Common ground: shared language?

Join our guest panel to explore just how well designers, planners and place-makers really understand one another.

RTPI Cymru, RSAW and the Design Commission for Wales invite you to join us to explore the power of communication and the need for greater mutual understanding across professions. The nature of education, training and professional practice has an impact on professional understanding and can be critical to success in many projects. Are architects and planners really from different planets? Does everyone really understand what’s expected of them? Who is best placed to help the client understand the processes and why they may or may not have the final say?

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Event Partners:
Commission Dylunio Cymru Design Commission for Wales promotes the importance of good design across sectors throughout Wales to help make it a better place. We promote good design and communicate its benefits, prioritising the design quality of places, buildings and public spaces.

The RTPI CYMRU is a Chartered Institute responsible for maintaining professional standards and a charity whose purpose is to advance the science and art of planning for the benefit of the public. RTPI Cymru represents the RTPI in Wales.

The RSAW: The Royal Society of Architects in Wales is the voice of the RIBA in Wales. It champions better buildings, communities and the environment, through architecture and its members. The RSAW provides support for members through CPD, Spring School and an annual conference. They recognise outstanding architecture through the RIBA Awards and the Welsh Architecture Awards, and support the National Eisteddfod of Wales with the delivery of the Eisteddfod Architecture Medal and student scholarship, which are sponsored by the Design Commission for Wales.


Carole-Anne Davies
BA Hons, PG Dip., FRSA Chief Executive, Design Commission for Wales A visual arts and literature graduate Carole-Anne is an experienced executive, former consultant to the Scottish Government and a former Trustee of the board of the National Museum Wales. She is an alumna of the CSCLeaders Commonwealth Study Conferences and an independent mentor and an active Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA). CaroleAnne loves international travel and is passionate about, some might say devoted to, her 10 perch allotment.

Dr Roisin Willmott, MRTPI, FRSA Director, Royal Town Planning Institute Wales and Northern Ireland Roisin, a Chartered Town Planner, first worked at Northamptonshire County Council, where she also studied for a Masters in planning at Oxford Brookes University. She moved to the Vale of Glamorgan Borough Council in the early 1990s working in regeneration, after which she moved to Coleg Gwent – at that time Wales’ largest FE College. Roisin then moved to economic and planning consultancy for ECOTEC across the UK and Europe. As Director for RTPI Wales and Northern Ireland, Roisin is responsible for leading the RTPI’s planning policy and practice activities and for delivering services for planners based in the two jurisdictions. Roisin studied parttime for a PhD at Cardiff University, analysing the changing governance systems in Wales used to implement European Regional Policy. Roisin is a Fellow of the Royal Society and until recently was the Chair of the Centre for Regeneration Excellence Wales (CREW).


Our contributors:
The Project Manager: Caitlin Forster BSc (Hons), PgDip, MRICS, Aecom
Senior Project Manager at Aecom, Caitlin’s career in development and construction has encompassed developing projects from inception to planning and Employers Agent post contract roles. From a town planning and regeneration background, Caitlin has managed a variety of projects through the design and development process, such as large mixed use regeneration projects, residential development, education, commercial and energy developments. Caitlin’s expertise and experience spans a full range of project and programme management, including co-ordinating multi-disciplinary design teams, strategic programme management, procurement and risk appraisal, financial reporting and stakeholder and resident engagement strategies across a variety of projects. Caitlin is passionate about sustainable place making that delivers high quality design responses and solutions and real community benefit.

