MAG comprises a Chair and eight Members with diverse experience and expertise in the field of architecture and the built environment; the Group is supported by a panel of Expert Advisors and a secretariat within the Department for Communities.

Chair

Andrew Haley

Specialising in Landscape Architecture; Urban Design; and Regeneration.

Andrew Haley is Chair of the Ministerial Advisory Group (MAG), Director with The Paul Hogarth Company and Built Environment Expert with the Design Council. He contributes his placemaking skills in neighbourhoods, towns, cities and rural locations, having been responsible for award-winning Landscape Architecture, Urban Design and Regeneration projects across the UK, Ireland and internationally. These have included Hillsborough Castle, Connswater Community Greenway and the Wild Atlantic Way. His projects put people and the environment at their heart.

Andrew leads MAG’s work in Northern Ireland, as well as representing it and sharing knowledge with UK counterparts and internationally.

Members

Roisin Donnelly

Roisin specialises in Historic Building Conservation, becoming an RIBA Accredited Specialist Conservation Architect in 2011. She is a former SPAB Scholar and has served on the Ulster Architectural Heritage and the RSUA Conservation Committees. Her expertise includes restoration and re-use of historic buildings as well as development proposals for significant or sensitive locations. An experienced designer of several award-winning projects, she also has experience in the preparation of Building and Condition Studies, Options Appraisals and Feasibility Studies, examining all aspects of a place in the context of sustainable development, including management of significant built and natural environments, commercial and funding opportunities, dealing with a wide range of potential funders & stakeholders.

As secretary of a local Regeneration Forum she contributes to its management, governance and strategic direction and has been actively involved in liaising with the local council and elected representatives on proposals for a new greenway, as well as addressing sustainable transport and roads safety issues in the South Castlereagh area.

 

Lara Kinneir

Lara is a designer working across the public, private, academic and the third sector, campaigning and delivering projects that demonstrate how the built environment connects to people’s quality of life. She leads the Cities programme at The London School of Architecture, co-founded Collaborative Change, coordinates research on urban governance with UH Habitat UNI and is establishing a new model for delivering urban change that is participatory, effective and responsive to urgent needs today and in the future.

 

 

Trained in architecture, she has previously worked on major masterplanning projects in the UK and globally, built timber framed housing in Europe and contributed to design policy and design review initiatives within the public and private sector.

 

Julian Manev

Julian is an architectural assistant working at Hall McKnight Architects. He moved to London in 2014 to help set up Hall McKnight's London office, where he spent four years before returning to Belfast in October 2018. Through his work at the practice he has been involved in a range of projects; from the masterplan for Colin Town Centre in West Belfast, through a large-scale residential development at Greenwich Peninsula, to the ongoing development and refurbishment of King's College London's founding Strand Campus in Westminster. He has a passion for drawing and education, winning the Sir Charles Lanyon Memorial Prize for Drawing and the Alexander 'Greek' Thomson Triennial Scholarship. He has been a member of the Royal Institute of British Architect’s Validation Boards panel since 2013 and teaches drawing and technical skills at Queen's University Belfast.

 

Michael McGarry

Michael McGarry, born Dublin, educated at the School of Architecture UCD Dublin and UVa Virginia, worked in London for the Richard Rogers Partnership, and then in Germany and West Berlin as both architect and urban designer for Josef Paul Kleihues and International Building Exhibition Berlin. In practice with Siobhán Ní Éanaigh as McGarry Ní Éanaigh Architects, a Fellow of the RIAI, a founder member Group 91 Architects, Urban Projects, Dublin Central Architects, RTPI Gold Medal, RIAI Silver Medal for Housing, RIAI Annual Awards, AAI Annual Awards, CCCB European Prize for Urban Public Space, and the Union of International Architects Medal for Inclusive Spaces. Adjunct Professor of Architecture RMIT Melbourne 2014/18, Professor of Architecture at Queen's University Belfast focused on design and design practice research; external examiner and reviewer in the UK, Ireland, Australia, Belgium, Netherlands, and Japan.

 

Gerry Millar

Gerry has been a member of MAG since July 2019 when he had retired from fulltime employment.

