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What is the City but the People?
The role of the engineer in creating inclusive cities

  • Conference
  • London
  • 21 February 2018
  • 09:00 - 17:30
What is the City but the People? <br> The role of the engineer in creating inclusive cities

About this event

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While there has been much focus by policymakers on environmental and economic sustainability in recent years, the idea of social sustainability is being left behind. When it comes to urban design and infrastructure provision, the ongoing focus by both policymakers and the infrastructure sector on mobility and the paid labour force means that segments of society are being left behind. Currently, much of our urban infrastructure excludes groups based on their age, race, class, gender and ability.

To drive truly inclusive design, break from traditional approaches and not repeat what’s already been done, a total shift in the paradigm on how cities are designed and managed is needed.

Through morning panel discussions and afternoon practical workshops, attendees will have the chance to examine infrastructure provision and engineering   approaches to key issues such as:​

  • Social inequality
  • Disability
  • Gender
  • Experience of the night
Special guest speakers include:
  • ICE President Lord Robert Mair
  • Professor Sadie Morgan, Founding Director of dRMM Architects and Commissioner at the NIC
  • Ellie Cosgrave, Deputy Director of the UCL City Leadership Lab
  • Neil Smith, Head of Inclusive Design at Buro Happold and previously Principal Advisor on Access to the Mayor of London

This ICE Thinks event is in collaboration with:


About ICE Thinks
ICE Thinks, ICE’s thought leadership programme, is an initiative bringing together groundbreaking thinkers from across a range of sectors in order to identify the megatrends and disrupters that will have the biggest impact on future infrastructure design and delivery.  Learn more about the ICE Thinks urbanisation camping here


9:00 Registration and coffee

Introduction to the day

  • Dr Ellie Cosgrave, Deputy Director of the UCL City Leadership Lab​
  • Professor Lord Robert Mair, ICE
  • Professor Sadie Morgan, Director, dRMM Architects and Commissioner, National Infrastructure Commission ​
  • Neil Smith, Head of Inclusive Design, Buro Happold​
10:45  Coffee break
Parallel panel sessions

The Social Value of Engineering

​Chair: Dr Ine Steenmans, UCL


  • Dipa Joshi, Mayor’s Design Advocate
  • Michael Veale: PHd Researcher on Responsible Data, UCL

​Civil Engineering has always existed to meet social needs, whether that be the sewerage systems of the 19th century, energy grids or transport networks. In the 21st century we are grappling with an increasingly complex understanding of social needs, as will a diverse array of technologies that cross all scientific fields. This panel explores the relationship between the technological design of our cities and social justice outcomes

The Accessible City

Chair: Neil Smith, Buro Happold


  • Julie Fleck OBE, Construction Industry Council
  • Vicki Austin, Global Disability Innovation Hub
  • Jenny Cook, The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association
  • Sarah Lewis, RTPI

This event will examine what engineers are doing as a profession to deliver accessible cities and what do we mean by an accessible or an inclusive city. Our ageing society will have significant implications on our existing cities and fresh thinking is needed. Is the industry reacting to this in a positive manner and how can we marry the built environment with tech to develop a city ecosystem that is inclusive to all.


The City at Night

Chair: Amy Lamé , London Mayor’s Night Czar


  • Dr Ann Thorpe, UCL
  • Florence Lam, Arup Lighting
  • Enora Robin, UCL
  • Suzanne Bull, Attitude is Everything

Increasingly cities governments across the world are shifting their urban strategies towards valuing, managing and visioning the 24hour city. Chaired by London’s Night Czar, Amy Lamé, this session will explore the special requirements of infrastructure systems after dark. We will hear from a specialist in the accessibility of night time venues, as well as the role of urban lighting and transport provision for night-time workers.

The Feminist City

Chair: Ellie Cosgrave


  • Tiffany Lam, UCL
  • Kate Cairns,  Cairns Consultancy, Chair, ICE FIR 
  • Prof Maureen Fordham, Centre for Gender and Global Health
  • Keith Waller, Infrastructure & Projects Authority

We live in a hugely gendered society, where social roles and expectations drive differences in patterns of work and mobility as well as our perceptions of safety and security in the public realm. But are our infrastructure commissioning processes, design principles and standards equipped to interpret and include these gendered experiences? And is the engineering profession doing enough to ensure an inclusive workforce that can represent these needs effectively? This panel will explore how infrastructure is experienced by different genders, and how the lack of female representation in the industry may reinforce a male bias in design.

