London Festival of Architecture: Meet the team running our Urban Design Workshop
'The Thames is Liquid History' - Urban Design Workshop, Saturday 17th June 2017
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Clockwise from top left: Todor Kuznetsov, Prachi Rampuria, Soham De, Charlotte Brookhouse, Abhinav Champaneri, Holly Harrington
As part of the London Festival of Architecture, we are hosting an Urban Design workshop on Saturday 17th June 2017, titled 'The Thames is Liquid History' (Click here to read more about the format of the day, and to book your place).
An introduction to PDP London and a curated tour of the office will be led by Partner, Pedro Roos.
Pedro has won a great many design awards and competitions and is a highly qualified and experienced urban designer as well as a highly skilled architect. His expertise brings creativity and understanding to the art of Placemaking which, in turn, creates value. Since joining PDP London as a Partner in 2005, Pedro has expanded the urban design expertise and portfolio of the Practice, most notably with the Code 5 housing competition win in Belfast, Northern Ireland as well as projects in St Petersburg, Russia and Pisa, Italy.
THE WORKSHOP TEAM:
Todor graduated from Oxford Brookes University in 2011 with a Masters in Urban Design. He has also studied at the University of Bath and UCL, and is a registered architect. He has worked on mixed use masterplan and residential projects located in London, Bristol, Doha and Dubai.
Todor is interested in a context-driven comprehensive approach to design which takes a project from Stage 0 through planning, detailed design, production information and quality control all the way to practical completion and post-completion stages and believes that delivering a perfect balance between architecture and urban design is essential to creating valuable and memorable urban spaces and thriving public realm. He is also interested in the ways that different topographic, economic and cultural contexts can be influential and act as a major catalyst for better design. He considers environmentally sustainable design, construction detailing and efficient project management to be of equal fundamental significance for the execution and long-term success of every project.
Prachi is an architectural designer and urbanist. She has always embraced the belief that contemporary urban areas, neighbourhoods and buildings can be designed to encourage human nature relationships, thrive economically, make the best use of scarce land and diminishing resources, whilst also inspiring wonder and delight.
Prachi studied architecture in Kolkata, India, where she was awarded her university’s gold medal in architecture. She has since completed her MA in Urban Design at the Joint Centre for Urban Design, Oxford Brookes University and was awarded the Urban Design prize in recognition of her work. With professional experience in both India and the UK, her interests focus on projects that combine strategic urban design, masterplanning, urban regeneration, landscape architecture, and the possibilities of incorporating sustainable systems into the design of settlements at varied scales and within the context of different cultures.
Since joining PDP as an Urban Designer, Prachi has collaborated on a range of projects of various scales and contexts. Most recently, Prachi has worked on Al Sadd Square which is a mixed-use concept scheme in Doha with new retail, commercial, residential and community facilities; on Park District Masterplan in Azerbaijan; and she is currently working on Shepherd Market, which aims to invest in creating high quality public realm.
Soham is an Architect and an Urban Designer, with experience in India and the UK. He pursued his architectural education in India and completed his MA at the Joint Centre for Urban Design, Oxford Brookes University. He has worked on various scale projects concerning strategic urban design, urban regeneration and master planning in the UK and abroad.
Charlotte is a Part 1 Architectural Assistant at PDP London, working in an urban design-led studio on mixed-use residential projects in the design phase. Working within such a studio has cultivated an interest for the urban public realm that she aims to pursue at post-graduate level. Before joining PDP London, Charlotte studied at the University of Liverpool where her final year projects centred on responding and celebrating to the lost infrastructures of the Wirral and the Mersey river.
Abhinav Champaneri received his Master of Architecture Degree from the AA School of Architecture in Emergent Technologies and Design. He has been with PDP London since 2014 and has worked on a number of Urban Design, Masterplanning and Architecture projects. He has keen interest in context driven architecture and its complex relationship with social, cultural and environmental aspects. He loves to investigate urban scenarios employing computational tools and methods for analysis and design.
Holly has always had an interest in Urban Design and large scale frameworks that affect our city and how we move through it almost as choreography (dance and architecture). She placed an emphasis on urban strategy and design throughout her postgraduate, working in both East and Mae Architects studios, exploring possible new and old theories as well as taking examples from other European and International cities.
Holly has taken part in urban workshops and summer schools in Brazil, and Brussels. Her thesis was based on social housing, tackling issues of impermeability of many new large residential developments and how to create more successful public and community spaces in London. Professionally, most of Holly's experience to date has been in large scale regeneration developments in the UK, with an emphasis on public shared spaces and landscaping - two of these projects have been listed for place-making awards. Holly is also a member of the London chapter of Urbanistas.