OPDC Place Review Group

To help fulfil OPDC's aspirations to deliver development at a scale that is significant for both the London and the UK economy, we established a Place Review Group in 2015. This group has provided ‘critical friend’ advice to the OPDC as the planning policy framework and implementation plan for Old Oak and Park Royal have been taken forward.

The OPDC Place Review Group brings together leading professionals, working at the highest level in their fields and is made up of 22 panel members, including the Chair.

Place Review Group Membership

The Place Review Group brings together leading practitioners across those disciplines particularly relevant to development and delivery of a new district, including:

  • engineering and transport infrastructure
  • residential architecture
  • landscape architecture and public realm design
  • sustainability
  • town planning
  • urban design and masterplanning

For each review, members will be selected from among the people listed below, according to the requirements of the project being reviewed. Additional information about the Group’s Membership, composition, remit and types of reviews that members will consider can be found in the OPDC Place Review Group Terms of Reference.


Prof. Peter Bishop
Professor of Urban Design, UCL and Director, Allies and Morrison

Peter Bishop held senior planning roles in central London boroughs for 25 years, working on major projects such as the King’s Cross railway land developments. He was the first Director of Design for London, and Deputy Chief Executive at the London Development Agency where he worked on the London Olympics legacy plans. In 2011 he was commissioned by the government to review national architecture and design policy, published as the 'Bishop Review'. Peter lectures and teaches extensively, is a visiting professor at the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment at Nottingham Trent University, and an adviser to the city of Zhuai.


Panel Members

Prof. David Bonnett Director, David Bonnett Associates

David Bonnett is an architect and leading figure in design for people with disabilities, and has worked on many significant projects both at home and abroad. He is visiting Professor of Architecture at Oxford Brookes University. He has been an OPDC Place Review Group member since 2015.

Adam Brown Partner, Landolt + Brown

Adam Brown is an architect with 15 years’ experience in leading major infrastructure projects. Current projects include stations at Hackney Wick and White Hart Lane and major public realm  commissions in Lambeth and at Peckham Rye. He has been an OPDC Place Review Group member since 2015. 

Richard de Cani Director of Planning, Arup

Richard de Cani leads planning work for Arup in the UK. As a town planner and transport planner, he has 18 years working for Transport for London (and its predecessor organisations) and seven  years for Arup. He has played a leading role in developing transport and planning strategies in London’s Opportunity Areas and transport strategy for TfL, including new policies in growth areas.

Biba Dow Director, Dow Jones Architects

Biba Dow has led a range of arts, heritage and community projects. Recent examples include a new auditorium for the Science Museum, a Maggie’s Centre in Cardiff, and the Mary Magdalene  Centre, Paddington. She was shortlisted for the 2018 Architect's Journal Woman Architect of the Year Award.

Will Durden Director, Momentum Transport Consultancy

Will Durden is a transport planner who has worked on residential, commercial, educational, cultural and sports projects. He has worked at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for more than a decade, leading the transport elements of many schemes through the post-Olympic Games Legacy transformation. 

Roger Hawkins Partner, Hawkins\Brown

Roger Hawkins co-founded Hawkins\Brown in 1988 and is recognised as one of the UK's leading architects. He is a member of the Mayor’s Design Advisory Group and has been a member of the OPDC Place Review Group since 2015. He lectures at architectural schools including The Bartlett, Sheffield University and Yale University, and writes for the architectural press.

Anthony Hollingsworth Director of Planning Policy and Decisions, LLDC

Anthony Hollingsworth is a town planner with 25 years' experience of working on regeneration projects, mainly in London, for the London Borough of Newham, the GLA, the Olympic Delivery Authority and now the London Legacy Development Corporation. He has been an OPDC Place Review Group member since 2015.

Gillian Horn Partner, Penoyre & Prasad

Gillian Horn joined Penoyre & Prasad in 1999 and has led a number of award winning projects. She chairs Waltham Forest Design Advice Panel and has been an OPDC Place Review Group member since 2015. She has taught at the Architectural Association, and Cambridge and Greenwich Universities.

Prof. Hanif Kara Partner, AKT II

Hanif Kara combines practice with teaching, currently as Professor in Practice of Architectural Technology at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. As co-founder of AKT II, he has applied his ‘design-led’ approach, interest in innovative form and materials, and complex analysis methods on numerous award winning, pioneering projects. He has been a OPDC Place Review Group member since 2015.

