Design experts to advise Mayor on major developments

18 December 2012

A panel of experts has been appointed to advise the Mayor of London on major development schemes in the capital, with the aim of promoting the highest quality of architecture and urban design in high-profile regeneration projects.


The Mayor’s Design Advisory Group, comprised of experts from heritage, architecture, housing and design bodies, has been relaunched to play a significant role in shaping future developments which fall under the Mayor’s responsibility through his regeneration, planning, housing and land powers.


Experts including architect Sir Terry Farrell, Tate Modern Council member Stephen Witherford and Peter Murray, chairman of New London Architecture, will advise on ensuring housing and design standards and the development of London’s public realm, while advising the Mayor on how to secure the best results on new developments through procurement.


The group will focus on schemes led by the Greater London Authority and Transport for London, in particular it will be asked to comment on major investment programmes driven by funding from the Mayor’s Regeneration Fund and the Outer London Fund.


The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “London is an ever-changing city. With the enormous potential of regeneration being unlocked across the capital, we must promote architecture and design of the highest possible standard.


“The advisory group will be instrumental in shaping not only a London-wide design strategy, but also advising on key planning decisions which have a direct impact on our high streets, public places and neighbourhoods across the boroughs.”


The Mayor’s Design Advisory Group will be chaired by Fiona Fletcher-Smith, the Mayor’s executive director of development and enterprise. It will meet up to four times each year, with the Mayor chairing at least one meeting.

Notes to editors

1. The former Mayor’s Design Advisory Panel was established following the Mayor’s election in 2008. Initially chaired by Sir Simon Milton and subsequently Daniel Moylan, it advised the Mayor, his advisers and staff on architectural, design and place shaping matters and was a key signal of his commitment to high standards of architecture and urban design. The previous MDAP term ended April 30th 2012.


2. Appointed Members

Joyce Bridges, Former Cabe Commissioner, Former English Heritage Commissioner and Chair of EH's LAC. Member of EH's Urban Panel. Design Council CABE Built Environment Expert panel.


Sir Terry Farrell, Architect, Farrells· Eric Parry, Architect, Eric Parry Architects


Sunand Prasad, Architect, Penoyre & Prasad LLP · Patricia Brown, Director of Central


Fred Manson - Former Director of Regeneration Southwark. Associate Director Heatherwick Studio; Chair UDL Design Surgery


Peter Murray - Chairman, New London Architecture


Colin Haylock - President of Board of Trustees, RTPI


Fiona Scott - Former Architects Journal Scholar and Director Gort Scott


Stephen Witherford - Member Tate Modern Council; CABE; RIBA Advisor; Visiting Fellow LSE Cities


David Levitt - Design champion Catalyst Housing Group; Board, Design for Homes; CABE Enabler


June Barnes - Group Chief Executive, East Thames Housing Group; Board Member National Housing Fed.


Richard Powell - Director of Planning and Development, Capital and Counties.


Pam Alexander - Pam Alexander - Trustee of the Design Council, non-exec Director of DC Cabe and a Built Environment Expert for Cabe, non-exec Director of Crest Nicholson and a Director of the Academy of Urbanism.


Roger Hawkins – Partner Hawkins\Brown.


Bob Allies - Partner Allies and Morrison; a member of the CABE National Design Review Panel and a member of the RIBA Awards Group