Gerry Millar was formerly Belfast City Council’s Director of Property and Projects who led on the delivery of the Physical Investment Programme which is a city-wide multi million commitment to making Belfast a better place to live, work, visit and invest. The programme, which encompasses around 350 projects, is supported by all political parties and includes major schemes to boost the economy, create jobs and improve quality of life in our neighbourhoods. Gerry was previously the Director of Improvement in Belfast City Council with a remit to push forward improvements to the Council overall and in preparation for potential changes brought about by the Review of Public Administration. Gerry’s previous positions included the Head of Urban Development and during his time with the Council Mr Millar has also gained experience in Building Control, CCT, Change Management. Gerry is a chartered surveyor by profession.

 

Clare Mulholland

Clare Mulholland is a qualified Architect and Lecturer in Architecture at Queen's University Belfast.  Her practice experience includes education, conservation, community, residential, and commercial sector work.  As a lecturer in QUB she is involved with Architecture and Built Environment research which focuses on city planning and architecture of divided societies.  Alongside this she manages an academia to industry programme aimed to link current research to architectural practice in N.I.   Clare is also QUB representative on the Royal Society of Ulster Architects Council.

 

Sam Tyler

Sam began practice in London at Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios in 2001 after completing his Masters’ degree in architecture at Yale University. His diverse background ranges from undergraduate study in European History and Classics to working as a joiner prior to formally studying architecture.  While in London, Sam worked on a broad range of award winning projects including large scale mixed use regeneration schemes, student housing, museums, secondary and third level education buildings and masterplanning.  His specialisms are in urban regeneration, masterplanning, mixed tenure housing and higher education.  

Relocating to Belfast in 2011, Sam established the Belfast office to deliver Ulster University’s £250m Belfast City Campus. He now leads on a range of projects including higher education, office, masterplanning and residential schemes across the island of Ireland and Scotland.

 

Nicola Waddington

Nicola is a chartered architect and a partner in Waddington McClure Architects. She has a wide breadth of experience in design, master planning and urban regeneration. After studying at the Mackintosh School of Architecture, Nicola worked in award winning practices in Glasgow, London and Belfast.

Nicola has many years’ experience in a broad range of sectors including urban design and complex multi-use projects. She was Design Manager for Canary Wharf Group, overseeing the successful Heron Quays development from its inception to completion.

Nicola believes that by working together on strategic design we will inform and deliver better places for everyone. Nicola is a past Honorary Secretary of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects and assessor at Queens University Belfast.

She currently sits on the RSUA Design Quality Panel which supports and advocates quality in architecture.

 

Expert Advisors

Andrew Abraham

Andrew is an Architect who for the last 5 years has worked for Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios in their Belfast and London offices. Andrew has been involved in a number of projects of ranging scales including Belfast’s Inner North West Masterplan, the University of Edinburgh’s School of Biological Sciences and most recently a major grade A office development in Belfast City Centre.

His work has involved active engagement with key stakeholders and has a strong in the promotion of good design values. Andrew’s primary interest is in research and innovation through design and he is a prominent member of FCBS’ research and Innovation group. Through this Andrew has conducted a number of research projects exploring living in cities with a particular focus on Belfast and quality of housing.

He has written a number of published articles, notably ‘Peace by Peace’ – an exploration of memory and reimaging contested space within Belfast. This piece was presented to the Royal Irish Academy, published in several journals and received an award from the Irish Walled Towns Network. Through his work and research, Andrew has seen a number of high profile projects through the planning process, most recently a mixed office development in the heart of Belfast and Belfast’s first build to rent scheme.

Andrew is currently working on a research piece through his work with MAG in assessing qualities of residential space.

