Planning Group

The group is made up of architects and fellow professionals who combine expertise and experience in planning matters that include urban design, planning policy, design review, the appeal system, the legal aspects of planning, regeneration, neighbourhood planning and housing delivery. Group members include architects, solicitors, urban designers, landscape architects and representatives of the RTPI and government agencies such as PINS.


Expert advice is provided to the Practice Department and Policy and Public Affairs teams for proactive campaigns and in response to government consultation. The RIBA’s advice to the government on planning matters is founded on knowledge provided by the group. 


 Ruth Reed, Green Planning Studio

Ruth1_rRuth Reed is Past President of the RIBA 2009 – 2011. She is a director of Green Planning Studio Ltd, an architectural and planning consultancy specialising in unusual rural casework.
Until July 2013 she was Professor of
Professional Practice at the Birmingham
School of Architecture, BCU.

She has practiced as an architect in a variety
of practices, running her own practice, Reed Architects, from 1992 to 2005. Reed Architects specialised in sustainable rural design, particularly for self-builders. Between 2002 and 2004 she also acted as a fee-paid planning inspector determining built environment appeals.


Ben van Bruggen, van Bruggen Urbanism


Ben is an urban planner with 20 years
experience working in the public and private sectors in the UK and internationally. Ben founded van Bruggen Urbanism in 2012 to provide advice to clients on urban planning,        urban design and architectural aspects of             planning applications, including townscape
and heritage assessments and design review.

Previously Ben was Head of Urban Design at Savills, where he led projects in China, Russia, Montenegro and London.

As well as being co-chair of the Design: South + East Panel, Ben is also Deputy Chair of the Lewisham Design Review Panel and a founding member of the Home Office Design Panel. Ben was Senior Design Review Advisor to CABE from 2001 to 2006. Ben is a past Chair of the Urban Design Group. 

Harry Burchill, RTPI

Biography coming soon. 

Elspeth Clements, Clements & Porter Architects 

ElspethClementsFollowing her work for the GLC Housing
Division Elspeth founded Clements and Porter Architects. The practice specialises in refurbishment and regeneration projects,
mainly in London. Elspeth is also an RIBA Accredited Conservation Architect.

In architectural education she has been a
course validator, advisor and an external and professional examiner. She currently examines
at the Bartlett, Queen’s University Belfast, RIBA North West and APEAS in Scotland. She has judged architectural design awards and competitions.

Elspeth is chair of the Highgate Society Planning Committee and was a founding member of the Highgate Neighbourhood Forum. Elspeth founded the Women in Property Network.

Ian Davies, Consultant Architect

Biography coming soon.

Colin Haylock, Haylock Planning and Design

newColinColin is an architect/planner with over 40 years experience. Until 1999 he led an award winning environmental design and conservation team
for Newcastle City Council, followed by 
10 years as Urban Design Director for Ryder.
He now runs an independent specialist consultancy.

He has been intensely involved with the Royal
Town Planning Institute, leading the development of its Urban Design Network and acting as the Institute’s National President in 2012.

As a Regional Representative and Enabler he was a major contributor to the work of CABE throughout its life. He continues to work as a Built Environment Expert for the Design Council. He is also a member of the London Mayor’s Design Advisory Group. Colin is a Visiting Professor at The Bartlett School of Planning at UCL and Visiting Professor at Newcastle University.

Ian Hunter, Hunter Architects & Planners

Biography coming soon.

Mark Percival, architecture:m

Biography coming soon.

Hugh Petter, ADAM Architecture

Hugh Petter is an architect and urban designer, HughPetter03Aspecializing in traditional design. His work includes new buildings; alterations, extensions and repairs to historic properties; design consultancy, and master-planning in Britain and overseas.

Hugh joined ADAM Architecture in 1993, becoming a Director in 1997. He regularly publishes articles and essays on architectural subjects and serves as a visiting tutor, governor,
and external examiner to several colleges in the UK and abroad.

Hugh is Vice Chairman of the Georgian Group; trustee of the Princes Foundation for Building Community; Academician at the Academy of Urbanism, and serves on Design Review Panels for the South Downs National Park, and Design South East.

Bob Pritchard, Eversheds

BPBob is a specialist planning lawyer in the
National Planning and Infrastructure
Consenting Team and Head of Devolution Matters at Eversheds. He is based in the Leeds and Manchester offices.

Prior to re-joining Eversheds in 2014 he held senior positions in local government, including the post of City Solicitor and Monitoring
Officer at Leeds City Council. 

He writes a regular column on legal issues for
the Town and Country Planning Association and has written on devolution issues and the Northern Powerhouse in Planning Magazine and the Planner.     He is a visiting lecturer at Leeds Beckett University and a Legal Associate of the RTPI.

Phillip Waddy, West Waddy ADP


Philip Waddy is a partner in the architectural,   town planning and urban design practice West Waddy ADP and an accredited conservation architect. His experience in the fields of architecture and planning is extensive, particularly throughout the South East.

Philip is a past Chairman of the RIBA South region and currently a member of RIBA Council. He also serves on the Vale and South Local Design Review Panel in Oxfordshire. Philip has spoken on matters relating to town planning, conservation and sustainability, including presenting to the Joint Planning Law Conference and the RTPI Summer School. 

 Jonathan Watkins, Jonathan Watkins Landscape Architects

Biography coming soon.

Finn Williams, Common Office

FinnWilliams_160220Finn Williams is an architect-turned-planner based in London. Finn is Regeneration Area Manager for North West London at the GLA.
He has previously worked for Croydon Council, General Public Agency and the Office for Metropolitan Architecture.

Finn is the founder of public sector planning         think tank NOVUS and independent research
practice Common Office. He is a director of the Planning Officers Society, vice chair of the Tower
Hamlets Design Review Panel, board member of Urban Design London, a CABE Built Environment Enabler, trustee of the Friends of Arnold Circus, and Farrell Review Champion.

Finn currently teaches at the Royal College of Art and the Bartlett, and is co-curating the British Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale.

RIBA Contact:

Gesine Kippenberg