13:00  Lunch
Parallel workshops

Choreographing the city

Dr John Bingham-Hall
Theatrum Mundi and Dr. Adesola Akinyele, DancingStrong
A workshop led by Adesola Akinleye as part of the joint City Leadership Lab / Theatrum Mundi research project Choreographing the City.
Engineering uses empirical measurements of time and space to make predictions about the way physical systems will work. But there are also other ways of describing these phenomena that are embedded in the practices of dance making. Choreographic thinking has the potential to offer a different approach, seeing space as a set of mobile relationships and dividing time into rhythms rather than stable units of measurement.
In this workshop, Adesola will explore how somatic-thinking (Choreographic thinking) has the potential to challenge habitually used empirical measurements and therefore offers a different approach to envisioning the design of spaces. Using the architecture of the Institution of Civil Engineers as a study site, the session will explore how to analyse a building via the movement theories that draw on her experience as a dancer. Participatory reflective debate will explore implications on cross-cultural/specialist ideals, how we approach the physicality of urban spaces, and new design horizons.​

Divergent thinking and play for engineers  

Dr Jasmine Pradisitto, Quantum Artist

From one of the most watched TED talks ever by Sir Ken Robinson to a recent NASA research on the nature of genius, it is creativity and divergent thinking which leads to innovation; things that children do quite naturally and which are practiced by everyone from scientists to artists. Yet as we specialise in our chosen fields, we can sometimes forget how necessary it is to take risks, to allow fluency in our ideas not converging on the first solution, and to ​access our life experiences in finding the connections that can help us solve old problems in new ways. 
In this workshop, through a combination of hands-on activities such as making 3D bubbles and using giant Spirographs, and thinking tools which I have used for over 20 years with children and adults alike and which I use in my own practise as an artist, I hope to get participants to remember the joy in simply  ‘playing’ again. A great believer that the solutions we need are in our subconscious if we can allow the necessary connections to form, I will explain the creative process from preparation to incubation to verification and how it can be accessed; why I 
believe artists are so necessary in reframing how we see the world and our perspectives; why collaboration and nature are such inspirations  and why art and creativity will become increasingly important in a machine, information orientated world.  ​

Seeing it differently; the city and sight loss

Kirsty Kelley, Smart Cities Innovation Manager, ​The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association 

There are 2 million people with sight loss in the UK today, a figure predicted to rise to 4 million by 2050.  With a legacy of accessibility issues, how do we ensure the physical and virtual environments of our future cities are inclusive and welcoming places for all?  Using sight loss as our edge-case study, we will explore through discussion and example some of the opportunities and blockers potentially created by Smart Cities and invite engineers, designers, policy makers and planners to consider the challenges of putting all people, regardless of ability, at the heart of design and policy.

Experience rather than standards 

Fergus Anderson, Buro Happold,
This workshop will based on the concept of a design hackathon – looking  to task our engineering colleagues to consider at macro and micro scale the links between infrastructure  and mental health, neurodiversity and dementia.  The premise being that this is not about the application of design code, equations and algorithms, but rethinking the way we consider the world from an experiential perspective​.


Wrap up and drinks reception: What does this mean for engineering?

Chair: Zoe Henderson, UCL

  • Aaron Matthew, Transport for London
  • Simone Schmieder, ICE President’s Future Leader 2017-18​
  • Lottie McCarthy, Arup​
  • Ilja Panic, UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis​



Dr. Adesola Akinyele, Senior Lecturer, Middlesex University

Dr. Adesola Akinleye is an artist-scholar. She began her career as a dancer with Dance Theatre of Harlem, later establishing her own company DancingStrong. She is a guest teacher / choreographer in a number of institutions and companies in UK, Canada and USA including Dance Theatre of Harlem Summer program. 
Adesola is a Senior Lecturer at Middlesex University. Her choreographic work has been performed in Europe, the Caribbean and North America. She has been commissioned by Arts Councils Winnipeg (CA) and England, Suffolk County (USA), Dance North West, Dance Digital, Dancin’ Oxford, Manchester International Festival and Ludus Dance. 
Adesola was awarded the Bonnie Bird New Choreography Award in 2006, awarded a Trailblazers Fellowship by ADAD, 2007 and One Dance UK Champion Trailblazer 2017. Her interest in dance as a language for communication of embodied experience has led her to the Public Pedagogy of community informed starting points for art performance creation. Her performance work has a strong conceptual strand, ranging from concert dance to site-specific to installation-based performance. An overview of her work can be seen at www.dancingstrong.com