 

Arthur Acheson

Arthur is a registered architect and chartered town planner with experience in architectural education and professional practice. Arthur was the founder chair of Belfast Civic Trust and the initiator of the Architectural Aid service in Northern Ireland with the Royal Society of Ulster Architects and Citizens Advice Bureau. Arthur chairs Ligoniel Community Enterprises and Ligoniel Village Neighbourhood Partnership which was established under the Neighbourhood Renewal Strategy of the Department for Communities. He is an Academician of the Academy of Urbanism and a Design Council Built Environment Expert (BEE). Arthur's principal interest is the positive involvement of individuals and groups in their local places. As chair of the Ministerial Advisory Group from 2010 to 2016 he led the team which produced the on-line Creative Consultation Toolkit and introduced Civic Stewardship to Northern Ireland's Strategic Planning Policy and supplementary planning guidance.

 

Jason Bolton

Jason is a conservation scientist and archaeologist, specialising in the conservation of historic buildings and archaeological monuments. He began his career as a maritime archaeologist before moving into the field of architectural conservation. Jason was educated in TCD, TUDublin and UCD in Ireland, with additional specialist training in architectural conservation in Venice, Athens, Lisbon, Thessaloniki and Vienna. He has lectured in conservation in TCD, UCD and for the RSUA and has published a range of books and papers on conservation since 1997.  Jason is also a non-executive board member of the Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland, and a member of the Historic Monuments Council.

 

Patrice Cairns

Specialising in Built Environment Policy and Research, Sustainability and Climate Change, Developing Strategies and Building Partnerships/Campaigns

After completing her Masters’ degree in Structural Engineering with Architecture at Queens University Belfast, Dr Cairns undertook a Doctoral degree which focused on researching the impacts of climatic changes on backfilled deep building foundations. Dr Cairns has held civil engineering lecturing posts in universities both within Northern Ireland and Scotland, enhancing sustainability within the taught courses and publishing research in leading engineering journals.  She previously managed Climate Northern Ireland, raising awareness of climate change risks and impacts, and leading cross-sector stakeholder engagement and consultation into the first NI Climate Change Adaptation Programme. Dr Cairns is currently the UK policy and public affairs lead for Climate Change and Construction within the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), a professional and standards setting regulatory body across the built and natural environment, and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR). Dr Cairns was a Member of MAG from 2014-2019. She has declared no political activity within the last five years and holds no other public appointments.

 

Gordon Clarke

Gordon is a Landscape Architect, with over 33 years’ experience in private practice, specializing in urban regeneration, planning of new and restoration of existing public parks, and tourism developments. During this time, he and his design team won a number of international competitions, including the refurbishment of Sauchiehall Street in Glasgow.

Over the last 6 years, he changed careers and became the National Director of Sustrans, for Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland. There he led teams specializing in behavioural change programmes with schools, workplaces, and communities, and was involved in walking and cycling infra-structure planning. He has a particular interest in Greenway development, advising both central and local Government and has presented at recent European Greenway Association Conferences in Belgium and Spain.

He has recently been appointed to the DfI Minister’s Walking and Cycling Advisory Group.

 

Justine Daly

Justine Daly is an urban designer and physical regeneration specialist in the Asset Management Unit at The Strategic Investment Board.  She is a Recognised Practitioner of the Urban Design Group and a qualified architect with extensive experience of leading multi-disciplinary teams and creative and traditional engagement; preparing masterplans, regeneration strategies, site capacity exercises and development briefs; in addition to providing design advice and negotiations for private, semi-public and public sector clients.

She brings to the MAG an appreciation of the complexities of delivering long term regeneration; urban design skills from rigorous analysis to proposals; and engagement techniques with communities, stakeholders and leaders.  She brings an understanding of community based approaches as well as the commercial realities and technical practicalities of delivery.

 

Eoin Farrell

Eoin Farrell is a Senior Land Use & Transport Planner working for the National Transport Authority (NTA) in Dublin. Eoin has worked on a range of plans and projects at European, National and Local level, notably the transport strategies for Dublin and Galway cities, and the BusConnects Dublin project. Eoin has guest lectured in land use and transportation planning at Trinity College, Dublin, and is a Chartered Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute.

