plan of their neighbourhoods as this strengthens a strong sense of place, and through being involved with PLACED she aspires to help young people build their knowledge of place making and urban design.

Connah O’Neill

Connah studied Art and Design at the city of Liverpool College and is currently studying Architecture at Liverpool John Moores University. He took part in Capital and Centric’s Regeneration Brainery workshop in 2017 and attended a number of the PLACED programs which strengthened the ambition to become an Architect.

Liverpool John Moores University Student

Malachy Buck

Malachy is a young enthusiastic post-grad student currently studying town planning. He is particularly interested in creating sustainable places which people enjoy living and working in. Malachy believes that by empowering those without a voice we can create better places together!

Noor Nahan Majid

Architecture, Noor has learnt, is not just all about maths. The impacts of architecture are lasting and encompass every field. Noor want to share this with people, especially the younger generation, that architecture can start from them, if they take the initiative and have the enthusiasm. She would also like to share the idea that architecture can stem from your own interests; some of hers include painting, photography and writing.

Justin Tan Wei Jie

Justin is a student from the Manchester School of Architecture, currently doing his Masters in Architecture. Originally from Singapore, Justin is excited to continue his architecture education in UK. As an architect-in-making, Justin hopes to give back knowledge and experience to the society, especially to excite and inspire a new generation of young designers and architects, or to engage the social aspect of architecture with the local community. Furthermore, volunteering would be the ideal way for Justin to meet the locals and know this country and its culture; a privileged enrichment to my overseas study adventure.

Izzi Garvey

Currently studying Architectural Design and technology at the University of Salford, Izzi works as a Trainee Architectural Technician for Bellway Homes North West.

Participating in PLACED summer schools in her teenage years, Izzi is eager to help and encourage younger students. Showing her passion for the building design industry, she aims to influence women and younger ladies into the industry.

She enjoys swimming in her free time and is also a keen hockey player for West Derby Hockey 1St team. Izzi is proud to say she is volunteering at the Hockey World Cup 2018.

Thomas Lord

Having recently graduated with a degree in geography, Thomas’ life in the ‘planning world’ is in its infancy… but he is really excited to get out there and hear people’s inspiring perspectives on the future of the built environment. Thomas is always keen to talk and learn as much as he can!

Timothy Wu

Tim is a student at Manchester School of Architecture. He is most interested in issues surrounding urbanism and participatory architecture, especially in terms of the relationship between people and places.

Outside his studies, Tim is often found exploring and photographing the built environment.

Shadath Chowdhury

Shadath is currently an undergraduate student at the Manchester school of Architecture. His hobbies include, drawing, painting and sports such as tennis and table tennis. He enjoys working with younger students to help them achieve their goals. As an architecture student, Shadath believes that the support available for schools on architecture is insufficient, so he joined PLACED to inspire the younger generation to become future architects and give them an awareness of what the subject is.

Maha Komber

After completing her BSc at the University of Bath, and Part 1 Architectural Assistant jobs in the UK and Egypt, Maha is about to finish her Masters in Architecture at the University of Sheffield this summer. She gets ridiculously excited about all kinds of architecture and has been volunteering for PLACED for over four years at secondary school workshops, public participation events and Ed the Campervan events. Maha is very excited about the work PLACED is doing and wishes it had been happening when she was at school. In her spare time Maha loves to read and attempt to knit.

Elizabeth Bundred Woodward

Lizzie comes from Liverpool and is currently studying urban design and planning management at UCL. She enjoys the opportunity to work as part of a team on practical projects and field trips to experience the best and worst of urban development in London. Lizzie helped out on a small project in Uganda and would ideally like to work for a NGO after qualifying. She also enjoys art, contemporary dance and music.

Lizeth Echavarria Florez

Lizeth is confident, flexible, dynamic and creative. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Architecture in Columbia, where she also worked as an Architectural Assistant. In this role she gained organisational skills and the ability to manage several projects at the same time. In her free time, Lizeth enjoys sketching, painting and more recently sculpting with clay.

Katie Rhodes

Katie is from Lytham, living two minutes from the beach which she loves. She is studying architecture at Newcastle and has enjoyed the past two years, especially now she is living in Jesmond which is full of students.

Katie wants to complete my architecture degree, and is focusing on getting as much architectural experience as possible at various practices and also writing her dissertation in which she is focussing on architecture helping the elderly generation and, in particular, people with dementia.

