Dinah Bornat is co-director of ZCD Architects, a research-led practice based in London who work on residential, community and commercial projects. ZCD are UK research experts in child friendly design and use their knowledge to help clients on a range of project sizes from large scale masterplans to small scale developments. Their approach encompasses urban design, detailed design and child and youth centred engagement, using an innovative approach that bridges the gap between lived experience and project objectives.
Dinah has co-authored a number of books and reports which support architects, planners and developers to design for and engage with children and young people. These include ‘Child friendly planning policy in the UK: A review’ and ‘Neighbourhood Design: Working with children towards a child friendly city.’ The work has had an impact at a local, London, UK and international level through new policy and guidance.
Dinah is a Mayor’s Design Advocate, a design review panel member for Harrow and Hounslow Councils and an advisor on planning policy and strategic developments across London.