 

John FitzGerald

John Dickson FitzGerald is Managing Director of Dickson FitzGerald Architects, a design based architectural practice with offices in Belfast and Donegal. Educated at Queens University Belfast John has over 30 years post registration experience and before setting up his own practice in 2012 has worked in award winning practices in London, Edinburgh and Dublin. In 2002 he gained a postgraduate certificate from the University of Ulster in Architectural Conservation. He has developed specialisms in master planning, residential design, commercial and leisure/culture as well as collaborations and consultations with local authorities and councils in Scotland and Ireland both North and South. John has contributed to a number of publications including 'a gendered profession' for the RIBA and 'Beyond the shadow space' for the Journal of Architecture. In 2018 he was voted onto the RSUA Quality Design panel.

 

Tara Florence

Tara Florence is originally from Canada but has made her home in Belfast for 20 years where she currently practises as a chartered architect for Hamilton Architects.  Throughout her career she has been an activist for design quality in architecture and the urban environment through her work with PLACE, FAB and as a previous council member of the RSUA.  As well as taught part time for a number of years at the University of Ulster in planning and urban design, she brings with her an experience of working with community groups, councils, private clients in regeneration projects, conservation projects, urban design and placemaking.

 

Feargal Harron

Feargal Harron is a Partner and Chartered Architect at Kennedy Fitzgerald Architects. He has worked on a wide range of commercial, healthcare, ecclesiastical, residential and mixed use projects for both public and private sector clients. A number of these projects have received awards from the RIBA, RSUA, RICS and Civic Trust. Feargal was the Project Architect for the award-winning Strule Arts Centre and Redevelopment Project in Omagh, and is currently involved in association with Avanti Architects from London on a number of healthcare schemes such as the Phase B Redevelopment of the Ulster Hospital in Dundonald, Belfast.

 

James Hennessey

James Hennessey is a qualified Urban Designer and Chartered Landscape Architect. In his position as Director for The Paul Hogarth Company, James is heavily engaged in strategic masterplanning, regeneration and public realm projects across Northern Ireland and further afield. Combined with his skills and interest in community consultation and participation, this has led to a number of award winning projects in recent years. James is also an active academic with Queens University, studying part time for a PhD in Spatial Typologies and Toponymies and tutoring in postgraduate Urban Design.

 

Alan Jones

Alan Jones is a chartered architect, educated at Queen’s University, having worked in London for over ten years with Michael Hopkins & Partners and David Morley Architects before returning home to teach and to begin his own practice. He is a Fellow of the RIBA, Honorary Fellow of the RIAS, past president of the RSUA and is RIBA President 2019-21.  He has worked on seven projects that received RIBA awards, two shortlisted for the Stirling Prize and two receiving RSUA Awards.  Alan has been a guest assessor on numerous design awards juries, provides expert opinion on design and his work is published widely.  Alan is a Professor of Practice & Education and jointly ran Architecture at Queen’s 2008-16.

 

Philip Jones

Phil is an engineer with extensive experience in the planning and design of transport infrastructure. He specialises in achieving synergy between street and urban design, with the aim of creating places/spaces that meet aesthetic, social and functional aims. Phil is Chairman of PJA, an 80-strong firm which conducts transport, engineering and placemaking work. He was part of the team that produced Manual for Streets and was a lead writer on Manual for Streets 2. He is a member of several design review panels including Highways England, Design West, Transport for London, and Design South East. In the last few years Phil has focused on active travel and in 2019 was appointed by Welsh Government to chair a working group advising on setting a default 20mph speed limit for urban areas in Wales. He recently led the drafting of updated DfT guidance on cycling infrastructure and has been working with DfT and campaign groups on changes to the Highway Code.

 

Gregory Keeffe

Greg Keeffe is Professor of Architecture and Urbanism at Queens University, and Head of the School of Natural and Built Environment.  Greg is an award-winning urban designer, who works closely with architects to develop exciting ways of re-invigorating the city through innovative cultural, technological and sustainable interventions, which create not only ecological solutions, but offer new social and economic futures. He was until 2012 Head of School at Leeds School of Architecture, and previously Head of Design at Manchester School of Architecture.  He holds visiting posts at TU Delft, Keio University Japan, ORT Uruguay and in 2013 and 2015, he was awarded the Strauch Visiting Professorship in Architecture at Cornell University.  His current research includes CityZEN - an EU-funded project aiming to adapt neighbourhoods to be zero energy and M-NEX a multi-national project funded by the Belmont Forum which aims to develop design-led solutions to make cities more productive in terms of food and energy.  The project is developing living labs in Sydney, Tokyo, Qatar, Amsterdam, Detroit and Belfast.