Fergus Anderson, Consultant, BuroHappold Engineering

Fergus joined BuroHappold in 2012 and works as a consultant in the practice’s sustainability team. He is a core member of BuroHappold’s Health, Wellbeing and Productivity specialism. Within this role, an increasing focus of his work has been to understand how our experience of the built environment is affected by issues relating to mental health, dementia and neurodiversity. Fergus is currently exploring this on a number of projects at both an urban and building scale. He is a passionate collaborator and the workshop that he will co-host will aim to encourage attendees to share their diverse knowledge and experiences of mental health in the context of the built environment, identifying barriers and interventions to facilitate the design of inclusive environments. 

Victoria Austin, Director and Co-Founder, Global Disability Innovation Hub (@GDIHub)

Victoria is Director of Strategy and Partnerships at the GDI Hub. GDI is a non-profit as well as a research centre in UCL, charged with the bold vision of building a movement to accelerate disability innovation for a fairer world.

The Hub is a partnership of public, private, community, educational and cultural institutions continuing the legacy from the Paralympic Games in London. It exchanges learning and practice with global partners focusing on the role innovation can play in tacking poverty and injustice through research, teaching, inclusive entrepreneurship, policy and practice. It is led by a board of disabled people from three continents and the chair is Paralympian, Lord Chris Holmes.

Previously Victoria was Head of Paralympic Legacy, Inclusion and Sports Participation at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park where she led the Paralympic Legacy Programme pre and post 2012. The Programme saw over £10m invested across the spectrum of disability arts and sports; jobs, skills and volunteering; inclusive design; National Paralympic Day Festival; and Mandeville Place - a public space to celebrate the Paralympics. It has been called the most successful legacy programme from any Paralympics. The Community Sport programme has reached over half a million people since the Games.

With has a background in urban regeneration, social justice and the NGO sector, Victoria has previously working in in other UK and European cities and has a Master’s degree from UCL in Social Development Practice.

Victoria is currently conducting research into the legacy from the Paralympic Games in London and is particularly interested in how the participation of traditionally excluded groups through co-production of both programmes and urban plans can deliver better long term outcomes for everyone.

John Bingham-Hall, Theatrum Mundi

John is a Research Assistant working on the Choreographing the City project within STEaPP's City Leadership Laboratory. He has a multi-disciplinary academic background spanning architectural and social theory as well as creative practice, holding a BMus (Music) from Goldsmiths College and an MSc (Advanced Architectural Studies) from UCL. His ongoing research interest is in the production of the urban public sphere, linking performative and material cultural practices with analysis of spatial and technological infrastructures, having recently completed a PhD in Architectural Space and Computation at the UCL Bartlett School of Architecture entitled 'The Blog and the Territory: placing hyperlocal media and its publics in a London neighbourhood'.
Since 2015, John has been the researcher for Theatrum Mundi, a network of practitioners and scholars from the arts and built environment disciplines based at LSE Cities. For Theatrum Mundi John devises and leads research projects creating exchange between built environment and arts practices around contemporary issues in urban culture and politics, through workshops, writing, and design challenges. He also holds a part-time post-doctoral fellowship in Global Cities with the Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme in Paris to undertake creative research around issues in the soundscapes of contemporary urbanisation in Paris. Beyond research, John has created programmes for meanwhile use and cultural spaces in London, and undertakes consulting for clients working in urban development.

Suzanne Bull, Chief Executive Officer, Attitude is Everything

Suzanne Bull MBE was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Attitude is Everything on 1st April 2008 after spending seven and a half years being its Project Manager.  She is disabled and has both a personal and professional interest in improving access to live music. Attitude is Everything improves Deaf and disabled people’s access to live music by working in partnership with audience, artists and the music industry.  Their Vision is that Deaf and Disabled People can be audience members, employees or artists at any live music event of their choice: music without barriers. 
She was honoured with an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in June 2013 for services to music, arts and disabled people.  She was also awarded Access All Areas Editor’s Award at the Event Production Awards 2015.  In February 2017, she was appointed as one of the Minister for Disabled People, Work and Health’s Sector Champions, who help to tackles the issues disabled people face as consumers.  
Suzanne represents the music industry, and she will use her influential status as a leader in her industry to promote the benefits of being inclusive to disabled people. In May 2017, she was listed in Power 100 - Britain’s most influential disabled people. 
In November 2017 she enrolled in Music Week’s Women In Music Awards Roll Of Honour – built is to provide lasting recognition to the executives who work hard to further both the interests of women in the music industry and the industry itself.