Newcastle Architecture Student

Jennifer Shields

Jennifer is an architecture student with a wide variety of subject interests. One of the main things she loves about architecture is the ability to unite the arts and science. The power of design is that our imaginations create endless possibilities and by working together, providing support and knowledge, these ideas can become reality; changing people’s lives. Jennifer is working with PLACED to develop her skills whilst aiding others and growing as a community.

James Taylor

Growing up in Liverpool, James has developed a personal connection not only with the city, but with the history, architecture and culture that shapes it today. Participating in one of the PLACED Summer Schools in his teenage years, James thinks it’s important to share the experiences he once had with other interested young people who are in the same boat he once used to be in.

James is currently studying his Part 1 Architecture at Liverpool John Moores University, and tries to apply his keen attitude and knowledge of Liverpool to his work and to others around him.

Liverpool John Moores University Student

Georgina Southwell

Georgina is in her third year studying MPlan Town and Regional Planning at the University of Liverpool, with a particular interest in how regeneration can be facilitated through urban and architectural design. She has also worked full-time for six months at a house building form, gaining experience in purchasing and quantity surveying, with this role growing her interest in property development and design.

Outside of academia, Georgina is President of the University of Liverpool Baking Society, who host various events and baking-related fundraisers, involving people of diverse ages and backgrounds, and collaborations with other societies.

University of Liverpool Student

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Jo Harrop

Director

Jo completed a BA in Architecture at Sheffield University and a Masters in Interior Design at UCE Institute of Art and Design. Jo worked in the regeneration sector for seven years, first in housing and later in environmental regeneration, before becoming the Education Manager at the Northwest Architecture Centre.

Jo set up PLACED out of a desire to develop young people’s understanding of the towns and cities in which they live and how the quality of design impacts on the lives of all residents. Jo is passionate about giving young people the opportunity to have an active role in the changes taking place in their communities, and believes giving them the confidence and self-belief to voice their opinions will support them in making the most of their talents.



PLACED

Victoria Adegoke

Placed Team

Victoria is currently studying in her 6th year on the RIBA Part 2 MArch course, at Manchester School of Architecture. Her masters thesis and design research project is focused around gender, race, community relationships and social infrastructure; and is exploring how these impact on communities. She is interested in how we can address current housing and social issues, within the UK and globally.

Through her keen interest in live projects and community engagement, she is co-founder of Manchester based community arts initiative and open creative studio LUNA (Create With LUNA CIC).

Victoria is also interested in music journalism, food and knitting!



LUNA

Sophie Bullock

Placed Team

Sophie is a workshop facilitator for PLACED and a freelance artist.

She has a particular interest in using her artistic practice to connect with local communities to get them to think about the built environment and how they may make it more inclusive and social. Sophie’s approach to community engagement is far reaching including art interventions, installations and street games in public spaces, to more traditional approaches such as interviews and surveys.

She has broad teaching and workshop-facilitating experience, from accredited courses with NEETs from a variety of challenging backgrounds, to drop-in art oriented workshops across a range of ages for various clients including schools, community organisations and galleries.

As an artist she has exhibited nationally for several renowned institutions, including The Whitworth Gallery, MadLab and HOME, Manchester, Birmingham Open Media, and Pervasive Media Studio, Bristol, amongst others.



PLACED

Matt Fear

Placed Team

PLACED is supported in its education work by Matt, who works with us on a freelance basis to support the development and delivery of workshops for young people. Matt graduated from the Manchester School of Architecture, having complete his BA(Hons) Architecture in 2011, he now works freelance doing architectural visualizations. Matt also uses his skills in teaching to deliver tuition for current students in 3D Max.



PLACED

Jenny Vellacott McGuire

Placed Team

Jenny is project support and administrator for PLACED, and also supports in working towards development and delivery of the Better Places Together campaign. She is passionate about working within communities to promote local needs and support social change. Her background in arts, organisational and management roles provides her with skills to facilitate and lead within creative and focused environments.

She is also currently studying Level 4 Certificate in Counselling Skills, and believes in the importance of awareness and sensitivity to diversity, and necessity to communicate effectively and relate empathically to others. She sees the importance of people having influence on their personal and social situation and finds work relevant when striving towards promoting inclusion, connection and increased wellbeing for all.



