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Ian Tod on 07595 691895 or riba.yorkshire@inst.riba.org

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Week One:  March 08 2012 6pm to 8.15 pm

Opening Words: Ian Tod will open the new 2012 series

CHAIR: Claire Morrow, Welcome to Yorkshire

Clare Morrow is the Chair of Welcome to Yorkshire, the tourism marketing agency which has just won the World's Best Marketing Campaign for the second year running at the World Travel Awards.  A journalist, and previously the Controller of News and Programmes at ITV Yorkshire, she is a non executive director of the Rugby Football League and the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.  She is also on the Board of Sheffield Theatres, and a Trustee and school governor at Hollybank Trust in Mirfield which provides homes and education for children and adults with profound learning disabilities.

SPEAKER ONE: Dr Lindsay Smales, Leeds Metropolitan University

Lindsay is Senior Lecturer in Planning, Housing and Geography at Leeds Metropolitan University, where he also teaches on their innovative MA in Urban Design. He has his own urban design and community planning consultancy, Urbanalysis. He has worked with a wide range of organisations including Llewellyn-Davies, Leeds City Council, Yorkshire Forward, Incredible Edible Todmorden, The British Council and the United Nations. He specialises in the production of urban design frameworks and guidance, the evaluation of design based projects and training non-designers in the best practice principles of urbanism. Lindsay is also the UK’s lead provider of urban design education via Distance Learning.

He was born and brought up in Leeds, where he has spent most of his professional life. He has written extensively on the design and development of Leeds City Centre and works with local inner city communities, such as Headingley and Kirkstall, on strategies for their sustainable regeneration.

SPEAKER TWO: Dick Gleeson, Dublin City Council

Dick Gleeson is Dublin City Planner and has overall responsibility for strategic/forward planning and development management in the city. He is a member of the Senior Management Team in Dublin City Council and sits on the boards of The Grangegorman Development Agency and the Academy of Urbanism.

Dick Gleeson is a committed urbanist and has championed the development of the 6 “themes”, a systems-type framework, within the Dublin City Council, which are now embedded in the City Plan and provide the main structure to the Corporate Plan. He has a major interest in sustainability and has been responsible for introducing the “Natural Step” to Dublin where it now forms the bedrock of the City Development Plan. The “Natural Step” methodology has had a major impact on strategic thinking in Dublin.

He has been strongly associated with the launch of the Freiburg Charter and is in the process of adapting and developing the Charter in the context of Dublin’s inner city.

Dick has been centrally involved in the recent development of a Public Realm Strategy for Dublin. He has also managed the International Urban Advisory Panel for Dublin for almost a decade. He has sat on several major juries for architectural competitions including the competition for Dublin’s “spire”. He is an Honorary member of the Royal Institute of Irish Architects (RIAI).

SPEAKER THREE: Paul Simmons, Igloo

Paul is currently responsible for Igloo projects in Holbeck Urban Village in Leeds and involved in a number of emerging projects across the North West including the new Jessica Fund for Merseyside. Having worked with a variety of public, private and ‘not for profit’ organisations his experience and skills on the planning and delivery of complex mixed use regeneration projects are particularly focused on place-making and creating value through sustainable investment.

Paul’s experience encompasses development management with some of the UK’s largest house building companies on housing led regeneration, to work with the Princes Foundation across the UK and various joint venture vehicles including Isis Waterside Regeneration, English Cities Fund and Blueprint

Prior to joining Igloo, Paul returned to the public sector to lead a Development Team for Liverpool City Council involved in the Liverpool One Project and Kings Waterfront.

Paul has also previously been a member of Regeneration Boards in Little Germany in Bradford, Ancoats in Manchester and also in Rochdale and Halton

SPEAKER FOUR: Stephen Hodder, Hodder and Partners

Stephen Hodder was educated at the School of Architecture, University of Manchester, where he gained a Distinction in the Bachelor of Architecture degree. Following University he joined Building Design Partnership in 1981 and became a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1982. He has been in practice since 1983.

Hodder + Partners has now won over major thirty awards, most notably the Royal Fine Art Commission / Sunday Times Building of the Year Award for Colne Swimming Pool in 1992, and the inaugural Stirling Prize for Architecture for the Centenary Building, University of Salford in 1996.

Stephen has written and lectured widely, has been a visiting examiner at a number of schools of architecture and was until recently the visiting professor at the Birmingham School of Architecture. He regularly acts as an assessor for architectural competitions and awards systems. He was awarded an MBE for services to architecture in the Queens Birthday Honours List, 1998. He received an honorary doctorate in 2006 from the Manchester Metropolitan University for his regional, national and international contribution to architecture and won the Roses Design Award of ‘Architect of the Year’ in the same year.

He is currently RIBA Vice President of Membership, Nations and Regions, RIBA Board Member and Trustee and sits on design review panels for both Design Council CABE and Places Matter!

Claire Morrow

Dr Lindsay Smales

Dick Gleeson

Stephen Hodder

Paul Simmons

Ian Tod