 

Trevor Leaker

An Architect by profession, Trevor has been in private practice in Belfast for over 25 years and is the author of many published and award-winning buildings.

He is a Director with AECOM, where he is the Managing Director for its UK&I Design Disciplines, including: Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Workplace Consultancy, Interior Design, Visualisation, Master-planning, Specification Consulting, Town Planning and Economic Development.

Additionally, he is AECOM’s Regional Leader in Northern Ireland for all consultancies that it provides as a team of 120 staff under the heading of Buildings and Places.

He is a Past President of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects and is currently a member of its Council.

 

Emma Lynn

As an architect and urban designer, Emma’s interest is in the spaces between buildings - the streets, squares and thresholds where life takes place. She has worked in Copenhagen, London and Dublin. Her experience covers masterplanning, residential design, a historic museum refurbishment and urban design. She has worked on and led high density masterplan schemes including the award winning, £118m Agar Grove neighbourhood in London. Which is the largest Passivhaus development in the UK and has been showcased by the UK Government as a best practice scheme in estate regeneration.

In Copenhagen she diversified to work on urban design projects. She worked on the detailed design of the public realm for a new design district in London and the revitalisation of public spaces at Potsdamer Platz in Berlin.

 

Dermot MacRandal

I have worked in the private sector in both large and small general architectural practice, developing an increasing interest in working with historic buildings

I set up a small architectural practice specialising in Conservation work in 1997 and worked on a number of challenging projects including the restoration and conservation of two tower houses as private residences.

In 2005 I moved to the Public Sector into what is now the Historic Environment Division of the Department for Communities. I have worked in almost all the principal branches of the division, New listings, Grant work, Planning control for Listed Buildings and Conservation areas, Technical Advisory publications and running the direct Labour organisation of craftsperson’s who maintain the 190 Monuments in State Care.

I am now the Senior Architect in the Major Projects team looking after State Care Monuments. I am currently engaged in major works to Carrickfergus Castle (a new oak roof), Dundrum Castle and Dunluce Castle.

I am a committee member of the Building Limes Forum Ireland and the RSUA Editorial Committee for Perspective Magazine.

 

Ciaran Mackel

Ciarán Mackel is Director of ARdMackel Architects, Associate Senior Lecturer at Belfast School of Architecture at Ulster University, and provides specialist advice on Architecture and the Built Environment to the Ministerial Advisory Group in the Department for Communities. He is chair of the Gaeltacht Quarter board and a board member of the maze Long Kesh Development Corporation.

 

Graham Marshall

Graham studied landscape architecture and urban design with an aspiration to spend a lifetime changing and improving places.  Through the 1990’s, he worked with leading London practices on the emerging urban design agenda and national policy development and in 1999 was a founding director of the governments Urban Regeneration Company, Liverpool Vision.  Graham established the Prosocial Place Programme in 2012 with colleagues at the University of Liverpool where he is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the Institute of Population Health Sciences.  His work is widely published.  Graham has contributed to several regional Design Review Panels, sat on the steering group for the NHS Healthy New Towns programme, is currently a Built Environment Expert with Design Council CABE and Expert Advisor to the High Streets Task Force.

 

Barry McCarron

Barry McCarron is the Senior Business development officer for South West College InnoTech Centre. A key part of this role includes the reasonability for the award winning certified Passive House CREST (Centre for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technologies) Pavilion at South West College in Northern Ireland. He is also the current Chairperson of the Passive house association of Ireland (PHAI).

Barry is currently completing a PhD in Queen’s University Belfast investigating the passive house building standards influence on indoor radon concentrations. He has more than fifteen years’ experience in the construction industry specialising in sustainable construction and renewable energy. Barry is a key part of the team at South West College working towards developing the College into a Regional Centre of Excellence for Passive House of training in both the Designer and Tradesperson courses. Barry was appointed as an Expert Advisor to Ministerial Advisory Group for Architecture and the Built Environment (MAG) in June 2019.