PLACED

Seb Salisbury

Ambassador

Seb worked for FWP Architects for over 12 years and became an associate partner in 2017. He has since set up; and is a director of RPS Design Group which has offices in Preston and Shropshire and works across various different sectors within the construction industry.

Seb has a passion for pushing the boundaries of modern architecture and has experience in commercial, residential and sport & leisure based projects. He is also keen to develop creativity and confidence within young people and architectural design.



RPS Design Group

Erin Fairweather

Ambassador

Erin works as an Urban Design Graduate for Savills in Birmingham. Erin graduated with a degree in BA geography in 2016 from the University of Liverpool and began to specialize in urban design whilst studying for a Master of Civic Design from the same university, graduating in 2017. Since joining the urban design team at Savills, Erin has gained further experience in master planning, design practice and, graphic work and, is working towards becoming a registered urban practitioner. She is particularly interested in community engagement and creative practice and events in the city.



Savills

Tim Johns

Ambassador

Tim is the Principal Landscape and Urban Designer at TEP, an award winning consultancy providing multi-disciplinary environmental services to clients in the private, public and voluntary sectors.

Established in 1997, TEP provides independent, high quality environmental planning and design advice with a strong emphasis on personal service. We have grown steadily by sticking to our core skills and we now have a track record of over 7,000 projects, large and small, which demonstrate high-quality and sustainable development.

TEP has professionals accustomed to working in multi-disciplinary teams identifying practical solutions that work well for the place and for the client. We believe in the power of teamwork, both in the way we organise ourselves and in the way we work with communities involved with our projects.



TEP

Su Stringfellow

Ambassador

Su completed her Diploma in Architecture at Sheffield University before qualifying as an architect in 2003. She worked for Liverpool practice Union North for 8 years on award winning schemes such as Toxteth TV and the Midland Hotel in Morecambe before establishing her own practice in 2010.

Harrison Stringfellow Architects was borne out of a thirst to deliver more socially driven projects, and to investigate new ways of architectural practice that compliments family life. We have a wide portfolio of work each delivered with the same care and attention to detail. More recently HSA have established a social enterprise offering architectural advice and support to third sector organisations. Su has worked with Jo since her role at the RIBA delivering built environment workshops to young people.



Harrison Stringfellow Architects

Shani Gabbidon

Ambassador

An architectural assistant from the West Midlands brought to the fine city of Liverpool through work, Shani is now helping to contribute to her community through designing hand made accessories and crafts and working in the built environment with Brook Carmichael Architects.



Brook Carmichael Architects

Paul Gibbs

Ambassador

Having studied Architecture at the University of Liverpool, Paul qualified as an architect in 2008. He has developed a breadth and depth of architectural experience working on residential, commercial, leisure and mixed use regeneration projects in the North West. Paul has experience of working across all RIBA work stages on both new-build and refurbishment projects, including work on listed buildings. He is primarily interested in the architecture of the home, the suburbs, design processes and the design methodologies employed by architects.



Ola Aleksandra Rug

Ambassador

Aleksandra Rug holds MA Degree in Landscape Architecture (2003) Warsaw, (Poland), Postgraduate Diploma in Spatial and Urban Planning (2004) from Warsaw (Poland) and Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Development in Social and Therapeutic Horticulture Coventry University (2006). In 2012 she graduated from Permaculture Design Course Diploma organised by Organiclea in London.

In Poland Aleksandra worked for Landscape Architecture Design Studio on several commercial landscape design projects, then as Specialist for National Foundation for Environmental Protection.

Since moving to Wirral 2016 she set up Heal Earth enterprise offering bespoke workshops, projects and designs for professionals and organisations.



Heal Earth

Neil Ainsworth

Ambassador

Neil has worked at FWP since 1994 becoming a partner in 2005. Neil is an excellent designer with a real understanding of the clients’ requirements. During his period at FWP he has produced innovative, workable and affordable designs developing a diverse portfolio with specialist knowledge of sports stadia design and master-planning.

FWP is a multi- disciplinary practice defined by the exploration of new ideas, development and expertise and our commitment to sustainability. We work on schemes around the UK from our head office in Preston, Lancashire and additional offices in Manchester and London.



