Laura B. Alvarez

(BArch (Hons) PG Dip MAUD UDGRP PhD)
Expertise: Urban Design, Community

Laura graduated in Architecture and Urbanism at the University of La Plata, Argentina. She completed a PhD at the University of Nottingham, researching applicable theory on socially sustainable urban design in neighbourhoods. She looked at issues such as urban morphology, social networks and place psychologies as contributors to healthier, happier lifestyles. Her work includes consultancy for the award winning Trent Basin scheme in Nottingham. She is a guest lecturer at the Universities of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent and Manchester.

 Laura is a qualified Community Organiser, and has worked closely with communities, designing innovative ways of bottom up engagement, co-design, Placemaking and Place Shaping processes. She also assists authorities reviewing the design of residential developments and provides urban design and master planning training to house builders, engaged on the Tresham DRP amongst others. 

Laura currently works as a Senior Principal Urban Design and Conservation Officer at Nottingham City Council where she co-developed the Design Quality Framework for the city.

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