Kate Cairns, Cairns Consultancy

Kate has over two decades of experience in a variety of roles in the civil engineering sector including three years on Heathrow Terminal 5. 
After this she founded her consultancy practice in 2005, which specialises in safe, sustainable and responsible business practice within the construction and logistics sectors. Always scanning for new risks and opportunities she continuously strives for improvement, helping clients to challenge their status quo. She has been a key player in the inception and development of industry schemes such as CEEQUAL (sustainable civil engineering) and CLOCS (safe logistics).
Kate is a Chartered Civil Engineer, a Chartered Environmentalist, Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and a member of ICE Council.  She chairs the ICE fairness inclusion and respect (FIR) panel and sits on the editorial panel for the journal Engineering Sustainability. 
Kate has had papers and articles published on sustainability, safe logistics, active travel, and equality and diversity. She is a member of the BRE Global Governing body and a member of the Professional Speaking Association.

Jenny Cook, Head of Strategy & Research, Guide Dogs for the Blind

Jenny is Head of Strategy and Research at Guide Dogs. 
After gaining a BA (Hons) International Relations and Computer Science from Keele University, Jenny spent a year at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (1996) gaining a commission into the Intelligence Corps.  
Jenny served for seven years, (including tours of Kosovo, Afghanistan as well as Electronic Warfare postings). In 2003/4 she left the Army to join the Home Office for 2 years as a senior civil servant in fields of planning, performance and IT.  She joined Guide Dogs (2005) and has held various Director Posts.  
Jenny moved to her current post in 2011 focussing on research, the development of accessible digital solutions, whilst promoting inclusive environments that support those with sight loss live an independent life and participate in society. 

Ellie Cosgrave, City Leadership Lab, UCL

Dr Ellie Cosgrave is Lecturer in Urban Innovation within STEaPP's City Leadership Laboratory. She was previously a Research Associate on the EPSRC funded Liveable Cities Programme; an ambitious five-year programme of research to develop realistic and radical engineering solutions for achieving low carbon, resource secure UK cities in a way that maximises wellbeing. 
Dr Cosgrave's work explores transformative approaches to policy making and governance of cities. She undertook her Engineering Doctorate at the University of Bristol, sponsored by the Smart Cities team at Arup. Her thesis investigated the policy and governance implications of the Smart City agenda and devised a practical framework for local authorities attempting to invest in this area.

Julie Fleck, Greater London Authority

Julie is passionate about creating a built environment that is accessible and inclusive for everyone. Having started her career in local government as a town planner, Julie soon specialised in access for disabled people, helping to improve access and facilities for disabled people in the City of London. 

In 2001 Julie moved to the Greater London Authority where she developed the London Plan policies on inclusive design and wrote the Supplementary Planning Guidance 'Accessible London: Achieving an Inclusive Environment’. By providing technical access advice on strategic planning applications referred to the Mayor and contributing to the development of the Olympic Delivery Authority’s award winning Inclusive Design Strategy and Standards, Julie helped London deliver the ‘most accessible Olympic and Paralympic Games ever’. 

Following the success of London 2012, Julie became Project Lead on a Government Paralympic Legacy project aimed at stimulating a systematic change in the way built environment professionals are taught inclusive design – the Built Environment Professional Education Project (BEPE). Julie continued to lead the BEPE project when it moved to the Construction Industry Council in 2016, to help in its transition from a government driven project to an industry owned and led project. Julie is a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute, a Built Environment Expert (BEE) for Design Council CABE, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a member of the Access Association and the British Standards Institution Committee B/559 (responsible for developing standards on access for disabled people to buildings), and was awarded the OBE in 2004 for services to disabled people. 

Maureen Fordham, Professor, Centre for Gender and Global Health

Maureen Fordham BSc PhD is Professor of Gender and Disaster Resilience. She has been researching disasters since 1988 and is an expert on community-based disaster risk reduction and vulnerability analysis, focusing particularly on the inclusion of a range of marginalised social groups in disaster risk reduction. She was a founding member in 1997, and the current Coordinator of the Gender and Disaster Network (www.gdnonline.org). 
She has been a governmental adviser at all scales from local through national to the global UN level. She was closely involved in negotiations which led to the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030. 
She works with a number of NGOs and INGOs in developing gender responsive programmes and policies. She was a facilitator and researcher involved with developing a gender responsive National Resilience Programme for Bangladesh (launched August 2017) together with the Government of Bangladesh, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UN Women and the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS).

