Laura B. Alvarez
Laura is the East Midlands Convenor for the Urban Design Group and was amongst the first recognised urban design practitioners in the UK. Currently, she is developing the Design Quality Framework for Nottingham City and its Co-PLACE learning programme.
At the University of Nottingham, Laura researched applicable theory on socially sustainable urban design. She worked in higher education and she is now a guest lecturer at Universities of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent and Manchester.
Her 20 years of work in architectural and urban practice include consultancy for the award winning Trent Basin scheme in Nottingham. She also assisted authorities reviewing the design of residential developments and provided urban design and master planning training to house builders, recently supporting Redrow Homes in the development of their Placemaking Guide.
Laura is also a qualified Community Organiser and has worked closely with local groups and residents designing innovative ways of bottom-up engagement and co-design. She has contributed to communities with the development of their Neighbourhood Plans. She co-runs alkiki, a CIC dedicated to help communities and authorities in need of built environment resources and skills and she had an active role in launching and co-running the Urban Room where she acts as Lead Curator.
Laura is a local host for the Place Alliance and she sits at the Design: Midlands and South West Review Panels. She is a published critic, radio and TV commentator. Her work includes contributions towards the Design Companion for Planning and Placemaking, BBC broadcasting and the Telegraph news.