 

Terence McCaw BA; B.Arch (N’cle); EWI; RIAI; RIBA

Terence McCaw is a chartered architect, expert witness and planning consultant, with experience in the fields of planning, regeneration, urban design, housing, health and commercial development. He was appointed in 2000 as a Planning Appeals Commissioner and dealt with over 300 appeals and presided over the Belfast Metropolitan Plan Inquiry. Terence has his own private practice established in 1984 and is a strong believer in the broad philosophy of place making and the quality of architectural design.

 

Sharon McClements

Sharon McClements PhD. MRICS SFHEA, PGCHEP, BSc Hons is a chartered quantity surveyor, Senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy and non-executive board member of the RICS Northern Ireland. She lectures at Ulster University in a range of Built Environment programmes and supervisors PhD researchers in areas of infrastructure and BIM. She has presented her research at international conferences and has secured funding grants for her research and consultancy. Sharon won the Herbert Walton Excellence Award, from APM, for her PhD thesis. Sharon is also an Expert Author on the Infrastructure Framework and Risks for RICS. Sharon’s external appointments including, External Examiner, PhD examiner, external panel member for programme validations, academic reviewer for RICS and international academic journals. Sharon also chairs APC panels for both quantity surveying and project management pathways.

 

Colin McCrossan

Colin qualified as an architect in 1990 and worked for the first part of his career as a project architect, both in private and public sector (education). Further to this he worked as the (client side) Project Director for a number of high value, complex public sector projects, moving to the Strategic Investment Board in 2008. From 2013, his role has developed in to one which advises public sector organisations on the strategic planning of their estates in the context of what they do currently and what they would like to change going forward. This has emphasised the importance and relevance of how ‘places’ are ‘shaped’ locally, as a basis for such planning.

 

Aidan McGrath RIBA

Born and educated in Belfast. Architectural education at Queen’s University Belfast (1974-81). Early architectural career in McCusker, Power and Leeson followed by Tangent Design Associates.

1990, a founding director of Twenty-two Over Seven Architects. 2012, established McGonigleMcGrath along with Kieran McGonigle. Both small design-centric practices received numerous design awards including 12 RIBA. Awards and diverse RSUA Design Awards together with 2 Liam McCormick Awards.

Judge in a number of major architectural competitions including The Giants Causeway Visitor Centre.

Member of RIBA Accreditation Visiting Boards. Member of the RSUA Design Review Panel. External Examiner in Architecture at the University of Ulster. Member of the Editorial Committee of the the RSUA Magazine “Perspective” and occasional contributor to it and other architectural magazines.

 

Garreth McMahon

Garreth is a co-founder and director of MMAS, an architecture and urban / rural design practice, based in Belfast. He is responsible for the creative direction and management of the practice, which has recently been recognised as a RIBA ‘Practice Role Model’. Since graduating from University of Dundee in 2002, he has been involved on a number of award winning projects, recognised both locally and nationally and has worked as a design tutor and guest critic at Belfast School of Architecture at Ulster University. Client and community focused, he aspires to make buildings, spaces and places that are contextually sensitive and socially conscious, with the ultimate ambition to contribute to a higher standard of built environment within our own regional urban and rural surroundings.

 

Nikki McVeigh

Nikki graduated with a first class honours degree, and a Masters in Architecture from Edinburgh University. Nikki also holds a Masters with distinction in Heritage Science Queen’s University, Belfast and an Advanced Diploma in Management Practice with distinction from Ulster University. Through postgraduate studies, Nikki has conducted research into psychology, architecture and the archetype and legislation for the protection of listed buildings in Northern Ireland. Nikki has worked with Groves-Raines Architects, Edinburgh, in practice. Nikki has also worked in the community voluntary sector in capital and community project management, education and interpretation with National Trust and as Interpretation Manager with the Department of Environment, now Department for Communities. Nikki has been Chief Executive of Ulster Architectural Heritage since 2014.