Zoe Henderson, UCL

Zoe's research is focused on the use of Circular Economic models in the Built Environment and will be undertaken in collaborating with project co-funder, Arup. Her objectives are to identify the key factors both supporting or hindering implementation and in doing so investigate the policy, behavioural and technical barriers. 
Before joining STEaPP Zoe studied at the University of Bath's department of Architecture and Civil Engineering where she completed an MEng in Civil Engineering. Zoe has previously worked for Transport for London where her role was to support the NEC Contract Supervisor on the Victoria Station Upgrade. During this time she worked on the Quality Management and HSE aspects of on site activities during the heavy civils and tunnelling phase of the project as well as third party liaison and infrastructure protection. 
Zoe is a student member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and was awarded the Kenneth Watson Travel Award to assist with the design and delivery of Sports Facilities in the Zambian capital of Lusaka.

Dipa Joshi, Director, Assael Architecture

Dipa is a director at Assael Architecture and Mayors Design Advocate. Dipa, is an architect who has worked for over 20 years’ in sectors including residential, commercial and acoustics. She is skilled at mixed-use regeneration and driven by creating and delivering sustainable diverse communities with social value. Her extensive experience in designing for Build to Rent contributed to the ULI’s Build to Rent: A Best Practice Guide. 
Outside the practice, she worked on secondment as programme manager for LB Brent in their Regeneration Team, and is on their Design Review Panel. Dipa is also a Future of London Mentor and a Board Member of the Catalyst Gateway Housing Charitable Trust.

Florence Lam, Fellow, Arup Lighting

Florence is an Arup Fellow and leads Arup’s global lighting design practice. Her particular expertise in daylight, visual perception and holistic lighting approach play a key role in many of her projects, from museums to airports, bridges to city precincts all over the world.  She was responsible for delivering a range of lighting projects for the London Olympic Games 2012. 
Other projects of significance in London include the Millennium Bridge, Tate Modern, Kings Cross Western Concourse, Leicester Square Garden and the British Museum World Conservation Centre.  
Her recent lighting masterplan projects include the Paddington Central and the Bermondsey development.  Florence was named the Lighting Designer of the Year at the UK Lighting Design Awards in 2013. She is also the recipient of the Lighting Award from the Society of Light and Lighting in 2014.

Tiffany Lam, Urban Researcher

Tiffany is an urban researcher whose work focuses gender and inclusivity, sustainability, and cycling equity. She is a researcher on the "Transforming the Engineering of Cities: A Gender Perspective" project at CLI and UCL STEaPP.
Tiffany is also an MSc candidate at LSE Cities where she is writing her dissertation on enhancing equity and inclusion in city cycling. Her research focuses on how transportation policy and infrastructure shape cycling behaviour. She is particularly interested in how greater consideration of axes of identity (gender, race, class, sexuality, etc.) in policy and infrastructure design, thinking, and process can optimise social justice outcomes in cities. Her work on the Engineering Cities: A Gender Lens is complementary to her dissertation and draws on her undergraduate background in Women’s Studies and prior work experience at a Civil Rights law firm in Washington, DC.

Amy Lamé, London Mayor’s Night Czar

Amy Lamé is London’s first Night Czar. 
Amy has a long and successful track record as a leader and collaborator in the cultural and creative industries. She is co-founder of the Olivier Award winning arts company and club night Duckie, and has hosted the club every Saturday at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern for 21 years. 
She also DJs at various club nights across the capital. Amy co-founded and is former chair of RVT Future, a voluntary LGBT+ community group campaigning to preserve the iconic Royal Vauxhall Tavern. She is at the very heart of the conversation about venues under threat of closure in London.
She served as Mayoress of Camden in 2010-2011, and spent her year highlighting the history and culture of live music and nightlife in the borough. Amy is a familiar presence on TV, in print and on radio, especially to Londoners. She co-presented, alongside Danny Baker, for a decade on BBC London 94.9’s legendary SONY award winning shows. 
Amy now presents her own show on BBC 6 music every Sunday from 4-6pm. Her debut book, From Prejudice to Pride: A History of the LGBT+ Movement – the UK's first LGBT+ history book for young people– was published by Hachette in May 2017.

