B.Arch, MA, DMS, PPRTPI, RIBA, IHBC.
As a practice based professional Colin has a limited research profile. However, through the School of Architecture Planning and Landscape at Newcastle University where he has a role as Visiting Professor of Practice, he is leading a long-running Linked Academic / Practice Research Project investigating the extent which close engagement in “Quality of Place” in Neighbourhood Planning can reduce resistance to development.
Colin leads and coordinates the teaching of the Urban Design : Guidance Incentive and Control module and contributes to teaching on the Spatial Planning : Critical Practice and Urban Design : Layout, Density and Typology modules. He also supervises students taking the Major Project option.
Colin is an Architect-Planner with over 40 years experience. Up to 1999 he ran a large multi-disciplinary Environmental Design Team for Newcastle City Council and Specialist Conservation services for the 5 Tyne and Wear Districts. His work there included initiating the Europa Nostra Award winning Grainger Town regeneration programme.
He spent 10 years as Urban Design Director for Ryder (a major architectural practice) and now runs an independent specialist consultancy.
He has been intensely involved in the work of the Royal Town Planning Institute since 1990 - led the development of its’ Urban Design Network, was the Institute’s National President in 2012 and currently Chairs its Membership and Ethics Committee.
As a Regional Representative and Enabler he was a major contributor to the work of the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment throughout its life – activity which he continues with Design Council CABE as a Built Environment Expert and a Member of their Joint Review Panel with Oxford City Council.
Between 2012 and 2016 he was the only non-London based Member of Boris Johnson’s London Mayor’s Design Advisory Group. He is an independently appointed Member of the Planning Committee for the Old Oak Park Royal Mayoral Development Corporation and a member of numerous other planning, design review and awards assessment panels.
He is a Dean and Chapter appointed Member of the Fabric Advisory Committee and Fabric Strategy Group for Durham Cathedral.