 

Marianne O'Kane Boal

Marianne O’Kane Boal is a well-known curator and writer on art and architecture. She has written extensively on these subjects over the past 20 years.  She writes for the Irish Arts Review, Circa, Perspective, Living Design, Visual Artists Newsletter and Architecture Ireland. She served as a Director on the board of the Context Galleries, Derry for seven years and has been on the Editorial Committee of Perspective since 2003. She is former Visual Arts Officer for the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and has worked for the Office of Public Works in Dublin. O’Kane Boal is currently working as a postgraduate researcher at IT Sligo on her PhD in Social Research. She is a member of AICA (International Association of Art Critics) and Expert Advisor on Art for the Ministerial Advisory Group on Architecture and the Built Environment.

 

James O'Neill

Dr James O’Neill is the Managing Director of Corvus, a consultancy he founded in 2001 specialising in environmental planning issues throughout the UK & Ireland. In 2012, he was elected by invitation as an Eminent Member and Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. James is accepted by Natural England, NIEA, SNH and the NPWS as a qualified expert on a range of environmental matters. He regularly provides EIA and HRA review services for major projects and is recognised for his expert witness and public inquiry skills.

 

Richard Partington

Richard is co-founder and director of Studio Partington, a multi-disciplinary practice working in housing, urbanism and regeneration. Richard has expertise in low-energy design through research projects, urban planning and architecture.

Recent work includes the widely-published Derwenthorpe project in York for the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust; a headquarters and housing centre for newly formed Greenfields Community Housing; and a series of best practice guides for the NHBC Foundation.

Richard is a long-standing member of the London Borough of Newham Design Review Panel. He has been a visiting teacher at Cambridge University, UCL and University of Wales, Cardiff and has written articles for RIBA, CIBSE and Architect's Journals.

 

Gary Potter

Gary trained as a town planner and now works in urban regeneration in Belfast. Gary previously worked for NI’s Architecture and Built Environment Centre to deliver planning and urban design projects. He later worked to deliver social housing and has been involved with housing policy development. He established FutureBelfast.com in 2006 as an independent resource to document changes to Belfast’s built environment.

 

Paul Reynolds

Paul is co-founder of London-based Urban Planning and Design practice Urben, where he leads the company’s portfolio of urban design and landscape architecture projects.   Before establishing Urben, he worked for 15 years at the global multidisciplinary practice Atkins, latterly leading the 15-strong Urban Design & Landscape team in their London office. Paul’s varied experience includes working with local authorities, central government and private developers on producing people-orientated masterplans for large and complex sites, particularly where the opportunity exists to utilise infrastructure delivery as a facilitator for urban regeneration.  Paul is a recognised expert in transit-orientated development, and has been involved in the feasibility and design of schemes in the UK and Internationally.

 

Austin Smyth PhD

Austin Smyth, Professor Emeritus of Transport, is a transport planner and economist by training. He has held Professorships at four UK Universities, most recently as Director of the Centre for Sustainable Communities at the University of Hertfordshire. His academic experience also encompasses urban planning and architecture. He is an Academician Member of the Academy of Urbanism. Professor Smyth has interests in architecture and its relationship to the development of cities. His professional experience includes appointment by the UK Government as Examining Inspector, the Planning Inspectorate (England & Wales)/ Commissioner to the UK Infrastructure Planning Commission focusing on Strategic Infrastructure in England and Wales, as well as adviser to the UK Government and Devolved Administrations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Professor Smyth has more than thirty five years’ experience in transport planning and operations, research and consultancy in the UK, USA, The Middle East, Russia and Ireland. He has undertaken commissions from The European Commission, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)/European Conference of Ministers of Transport (ECMT).

 

Emily Smyth

Emily Smyth is a chartered landscape architect, also trained in architecture, planning, art and design, and education.  Emily is a member of the Council for Nature Conservation and the Countryside, and SEUPB Peace IV Steering and Monitoring Committees.  Previously Course Director for Landscape Architecture, and lecturer in architecture, at Ulster University, Emily has been Chair of the Landscape Institute in Northern Ireland, and was a founding member of the Ministerial Advisory Group for Architecture & the Built Environment in Northern Ireland (MAG).  As a practising landscape architect, Emily has undertaken extensive built and natural regeneration, development and assessment projects within and beyond Northern Ireland.  With her robust multidisciplinary background and a dedication to the landscape, people and environment of the island of Ireland, Emily has skills and experience in landscape architecture, education, sustainability, ecosystem services and resilience.