FWP

Meera Rajendra

Ambassador

Meera moved from India to Liverpool four years ago. She had her own Architecture and Design practice called the Drawing Board for 13 years in Bangalore and handled numerous commercial and residential projects. She presently works at Workspace for Louise Potter, who is also a PLACED Ambassador. She is also on the Board of Engage Liverpool. She is intrigued by the sensitivity of Architecture and its responses to different geographies, time periods, cultures and society.



Workspace

Lucy Ashcroft

Ambassador

It was Lucy’s love of drawing, in particular the built environment that led her down the path of studying Architecture at Liverpool John Moores University. On completion of six years study she graduated with a 2:1 BA Hons degree and a Post Graduate Diploma with Commendation. She is currently studying towards an MSc in Building Conservation and Regeneration. Her ultimate goal is to practice as a Conservation Architect and Lucy hopes her knowledge and training in Architecture, Conservation and Regeneration so far can finally turn a passion into a successful career.



Louise Potter

Ambassador

Louise created Workspace in 2011 having moved from London where she worked in high profile architectural and design practices for 15 years. Mainly working in the commercial sector, Louise gained valuable experience in dealing with blue chip companies and high end products. However Louise is also interested in good value design being available to all, including healthcare, education, residential and the public sector.



Workspace

Lizzie Edge

Ambassador

Lizzie is an Architect and PhD student based in Liverpool, working on a variety of projects from residential and commercial to laboratory design. She is an architecture and research graduate from LJMU, School of Art and Design, and has a keen interest in photography, curating and architecture exhibitions.



Architect and PhD Student

Lee Whittingham

Ambassador

LJ Architects are a young, dynamic practice based in north Liverpool providing unique and appropriate design solutions to a wide variety of scheme types.



LJ Architects

Kate Pierce

Ambassador

Kate has over 20 years’ experience as a practitioner in planning and regeneration. With a strong commitment to place-making and urban renewal, Kate has led on a range of projects including the implementation of new public realm projects in the City of London’s Square Mile, development of schemes to design out crime, and working with local high streets and traditional markets to rejuvenate and revitalise our town centres.

Working predominantly in the public sector Kate is a great advocate of grass roots regeneration and champion for good urban design and creating animated public spaces.



Jenny McLoughlin

Ambassador

Originally from Manchester, Jenny completed a master’s degree in Town and Regional Planning at the University of Sheffield. Since this time she has worked as a Transport Planner in the World Heritage city of Bath, with specialisms that include traffic impact assessment and road design. In her spare time, Jenny enjoys exploring new cities which serves as inspiration for her drawing and painting.



Helen Lindsay

Ambassador

Helen studied Heritage Management at UCLan in her spare time before she had a family. She is passionate about the built environment, the effect it has on people’s lives and the creation of ‘place’. Helen is fascinated by how each individual interprets the need for shelter and thinks it is vital people are involved in how their communities are shaped. She sees the need for more sustainable buildings as a great opportunity for this generation to create a legacy of innovative architecture. Helen is also involved with the construction of a new straw bale visitor centre in my local park, the UK’s first registered Living Building.



Graham Marshall

Ambassador

Graham is an award winning urban designer. As founding Director of Liverpool Vision URC in 1999, he was responsible for the formulation and delivery of the City Centre Regeneration Framework, a comprehensive £3billion 15year Vision. Graham set up MAXIM Urban Design in 2004, acting as a client advisor and enabler delivering challenging urban programmes. Graham has contributed to policy guidance including By Design and the Urban Design Compendium. Graham is a Design Council CABE Built Environment Expert and an accredited Building for Life Assessor; a member of the MADE and Integrate Yorkshire Design Review Panel’s; and Director of the NEDDC Urban Design Academy.



Flora Hodson

Ambassador

Having completed her BA in Architecture at Manchester School of Architecture Flora worked for a year in Manchester, particularly enjoying the conservation and renovation projects. She then flew to New Zealand and spent the past year and a half cycling back to Cumbria. Flora found experiencing the different ways people live across the world, from their homes, communities and built environment, particularly fascinating. Flora works for OMI Architects.



OMI

Eleana Orr

Ambassador

Eleana is from Lancashire and completed her RIBA Part I at The Arts University in Bournemouth. Having worked as a Landscape Designer in Dorset for two years and working part-time for Feria Urbanism as project support, facilitating workshops for neighbourhood planning projects, Eleana is interested in continuing her experience in urban / landscape design and community engagement.