Sarah Lewis, Planning Practice Officer, The Royal Town Planning Institute

Sarah Lewis, MRTPI is the Planning Practice Officer at The Royal Town Planning Institute, the UK's leading planning body for spatial, sustainable and inclusive planning and the largest planning institute in Europe. Sarah leads on the RTPI’s CPD advice for planners and is responsible for the RTPI’s Practice Advice series and has recently written advice on Dementia and Town Planning. She has an ongoing interest in planning for older people, health, well-being and equality.

Professor Lord Robert Mair, President, Institution of Civil Engineers

Robert was appointed Professor of Geotechnical Engineering at Cambridge University in 1998. He is now the Sir Kirby Laing Professor of Civil Engineering. 
In 2011 he became Chief Engineering Adviser to the Laing O'Rourke Group and Chairman of their Engineering Excellence Group. As well as working on many international tunnelling and deep excavation projects, Robert has been closely involved with the Jubilee Line Extension for London Underground, the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (now HS1) and Crossrail. 
Robert was Senior Vice-President of the Royal Academy of Engineering 2008-11 and was awarded the ICE Gold Medal in 2004 and the President's Medal in 2013. He was Chairman of the Royal Society/Royal Academy of Engineering Report on Review of Shale Gas and Hydraulic Fracturing for the Government, published in 2012. 
More recently, he became Chairman of the newly formed Science Advisory Council of the Department for Transport.  
In October 2015 he was appointed to the House of Lords as an independent crossbencher. As a crossbencher, Robert will owe no allegiance to a political party and will maintain the ability to take part in legislative debates free of party considerations.

Aaron Matthew, Civil Engineer, Transport for London

Aaron Matthew is a graduate Civil Engineer who has been working with Transport for London for the last two years. 
In his year as Presidents Apprentice under Sir John Armitt, Aaron worked on a number of projects for the “this is civil engineering programme”. The year as Presidents Apprentice culminated in working with the London region to start #Pitch200 a competition to promote engineers as public speakers. Aaron currently is sitting as a Future Leader on the ICE Project 13 committee looking at developing tools for the Capable owner workstream. 
When not working to meet the Mayors affordable housing targets for London, or helping shake up the industry with the ICE, he is busy trying to finish his various half-completed art projects.

Sadie Morgan, Director at dRMM Architects and Commissioner at National Infrastructure Commission

Sadie Morgan is a founding director of Stirling Prize winning architecture practice dRMM, alongside Alex de Rijke and Philip Marsh. The studio is recognised for creating innovative, high quality and socially useful architecture. dRMM’s recent high profile projects include Hastings Pier, Trafalgar Place at Elephant & Castle, Maggie’s Oldham and Faraday House at the Battersea Power Station.
Sadie chairs the Independent Design Panel for High Speed Two, is a commissioner  of the National Infrastructure Commission and commissioner of the Thames Estuary  2050 Growth Commission. Sadie was appointed as a Mayor’s design advocate for the  Greater London Authority and non-executive director of the Major Project Association  in 2017.
Sadie lectures internationally on the work of dRMM and the importance of  infrastructure which connects back to people and place. In 2013 she became the  youngest president of the Architectural Association, and in 2016 she was appointed  professor at the University of Westminster and awarded an honorary doctorate from London South Bank University. In 2017, she was named New Londoner of the Year at the New London Awards for her work championing the importance of design at the highest political level.

Jasmine Pradissitto, Quantum Artist

Pradissitto’s  'Quantum Sculptures' in light embrace the dual world of the Physicist and Artist as she continues her search for a ‘Brave New World Aesthetic’. Described as ‘holograms you can touch’ her sculptures inspired by nature, the human condition and scientific breakthroughs, are melted and reshaped from plastics using an innovative process, as a commentary on an Anthropocene world slowly being reshaped by the things we consume and then discard. She is an experimentalist and self-confessed ideas addict. Based in South London, she has a Ph. D from The Engineering department at UCL on the quantum behaviour of silicon and has studied fine art at Goldsmiths College and Sir John Cass. 
Currently represented by Marine Tanguy as an internationally exhibiting artist, she has also for the last 20 years, been director of an education consultancy Proeducation, working in thousands of schools and institutions, delivering workshops on STEAM. She continues to which speak publicly about the power of creativity, play and connective thinking in aiding our transformation and reinvention in an increasingly automated 21st century world.

