I am a placemaking specialist and member of the international Placemaking Leadership Council, the RSA and The Academy of Urbanism, and have worked across the globe on placemaking frameworks, and projects from masterplanning to the grassroots. I take participative, collaborative and and co-produced approaches to placemaking projects and have developed a specialism in social practice placemaking, a co-produced practice informed by social practice arts and that works with the community as the experts-in-place.
Social practice placemaking uses collaborative techniques and processes as a tactic in not only improving the built environment but in strengthening communities, going beyond public consultation to embedding the community in the project from the start as equal stakeholders, co-designers and co-producers. It uses creative means to elicit the community’s needs and wants of a place and works with them to realise that aspiration, whether this be as an experience through events or the creation of artefacts for example.
This activity is underpinned by a built environment education specialism, having a background in this sector and having worked with Architecture Centre Network and its members nationwide; UK local and national government including DCMS, DCLG, and DfE; and educational and architectural organisations such as STEMNET, LOCOG, RIBA and the V&A.