The Architect: Cora Kwiatkowski, Stride Treglown
Cora is a member of the Design Commission for Wales Design Review Panel. As a Divisional Director for Stride Treglown she has been responsible for a wide range of projects in the UK since joining the practice in 2006 including office, residential, masterplanning and education projects and design codes. Her previous experience in Germany, Sweden and Switzerland also included urban design and transport projects, notably an international competition winning masterplan for Siemens in Munich and a two level, 14 track train station in Cologne. Cora is a Member of the Devon & Somerset Design Review Panel and an appointed Built Environment Expert (BEE) for Design Council. Leading multi-disciplinary teams over many years as architect and technical advisor, working for private and public sector clients and being passionate about design and problem-solving has enabled her to develop high-quality design principles whilst delivering economically sound solutions. As lead architect for several work place and mixed-us schemes in recent years, her refurbishment of Eastleigh House for Eastleigh Borough Council won regional BrCO and RICS awards as well as the LABC Building Excellence Award for Best Inclusive Building. Cora regularly contributes to industry publications including Architect’s Choice and The Green Register; she is fluent in German, English and French.

The Private Sector Planner: Wendy Maden BSc, The Urbanists
Wendy is currently Assistant Planner with The Urbanists, planning and design consultancy. She is involved in a wide range of public and private sector projects of varying scale, for clients such as private developers, Local Authorities and Registered Social Landlords. She has worked on a variety of projects from inception to delivery, including education, commercial, residential, regeneration and energy developments. Wendy has previous experience with Newport Unlimited Urban Regeneration Company and The Planning Inspectorate, with both the Nationally Significant Infrastructure and Local Plans teams. She is a Cardiff University BSc City & Regional Planning graduate who spent one semester studying the Master of Urbanism and Strategic Planning via an Erasmus exchange at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium. Wendy is working towards the RTPI APC and is the Events Coordinator for Young Planners Cymru.

The Public Sector Decision Maker: Judith Jones, Head of Planning, Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council
Head of Planning at Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council since 2012, managing the Planning, Building Control and Countryside services, Judith is also the Council’s representative on the Planning Officers Society for Wales, which comprises the Heads of Planning of all 25 Authorities who regularly meet with Welsh Government to help shape the future of Planning in Wales. Graduating from the University of the West of England, Bristol Judith became chartered in 2002. In 2015 I was part of the team that were awarded the RTPI Award for Excellence in Planning and Design for the Public Realm. Judith has a Development Management background and is experienced in local government and private sector practice. She is well versed in the political aspects of Local Government and leads the Authority’s monthly Planning Committee.

The Art Consultant: Emma M Price, Director, EMP Projects & Associates
Emma M Price has been commissioning public art for over 15 years throughout the UK. Emma is founding director of EMP Projects & Associates, an independent curating and commissioning agency based in Cardiff. EMP works on the inception, development and brokering of a variety of commissions working with exceptional artists, architects, designers, and communities to contribute to the transformation of public spaces. Emma is a passionate advocate of socially engaged art in the public realm and of the evolving appreciation of the place of art in the built environment as part of the everyday experience for everyone. She is a board member for Rock Academy Wales and a national advisor for the Arts Council of Wales.

The Client: Ian Carter BSc, MA Urban Design, MRTPI
Ian Carter is Group Director of Development and Asset Management at Cynon Taf Community Housing Group. Ian joined the team there in June 2015 and leads the organisation’s asset management, maintenance, planned investment and development functions. Ian is a chartered town planner and qualified urban designer, receiving his Honours degree in City & Regional Planning and Masters in Urban Design from Cardiff University. He worked in the private sector and subsequently in Newport City Council’s Major Applications team as Principal Urban Designer, before joining Newport City Homes. In his role with Newport City Homes, Ian lead their ambitious regeneration programme for the Pillgwenlly area of Newport, an area of challenging housing conditions and significant deprivation. The team worked closely with the Design Commission for Wales throughout the project which aimed to address the ‘Radburn’ legacy and ensure long term, positive regeneration outcomes for Pil’s vibrant community. Ian is Commissioner on the Board of the Design Commission for Wales, a strong advocate for its work and is particularly committed to the value of its national Design Review Service.


We look forward to welcoming you - we hope you enjoy the debate.


Event details


Friday 22nd April 2016




Design Commission for Wales, Cambrian Buildings, Mount Stuart Square CF10 5FL