Feria Urbanism

Elaine Cresswell

Ambassador

Elaine is an enthusiastic Chartered Landscape Architect and director of reShaped, with over 15 years experience in the construction industry. She is currently leading the Landscape Institute Sustainability Working Group and an active member of the Landscape Institute Technical Committee and Housing Working Groups.

Over her career, Elaine has purposefully specialised in the creation of well-designed sustainable places that are of importance to people. She believes that sustainable design is less about ‘Eco-bling ‘ and more about making space useable and adding beauty and interest to peoples lives, whilst also sensitively integrating a development with its context and reusing existing resources.



reShaped

Diana Osmolska

Ambassador

Diana is a landscape artist, specialising in creating large scale paintings that invoke and reflect movement, creating action that makes scenes more natural. Diana studying architecture in Manchester to get a different perspective on the surrounding environment and space, and is currently working as an Architectural Assistant in Manchester for Saunders.



Saunders

Darren Smith

Ambassador

Darren is a recently qualified architect. He joined Sheppard Robson in 2015 having studied architecture at the University of Lincoln (Undergraduate) and the University of Liverpool (Post-Graduate) receiving his MArch in 2014. Between his studies he worked in Lincoln for two years as a Part 1 assistant specialising in listed buildings and churches & helped to establish an in-house architecture practice in Liverpool for a property developer. He has particular experience in both the residential & commercial sectors with particular experience in working with listed buildings.

Darren believes that a successful architectural intervention must be the result a thorough site reading drawing on both the physical content and the emotional resonance of the site as well as the exploration of a buildings programme, typology or functions in relation to its users. He says a design should respond with appropriate use of materials, space and light in a way that makes architecture that is truly fit for humanities physical and emotional needs.



Sheppard Robson

Chithra Marsh

Ambassador

Chithra recently joined the AJ100 studio of Buttress as part of their senior management team. She has gained a wealth of experience over the last 25 years in architectural practice. Her track record covers projects in both the private and public sectors, including retail, industrial, residential, office, law and order and conservation.



Buttress

Charlotte Hayden

Ambassador

Charlotte is an Associate in Landscape Planning and Design at TEP. TEP is an award winning consultancy providing multi-disciplinary environmental services to clients in the private, public and voluntary sectors. Established in 1997, TEP provides independent, high quality environmental planning and design advice with a strong emphasis on personal service. TEP has professionals accustomed to working in multi-disciplinary teams identifying practical and sustainable solutions that work well for the place and for the client. TEP believe in the power of teamwork, both in the way they organise ourselves and in the way they work with communities involved with their projects.



TEP

Bob O’Neil

Ambassador

Educated at the Universities of Sheffield and Edinburgh, Bob O’Neil returned to his native Cumbria to set-up practice after spells in Cheshire, Scotland and New York City. A ‘hands-on’ Architect, Bob enjoys the craft of construction and is known to get his hands dirty on site once projects move from theory to reality. Bob regularly lectures and also runs workshops via various educational roles. His practice’s recently completed off-grid sustainable farmhouse renovation project has received extensive media attention whilst also forming part of the Lake District National Park’s ‘Great Design with Special Landscapes’ publication.



O'Neil Associates

Annie Naughton

Ambassador

Annie is currently studying for her part 2 at Liverpool University. She is interested in the social side of architecture and the benefit that the built environment can have for the people that use it and their well-being. Annie enjoys working with all stakeholders and participating in discussion about the built environment. She is also interested in the preservation of architectural heritage, and in creative reuse of existing spaces. Annie has worked in female led practices in Cambridge and Liverpool which have inspired her because of their end-­user/community focused ethos and their drive to succeed in a predominately male led profession.



Liverpool University Student

Ann Vanner

Ambassador

Ann has worked at UCLan since 2009 and is a Senior Lecturer. She works with a range of people, groups and organisations to develop ‘live’ studio projects and hands-on exercises for degree students and encourages the idea of learning through doing, and as a result the course has adopted the tag line of ‘practical creativity’ Ann is research active in building technology, passive design approaches and the pedagogy of architectural education.



UCLan

Andrew Connor

Ambassador

After studying at the Liverpool School of Architecture Andrew recently qualified as an Architect. As part of his training he has several years experience working at practices in the UK and Australia. Andrew has been working at ABW since 2008 on a variety of projects from Higher Education to Private Houses, new build and refurbishment works. We are a design led practice, focusing on reducing energy demands of the buildings we design and giving practical solutions which strive to surpass our clients expectations.



