Public Practice said its latest batch of architects and designers reflected a ‘high level of interest in place-making roles responding to the regeneration of England’s town centres’.
The associates have been matched with 27 different authorities in England, with almost 80 per cent of the associates entering the public sector for the first time.
In spring, Public Practice’s 10th cohort included Aberrant Architecture’s David Chambers, residential sector expert Morgan Wild, shedkm architect and Sheffield School of Architecture teacher Leonora Aigbokhae, and Martin Prince-Parrott.
‘Each associate is taking a big leap in their career by joining a local authority. Our aim is to support these individuals to develop their placemaking skills for long-term careers in the public sector.’
Pete Gladwell, group social impact and investment director, Legal & General said: ‘There is an urgent need for additional resource in planning departments across the UK, so it’s great to see the fruit of our partnership with Public Practice resulting in another terrific collection of people stepping into that role.
The not-for-profit organisation, which originally focused on London, the South East and East of England, said its 11th cohort focuses on roles on regeneration and placemaking as well a focus on net zero and creating active and healthy spaces.
If you are a practitioner with more than three years of relevant professional experience, you can apply now to the next Public Practice associate programme. The next recruitment round opens on 16 October.
Earlier this year Public Practice was handed £1 million from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC), which the organisation said it would use to expand its reach.
‘And not just any collection of people; Public Practice has done a great job of pulling together diverse talents, backgrounds, and experiences to augment those who already work so tirelessly in this space.’
Full list of associates in 11th Public Practice cohort
|Strategic assets project manager
|Senior planning officer (urban design)
|Huntingdonshire District Council
|Senior development management officer (strategic team)
|Economic development officer
|Anna Louise Bradley
|Senior town centre project officer
|Urban design principal
|Future workspace fund manager (maternity cover)
|Project manager – strategic projects
|Regeneration project manager (north)
|Creating active and healthy spaces lead
|Head of strategic planning
|Richmond and Wandsworth
|Transport strategy programme coordinator
|Principal developer contributions officer
|Jessica Woodward Tang
|Senior planner/urban designer
|Regeneration project manager (central)
|Project manager – retrofit
|Place shaping officer (High Streets)
|East Riding of Yorkshire
|Urban design officer
|Landscape and green Infrastructure Officer
|Senior conservation and design officer
|Principal urban design officer
|Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC)
|Senior project manager (net zero)
|Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC)
|Senior urban design officer
|Principal placemaking and regeneration officer
|Placemaking projects manager
|Sophie El Nimr
|Urban design officer
|Community retrofit officer
Described by its founder as Public Practice’s ‘first national cohort’, the latest round of 29 placements organised by the expanding social enterprise will benefit nine English local authorities for the first time. They are: Huntingdonshire, North Herts, Lewes, Middlesbrough, West Berkshire, East Riding of Yorkshire, Somerset, Rochdale and Rugby.
Chief executive Pooja Agrawal said: ‘We know that local authorities are facing many recruitment challenges and their biggest issue is difficulty attracting qualified and skilled candidates. We are committed to attracting highly skilled placemaking professionals into the public sector and I continue to be inspired by the motivated associates joining our programme, who are driven to have more purpose in their work and shape places across England for the better.
The 29 associates in the autumn group include Cullinan Studio’s director and practice leader Peter Inglis, Joe Morrizo of Morrizo + Co, and Sahar-Fatema Mohamedali of Weston Williamson + Partners.
Since its launch in 2017, Public Practice has placed 320 associates into 87 authorities in England (including every London borough), 77 per cent of whom have continued to work in the public sector post-placement.
The news comes just days after the Labour Party vowed to boost the capacity of the planning system by hiring more than 300 planners in the public sector.
Posts filled by the latest cohort include senior planning officer (Urban Design) at Rugby Borough Council, community retrofit officer at Merton London Borough Council and place shaping officer (High Streets) at Westminster City Council.