Beth Kay Head of Regeneration, London Borough of Haringey

Beth Kay is an architect and regeneration professional with 20 years’ experience working in both the private and public sectors, including policy, development planning, architecture, urban design and public realm design. She has delivered schemes at a range of scales from meanwhile projects to Housing Zones. 

Vincent Lacovara Head of Placemaking, London Borough of Croydon

Vincent Lacovara is an architect, urban designer and planner. He co-founded AOC architects, and was a director until 2014. He is a Mayoral Design Advocate and member of several design review panels. He lecture widely, and was Louis I. Khan Visiting Professor at Yale. He received the 2017 Alan Cherry Award for Placemaking, awarded by Countryside.

David Lyndon Partner, Lyndon Goode Architects

Lyndon Goode Architects specialise in designing housing, education, retail and cultural buildings on complex urban sites. David Lyndon has contributed to the success of many high profile schemes including the award winning Royal College of Art campus, housing for Peabody, and high street regeneration in Islington.

Adriana Marques Head of Cultural Strategy for Thamesmead, Peabody

Adriana Marques is a experienced public art curator and leader in culture-led regeneration. She delivered a public art programme of flagship commissions for the London 2012 Olympics. In Thamesmead, she is leading work to integrate cultural spaces and projects and creative jobsinto daily life. She has also written a book on best practice public art in London. 

Philip Marsh Director, dRMM

Philip Marsh is a founding director of Stirling Prizewinning architecture practice dRMM. His approach to design is to question the ‘norm’ and consider lateral responses in order to elevate the ambition of each project. He has led major projects including Faraday House at Battersea Power Station, Trafalgar Place, and Clapham Manor Primary School.

Paul Monaghan Director, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

Paul's projects recognised as exemplars include William Street Quarter and Barking Central; Villaggio in Ghana; Unity in Liverpool; Westminster Academy; and North London Hospice. Paul led work on the Stirling Prize-winning Burntwood School in Wandsworth. He has been an OPDC Place Review Group member since 2015.

Robin Nicholson Senior Partner, Cullinan Studio

Robin Nicholson has worked on a wide range of masterplanning, health, university and other education projects in the UK and abroad. Robin was a CABE Commissioner from 2002-10. He chairs the Edge think-tank and is a champion for sustainable design, which is central to the work of Cullinan Studio.

Sowmya Parthasarathy Associate Director, Integrated City Planning, Arup

Sowmya Parthasarathy is an architect and urban designer with over 20 years of experience in the UK, USA, and Asia. As a member of Arup’s Integrated City Planning group, she leads city-scale projects across architecture, urban design, planning, engineering, transport and sustainability. She is a Mayoral Design Advocate.

Karen Scurlock Associate Director, Karakusevic Carson Architects

Karen Scurlock joined Karakusevic Carson Architects in 2012. Her focus is on producing buildings of exceptional design quality, working with various typologies on difficult urban sites throughout London. She has extensive experience and knowledge of project procurement and leading complex projects. 

Graeme Sutherland Partner, Adams & Sutherland

Adams & Sutherland is an award winning architectural practice best known for its work in the public realm, and in the public and third sectors. Projects include the London 2012 Greenway and Bow
Riverside. Graeme has also taught in many schools of architecture and is an external examiner. 

Linda Thiel Director, White Arkitekter

Linda Thiel's experience ranges from urban development, residential and mixed use projects to public buildings and commercial offices. Current UK work includes the White Rock masterplan, Hastings, ‘Climate Innovation District’ in Leeds, and a new church and residential development in north London. 

Andrew Thornhill Director, Churchman Landscape Architects

Andrew Thornhill has won acclaim for his innovative used of water sensitive urban design, creating better places to live. Projects include King's Cross Station, Rathbone Market regeneration Canning Town, Canaletto Tower, Earlham Masterplan & Enterprise Building, UEA and Three Mills Green, Stratford.

Place Review Group Meetings

One Place Review Group meeting is provisionally scheduled each month. These meetings may be used for formal reviews, Chair’s reviews or surgery reviews, as appropriate. Exceptionally, additional meetings may be required to respond to specific requirements for advice at key points in the masterplan, policy development, planning application and delivery programme.