ABW Architects

Ben Prince

Ambassador

Prince Architects was established in 2010 by Ben Prince. Ben is an RIBA chartered architect with over 10 years experience in the industry. He has worked on a wide range of projects in various sectors. He studied at the University of Bath and the University of Liverpool, becoming a registered ARB member in 2006. The practice works mainly on private domestic schemes, but also has some community / civic and commercial projects, and is focussed on good quality, contemporary, sustainable design with the client?s needs at the heart.



Prince Architects

Abigail Patel

Ambassador

Abigail studied at The University of Edinburgh, ESALA (Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture) and graduated in 2016 with an MA(Hons) with architecture degree. Abigail subsequently returned to Harrison Pitt Architects in Cumbria, having already worked with the practice for both summer work experience and her Part 1 placement.

Having attended meetings for her local RIBA society during her Part 1 year out, Abigail stood for election to join the RIBA National Council last year and was officially elected as a Student Representative in September in 2017. This election also coincided with Abigail being co-opted to join the RIBA North West Regional council, as their student representative.

Abi has a keen interest in promoting the status of women in architecture and continues to practice, explore and research this subject area during her current MArch Part 2 studies at the Manchester School of Architecture.



Harrison Pitt Architects

David Grant

Student Ambassador

David is hardworking and enthusiastic. He’s currently enjoying undertaking his BA in Architecture. In his spare time he likes to make advanced origami, pop up books / cards and watch / play football, snooker and swimming. David likes to encourage positive change and he has previously been a young Lord Mayor of Liverpool and debated at the European Parliament and Liverpool Town Hall. David would consider himself a creative person with good leadership qualities.



David Sadik

Student Ambassador

Dave is currently undertaking his March at the University of Liverpool after completing his RIBA Part 1 at the University of Manchester. His year out for Wilde Architects has helped fuel his interest in pre-fabricated housing and solidify his belief that architects have a duty to contribute to social issues such as the demand for social housing and shelter around the world.

Dave enjoys contributing to humanitarian issues through volunteering for St. Marks Universal Charity which seeks to provide health care for North Africa. He is also a fan of the seven seas and is a certified diver!



Bushra Hasan

Student Ambassador

Bushra is currently doing postgraduate degree in Global Urban Development and Planning at the University of Manchester. Her interest in planning has grown since completing a degree in urban regeneration and planning and participating in various planning projects and placements. Bushra believes that it is important to involve local communities in the design and plan of their neighbourhoods as this strengthens a strong sense of place, and through being involved with PLACED she aspires to help young people build their knowledge of place making and urban design.



Connah O’Neill

Student Ambassador

Connah studied Art and Design at the city of Liverpool College and is currently studying Architecture at Liverpool John Moores University. He took part in Capital and Centric’s Regeneration Brainery workshop in 2017 and attended a number of the PLACED programs which strengthened the ambition to become an Architect.



Liverpool John Moores University Student

Malachy Buck

Student Ambassador

Malachy is a young enthusiastic post-grad student currently studying town planning. He is particularly interested in creating sustainable places which people enjoy living and working in. Malachy believes that by empowering those without a voice we can create better places together!



Noor Nahan Majid

Student Ambassador

Architecture, Noor has learnt, is not just all about maths. The impacts of architecture are lasting and encompass every field. Noor want to share this with people, especially the younger generation, that architecture can start from them, if they take the initiative and have the enthusiasm. She would also like to share the idea that architecture can stem from your own interests; some of hers include painting, photography and writing.



Justin Tan Wei Jie

Student Ambassador

Justin is a student from the Manchester School of Architecture, currently doing his Masters in Architecture. Originally from Singapore, Justin is excited to continue his architecture education in UK. As an architect-in-making, Justin hopes to give back knowledge and experience to the society, especially to excite and inspire a new generation of young designers and architects, or to engage the social aspect of architecture with the local community. Furthermore, volunteering would be the ideal way for Justin to meet the locals and know this country and its culture; a privileged enrichment to my overseas study adventure.



Izzi Garvey

Student Ambassador

Currently studying Architectural Design and technology at the University of Salford, Izzi works as a Trainee Architectural Technician for Bellway Homes North West.