Enora Robin, PhD Candidate, UCL

Enora is a PhD candidate in urban policy within the department's City Leadership Laboratory. Her work focuses on the production and use of knowledge for the design and implementation of urban strategies at various scales and across policy sectors. She is currently involved in a doctoral research project investigating the politics of urban knowledge production for large scale regeneration projects in London and Cape Town. As part of her work, she is also focusing on how the use of specific policy instruments/calculation tools shape the outcomes of urban policy. A recent example of her work in 
that field has been to look into Night Time Transport planning in London and its impact on night-time workers commute.

Simone Schmieder

Simone is one of the President’s future leaders for 2018. Simone is Graduate Geotechnical Engineer at engineering consultancy Wood Thilsted.

Neil Smith, Head of Inclusive Design, BuroHappold

Head of Inclusive Design at BuroHappold, Neil has over 20 years’ experience in specifying and negotiating access to the built environment for disabled people, and is well versed in the requirements of the Equality Act 2010 and the previous Disability Discrimination Acts (1995 and 2005).
Specialising in inclusive design, Neil’s projects aim for the highest quality inclusive environments. Working within a multi-disciplinary environment, Neil understands the need to communicate the application of inclusive design standards; looking to exceeding minimum requirements in order to deliver an inclusive environment that provides equality of experience for all users.
Neil was the author of the RTPI award winning Olympic Delivery Authority’s ‘Inclusive Design Standards’. He sits on BSI Committee for B/559 Access to buildings for disabled people and has been a long-standing Design Council CABE Built Environment Expert.
Neil has recently been appointed as one of the Mayor of London’s design advocates to support his “Good growth by design” programme.

Ine Steenmans, Foresight Expert, UCL

Dr Ine Steenmans is a ‘Foresight’ expert based at the UCL Department for Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP). Her work focuses primarily on enhancing the effectiveness and efficiency by which futures methods (e.g. visioning, horizon scanning, scenarios, roadmapping) are used in public and strategic decision analysis. 
Prior to joining UCL, Ine worked as an analyst within the UK Foresight programme within the Government Office for Science. Before that she worked as an urban planning consultant at BuroHappold. 
Ine has an MEng in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Cambridge University, an MSc in International Planning (UCL) and an Engineering Doctorate (EngD) from the UCL Centre for Urban Sustainability and Resilience. Her doctoral research focused on the real-world use of qualitative Operational Research methods within infrastructure planning practices.

Dr Ann Thorpe, UCL 

Ann joined STEaPP in 2015 as MPA Programme Officer and Adjunct Teaching Fellow. Her background is in sustainable design and the spatial and material politics that surround it.
Ann has published a number of papers and two books, The Designers Atlas of Sustainability and Architecture and Design versus Consumerism. Her work examines design’s role in sustainable consumption, activism, and innovation, particularly moving from reformist to transformative policies. She has lectured internationally on these topics and audiences describe her accessible and generously illustrated talks as “brain-opening,” “intriguing and insightful,” and full of “unusual angles.”
Ann received her PhD in Design and Innovation from the Open University, her Masters in Energy and Resources from the University of California at Berkeley, and her BSc in Design and Environment from Stanford University.

Michael Veale, PhD student, UCL

Michael Veale became a Cumberland Lodge Scholar in 2016 and is a PhD student at University College London (UCL), working across the Departments of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP) and Computer Science.   

Keith Waller, Senior Advisor, Infrastructure Projects Authority

Keith Waller is a Senior Adviser to the Infrastructure and Projects Authority in HM Treasury.  A Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Keith has been involved in nuclear, energy and infrastructure projects for 30 years, starting on the design of Sizewell B in the 1980s and leading a number of major projects in both the UK and overseas. 
Keith works across government and industry to improve the performance of infrastructure, building skills and delivery capability.  This includes working with major clients in the UK and internationally on strategic infrastructure planning, establishing the right conditions for investment, project appraisal and initiatives to improve the front end of major, complex projects and programmes 
through the Project Initiation Routemap. He sits on the Infrastructure Client Group, the Infrastructure Working Group of the Green Construction Board and the Government Construction Board. He is a member of the Government’s Growth and Enterprise Board, the Digital Built Britain Steering Group and the Offshore Wind Programme Board and authored the recent National Infrastructure Plan for Skills.

Event venue

Institution of Civil Engineers
One Great George Street
London SW1P 3AA
United Kingdom

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