 

Ken Sterrett

Dr Ken Sterrett was a Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Urban Planning & Design at Queen’s University for over 20 years. He previously worked in professional practice as a senior planner and was an advisor to the Belfast Action Teams on a number of peace-line projects. Ken was a member of the Wales Spatial Plan Management Board and also acted as an advisor to the Northern Ireland Assembly’s Environment Committee. He was a founder Director and Chair of the Forum for an Alternative Belfast, now City Reparo. Along with Prof. Frank Gaffikin, Ken was a co-investigator at Queen’s on a number of major EU funded action-research projects which focused on contested urban spaces and the potential for spatial reconciliations. Ken is also on the management boards of Donegall Pass Community Enterprises and Save the Cathedral Quarter campaign group.

 

Rachel Tracey

Rachel Tracey is an historical archaeologist.

She received her PhD in archaeology from Queen's University Belfast in 2017. Her research focuses on material culture, town-building and cultural identity in early-modern Ireland and their continued legacies, challenging contested narratives of the past for the betterment of social relations in the present and of sharing heritage. She additionally holds an MA in the Archaeology of Buildings from the University of York. She is an elected committee member of the Group for the Study of Irish Historic Settlement and the Irish Post-Medieval Archaeology Group.

She is currently based in the School of Natural and Built Environment at Queen's University Belfast, working in contested heritage/commemoration, community engagement and research impact.

 

Angus Waddington

Angus Waddington is a chartered architect and partner at Waddington-McClure Architects with expertise in architecture, master-planning and environmentally responsible design.    Angus has designed and delivered prestigious projects throughout the UK and Ireland and was lead architect in the delivery of Titanic Belfast.

Angus has a keen interest in good urban design and master-planning, and with particular experience in third level education has developed plans across a number of campuses.

In Belfast Angus designed Queens’ School of Law, and the School of Art and Design for Ulster University, both complex projects which have been recognised by the RIBA and RIAI for their contribution to design and sustainability.

Angus’ interest in art and the public realm has led to a number of collaborative projects with artists.  Angus enjoys working with young people, promoting an awareness of architecture and sustainable design and has been an external assessor at Queen’s University and Ulster University.

 

Patrick Wheeler

Patrick Wheeler is a founding Director of Arigho Larmour Wheeler Architects, a cross border practice with studios in Belfast and Dublin.  Patrick has extensive expertise in the design of office, commercial and public developments as well as one-off houses and refurbishments. He was on the Jury for the Concrete Awards in 2018, teaches in the Masters of Architecture studio at QUB and been guest critic for the Umeå School of Architecture, Umeå University, Sweden.

 

David Worthington

David Worthington is a graduate of Queens University Belfast, a Chartered Town Planner and is a director of Pragma Planning. He has had a long involvement with the RTPI's Policy Practice and Research Committee, which co-ordinates the Institute's policy preparation and unique research functions.  In practice David has a wide experience of complex building and urban master planning projects.  In particular he has provided advice on sustainable urbanism, developing master plans for planned urban extensions and leading design teams on some of the most important and sensitive sites in Northern Ireland.

 

Alexander Wright BSc(Hons) Dip Arch MDesS FHEA ARB

Professor Alex Wright is Head of Architecture at the University of Bath. He is a graduate of the University of Bath, Cambridge University, and Harvard University, where he studied as a Harkness Fellow.  He worked in private practice for 15 years before accepting a full-time academic position in 2005.  Alex chaired the Architecture Advisory Group for the Quality Assurance Agency (2018-20), is a former Board member of the Architects’ Registration Board (2012-18) and a non-executive director of Aequus Ltd.  He is Chair of the South Gloucestershire Design Review Panel for Design West, Chair of the Swindon Design Review Panel and other review panels for Creating Excellence.

 

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