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Design Review Panel Members

Design Review Panel Members

  • Mark Penfold (Chair)

    A founder partner of Macallan Penfold Chartered Architects in 1989, Mark has a broad range of public and private sector experience, having worked on multiple large-scale residential and education schemes, as well as diverse community-focused projects and one-off private houses. He has extensive experience in education, residential, community and sports/leisure sectors and also expertise in projects for the disabled.

    He is Chair of both the North East Hampshire Design Review Panel and Chair of the Board of Proteus Theatre Company, a touring theatre company and community arts organisation based in Basingstoke.

  • David Hares (Vice Chair)

    David is a chartered landscape architect who has lived and worked in the South Downs for 25 years. He worked as an associate partner in a London consultancy, and administered a South Downs environmental scheme, before founding his landscape practice in 1999.

  • David Edwards

    David is a registered Architect and an urban designer, with over 20 years of experience with leading design practices and multidisciplinary consultancies. He has had a core involvement in the planning, design and implementation of significant mixed use developments in the UK and overseas.

    Often involving challenging physical, environmental and social conditions, a number of these have subsequently secured wider recognition through commendations and publication.

    A Chartered Member of both the RIBA and the Danish Architecture Association (MAA), David is a Director of Place-Make, a London based planning and design consulting firm.He regularly contributes to professional journals and s a particular interest in the artistic principles of city planning and environmentally responsive design

  • Paul Appleton

    A member of the Design Review Panel for 4 years, Paul trained at the universities of Bristol and Edinburgh. He joined Bob Allies and Graham Morrison in 1984, the year the practice was founded, following the successful competition entry to redesign the space between the National Gallery of Scotland and the Scottish Academy at the Mound in Edinburgh. He is a regular lecturer in the field of the arts, higher education, conservation and masterplanning.

    Paul has remained involved across the whole range of the practice’s work, leading a number of public, cultural, educational and urban projects. He was the partner responsible for the transformation of the Royal Festival Hall and the new Planetarium Centre for Modern Astronomy at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, as well as leading a number of town centre regeneration projects and health projects including the Maurice Wohl Institute, a new clinical neuroscience research institute building for King’s College London. The Royal Festival Hall was nominated for the Stirling Prize in 2008.

  • Merrick Denton-Thompson

    Merrick Denton-Thompson is President Elect, Trustee and Fellow of the Landscape Institute. He has worked in local government and the voluntary sector for all of his career. He left local government as the Assistant Director of the Environment at Hampshire County Council where he was responsible for environmental policies in strategic planning, rural affairs and the countryside service. He was appointed to the Board of Natural England by the Secretary of State to assist in the development of the new government agency in 2006 – 2009. He directed the Rural Pathfinder for the South East of England in 2002, was a member of the Cross-Compliance Board for the Single Farm Payment and a member of the Agri-Environment Review Group which set up the Environmental and Countryside Stewardship Scheme.

    He is the founding Trustee of the Learning Through Landscapes Trust. He is a Trustee of Marwell Wildlife and Chair of its Conservation and Education Committee.

  • Oliver Lowenstein

    Oliver Lowenstein runs the cultural review, Fourth Door Review and co-ordinates the research network Fourth Door Research, He writes regularly about art, design, craft and architecture for various British and European broadsheets, magazines and periodicals, with a focus on the sustainability and the ‘green’ cultural dimension. These include Blueprint, Architectural Review, Architecture Today, the FT, the Guardian, the Independent, Arkitektur N (Norwegian Architectural Review) Detail, Zuschnitt (Austrian Timber Architecture Magazine) and was the UK correspondent for Detail Green for five years. He has curated a number of architectural exhibitions, including Building Biographies at the Glasgow Lighthouse, taught and lectured in a number of universities, catalysed a series of sustainable architecture projects including Roots Architecture@Womad, and the Cycle-Stations Project, and was originator and co-catalyser of the Lewes based community organisation, MakingLewes

  • Steven Johnson

    Steven Johnson set up The Architecture Ensemble, a timber design firm, after leading the Downland Gridshell project at the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum while working with Edward Cillinan Architects.

    Although based in central London, Steve has mainly become involved in rural projects in the Southeast of England that draw timber direct from local landscapes. Steve also teaches at The Bartlett School of Architecture/UCL and at the Architectural Association’s Hook Park in Dorset.

  • Kay Brown

    Kay has over 25 years experience in both the private and public sector in architecture, master planning and urban design, working in Chichester, Southampton and Manchester.

    A key highlight of her career to date was to lead the preparation and launch of the Southampton City Centre Master Plan in 2012 which has been instrumental in attracting multi-billion pound investment into the city and consolidated Southampton’s position as a leading city in which to live, work, learn and play. As design champion for Southampton Kay was responsible for the preparation of design policies and guidance, including the Residential Design Guide and Streetscape Manual, as well as setting up the Council’s Design Advisory Panel, all of which have been highly influential in shaping the city of today.

    Working for Southampton City Council, she was responsible for advising on the master planning and design of major developments and new public spaces in Southampton including the residential led mixed use Centenary Quay, the new Arts Complex, Admirals Quay and West Quay Watermark as well as several successful developments for the University of Southampton; the award winning Maritime Centre of Excellence, the Life Sciences Building and Mayflower Halls of Residence.

    During this time her detailed knowledge of the city and a pragmatic approach to balancing the need for high quality design with the delivery of viable developments has fostered strong working relationships with major developers and their architects and planning consultants as well as the Council’s planning team, Members and resident interest groups.

    Kay has recently returned to the private sector and is currently involved in the design of a number of residential and education schemes, including master planning the redevelopment of a further education college in London and the provision of over 1000 new homes.

  • Other Members
    • Adam Richards
    • Alison Galbraith
    • Andrew Smith
    • Andy Clemens
    • Bill Dunster
    • Chris  Blandford
    • Clare Sutton
    • Duncan Baker-Brown
    • James Fox
    • John Hearn
    • John Starling
    • Katherine McNamara
    • Kim Wilkie
    • Lap Chan
    • Luke Engleback
    • Nic Pople
    • Paul Fender
    • Paul Murrain
    • Paul Phasey
    • Richard Eastham
    • Robert Adam
    • Robyn Butcher
    • Sally Marsh
    • Steven Bee
    • William Hardie


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