Participating in PLACED summer schools in her teenage years, Izzi is eager to help and encourage younger students. Showing her passion for the building design industry, she aims to influence women and younger ladies into the industry.

She enjoys swimming in her free time and is also a keen hockey player for West Derby Hockey 1St team. Izzi is proud to say she is volunteering at the Hockey World Cup 2018.



Thomas Lord

Student Ambassador

Having recently graduated with a degree in geography, Thomas’ life in the ‘planning world’ is in its infancy… but he is really excited to get out there and hear people’s inspiring perspectives on the future of the built environment. Thomas is always keen to talk and learn as much as he can!



Timothy Wu

Student Ambassador

Tim is a student at Manchester School of Architecture. He is most interested in issues surrounding urbanism and participatory architecture, especially in terms of the relationship between people and places.

Outside his studies, Tim is often found exploring and photographing the built environment.



Shadath Chowdhury

Student Ambassador

Shadath is currently an undergraduate student at the Manchester school of Architecture. His hobbies include, drawing, painting and sports such as tennis and table tennis. He enjoys working with younger students to help them achieve their goals. As an architecture student, Shadath believes that the support available for schools on architecture is insufficient, so he joined PLACED to inspire the younger generation to become future architects and give them an awareness of what the subject is.



Maha Komber

Student Ambassador

After completing her BSc at the University of Bath, and Part 1 Architectural Assistant jobs in the UK and Egypt, Maha is about to finish her Masters in Architecture at the University of Sheffield this summer. She gets ridiculously excited about all kinds of architecture and has been volunteering for PLACED for over four years at secondary school workshops, public participation events and Ed the Campervan events. Maha is very excited about the work PLACED is doing and wishes it had been happening when she was at school. In her spare time Maha loves to read and attempt to knit.



Elizabeth Bundred Woodward

Student Ambassador

Lizzie comes from Liverpool and is currently studying urban design and planning management at UCL. She enjoys the opportunity to work as part of a team on practical projects and field trips to experience the best and worst of urban development in London. Lizzie helped out on a small project in Uganda and would ideally like to work for a NGO after qualifying. She also enjoys art, contemporary dance and music.



Lizeth Echavarria Florez

Student Ambassador

Lizeth is confident, flexible, dynamic and creative. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Architecture in Columbia, where she also worked as an Architectural Assistant. In this role she gained organisational skills and the ability to manage several projects at the same time. In her free time, Lizeth enjoys sketching, painting and more recently sculpting with clay.



Katie Rhodes

Student Ambassador

Katie is from Lytham, living two minutes from the beach which she loves. She is studying architecture at Newcastle and has enjoyed the past two years, especially now she is living in Jesmond which is full of students.

Katie wants to complete my architecture degree, and is focusing on getting as much architectural experience as possible at various practices and also writing her dissertation in which she is focussing on architecture helping the elderly generation and, in particular, people with dementia.



Newcastle Architecture Student

Jennifer Shields

Student Ambassador

Jennifer is an architecture student with a wide variety of subject interests. One of the main things she loves about architecture is the ability to unite the arts and science. The power of design is that our imaginations create endless possibilities and by working together, providing support and knowledge, these ideas can become reality; changing people’s lives. Jennifer is working with PLACED to develop her skills whilst aiding others and growing as a community.



James Taylor

Student Ambassador

Growing up in Liverpool, James has developed a personal connection not only with the city, but with the history, architecture and culture that shapes it today. Participating in one of the PLACED Summer Schools in his teenage years, James thinks it’s important to share the experiences he once had with other interested young people who are in the same boat he once used to be in.

James is currently studying his Part 1 Architecture at Liverpool John Moores University, and tries to apply his keen attitude and knowledge of Liverpool to his work and to others around him.



Liverpool John Moores University Student

Georgina Southwell

Student Ambassador

Georgina is in her third year studying MPlan Town and Regional Planning at the University of Liverpool, with a particular interest in how regeneration can be facilitated through urban and architectural design. She has also worked full-time for six months at a house building form, gaining experience in purchasing and quantity surveying, with this role growing her interest in property development and design.

Outside of academia, Georgina is President of the University of Liverpool Baking Society, who host various events and baking-related fundraisers, involving people of diverse ages and backgrounds, and collaborations with other societies.



University of Liverpool Student
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