This is a rare thing in a conservation world that is often more concerned with the static preservation of artefacts than the creative layering of buildings and places that ensures that our towns and cities remain dynamic and relevant.
Intelligent, contemporary architecture and placemaking are not inconsistent with a sensitivity to history.
He promotes creative and contemporary interventions in individual buildings and for areas of our towns and cities that elaborate their essential authenticity and sense of place while embracing the new.
Robert has worked on heritage and regeneration schemes for public and private bodies including arts organisations, the London Legacy Development Corporation, Argent Group PLC, Network Rail and Thames Water.
Projects have ranged from advice on individual houses and Heritage Lottery Fund bids for the re-use of listed public buildings to urban design proposals for Birmingham’s civic quarter and a heritage-led regeneration strategy for the creative quarter at Hackney Wick.
He has worked with a range of consultants recently, including: AZ Urban Studio, Drivers Jonas Deloitte, dRMM architects, Glenn Howells Architects and muf architecture/art.
As a qualified heritage planner and urban designer, Robert combines a record as a leading design professional in local government and private consultancy with a career as an award-winning writer, including as editor of Building Design and as an architecture critic for national newspapers.
He has worked in the UK and Australia and was at the inception of the regeneration initiatives for Shoreditch and Dalston in East London.
He is a member of ICOMOS (the International Council On Monuments and Sites) that advises UNESCO on world heritage matters with a specialism in heritage at risk.
Great design ideas and sound analysis aren’t always sufficient in themselves. The success of a scheme also demands setting out strong arguments and communicating the narrative and vision that underpin a project in order to convince clients, stakeholders and decision-makers of its merits.
As well as writing cogent, well-researched
reports, Robert’s unique skillset means that he is able to bring continuity to all written stages of a development – from competition entries, heritage reports and planning submissions to branding, copywriting, and media strategies.
He takes on only those projects he believes in so that he can use his first-rate communications skills to be an effective advocate.