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Steve is an architect and urbanist with over 30 years’ experience of working on demanding development projects across residential, commercial and cultural sectors in urban and rural settings. He is acknowledged as one of the UK’s trailblazers for public participation in planning and design processes and many of the innovative approaches he has piloted have now become accepted norms for good practice, ranging from forensic place and people audits at early stages of engagement, to ‘what-if’ scenario planning and finely structured liaison groups as key sounding boards for emerging projects.
He has been involved in numerous projects that have won multiple planning, design and innovation awards including Kings Cross, the London Olympic and post-Olympic masterplans and Chelsea Barracks. He currently leads the active engagement team at Thamesmead Waterfront as part of the Prior and Partners international competition-winning team and continues to champion the benefits of genuine co-design approaches.
Prior to founding Soundings and Fluid with partner Christina Norton, he was an academic and a lecturer at the Architectural Association and London Metropolitan University. At the latter, he was a founder of the ‘Cities Institute’, a ‘centre of excellence’ for research into urban phenomena of all kinds. At this university he also set up and taught on a cross-disciplinary MA in the culture and regeneration of cities.
Steve is a core member of ‘Collective Community Action’, a body of practitioners, theorists, developers and community activists dedicated to ensuring that communities are at the centre of all design considerations. He is a Fellow of the RSA, a member of the Cities Academy and, until recently he served on the RIBA ‘building futures’ think tank.