WEBINARS

National Design Guide:
opportunities and obstacles

To help promote the new National Design Guide, we are running a series of free webinars. Our webinars provide an overview of the National Design Guide, including demonstrations of best practice and reflection on the post-covid19 world. We also cover the opportunities and obstacles that the National Design Guide presents.

The sessions will be interactive, with the Panel using questions and comments from the audience to help shape the discussion. We will also be asking you, the audience to provide us and others with insight into how your practice is being influenced by national and global events.

The webinars will be helpful to Councillors, and practitioners in the public and private sector, and anyone interested in delivering high-quality, well-designed places. Our panellists have extensive careers in both public and private practice and will be sharing their experience and perspectives.

The sessions will be delivered by Creating Excellence, and Design Midlands who manage the Design South West Review Panel and Midlands Design Review Panel and design enabling services. As Design Network partners, Creating Excellence and Design Midlands are providing this support as part of a programme being delivered across England by the Design Network, supported by MHCLG.

Feedback will be collated after the events.
National Design Guide Overview

Webinar 1: Climate and the National Design Guide

Tues 2 June 11-12
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You need to register for this webinar, so please click the link prior to the event in order to be sent the password for attendees.
In this first session, the Panel discusses design issues around climate. Good design must take into consideration the challenges of both adapting to and mitigating against climate change. We will cover topics such as the need to reduce travel and make travel more sustainable, energy efficiency within the construction sector, and the role of landscape and water management in the future of our places.

PANEL:
Garry Hall, Urban Designer (Facilitator), Prof. Peter Clegg, Architect (Design:SW Chair), Sarah Jones Morris, Landscape Architect, Doug King, Energy & Sustainability Consultant
Peter Clegg is Chair of Creating Excellence’s South West Design Review Panel. He established his architectural practice in Bath with Richard Feilden in 1978.
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Garry Hall is an urban designer with extensive experience in master planning, design coding and developing design guidance. He is an editor of Building for Life 12 and has been involved in a number of flagship schemes across the country including new settlements and large-scale urban extensions.
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Sarah is a multi-award winning landscape architect, urban designer, and director of Bristol-based Landsmith Associates.
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An internationally recognised pioneer in the field of sustainable construction, Doug King brings a scientific approach and environmental sensitivity to projects.
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Webinar 2: Character and the National Design Guide

Tues 16 June 11-12
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You need to register for this webinar, so please click the link prior to the event in order to be sent the password for attendees.
Our second event tackles the thorny issue of character. The Panel will discuss current issues with design that relate to character. We will also explore how to make developments more characterful using more than just the design of buildings.
PANEL:
Garry Hall, Urban Designer (Facilitator), Joe Holyoak, Architect (Design:Midlands Vice Chair), Fiona Heron, Landscape Architect 
Emily Walsh, Transport Engineer
A landscape architect with over 25 years’ strategic and detailed design experience in public and private sectors
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Joe is an architect and urban designer, practising from the Custard Factory in Birmingham.
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Garry Hall is an urban designer with extensive experience in master planning, design coding and developing design guidance. He is an editor of Building for Life 12 and has been involved in a number of flagship schemes across the country including new settlements and large-scale urban extensions.
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Emily is a Transport Planner and Urban Designer at SYSTRA where she leads a team who work at all scales to plan and design transport and streets to enhance places.
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Webinar 3: Community and the National Design Guide

Tues 23 June 11-12
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You need to register for this webinar, so please click the link prior to the event in order to be sent the password for attendees.
Good design puts the community at its heart. However, communities often feel excluded from the decisions that most affect them. In this session the Panel discusses how we can better-engage people so they can help shape their place.
PANEL:
Garry Hall, Urban Designer (Facilitator), Chris Twomey, Architect (Design:Midlands Chair), Peter Neal, Landscape Architect, Laura Alvarez, Urban Design, Community Facilitator
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.
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Chris is a chartered architect with 30 years’ experience, including a year in practice in Australia.
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Garry Hall is an urban designer with extensive experience in master planning, design coding and developing design guidance. He is an editor of Building for Life 12 and has been involved in a number of flagship schemes across the country including new settlements and large-scale urban extensions.
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Peter is a landscape architect, environmental planner and ecologist with over 30 years’ experience.
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