Meet the Team
The Association of Collaborative design was hatched by people who wanted to champion participatory design, community engagement and extend the opportunity to collaborate and connect knowledge, skills, and resources.
We want to operate as a collaborative network. There is a team of ours working to shape up the ACD. Please find out more about who we are below.
Director | Co Founder
Sarah is the Director of Landsmith Associates, a landscape architecture and urban design consultancy based in Bristol. She is passionate about the collaborative and interdisciplinary design process to inspire new places for people and nature, which contribute to health and well-being from detail design to strategy. Sarah is a Fellow of the Landscape Institute, Design Council Expert, member of the Design West Review Panel and founder of Bristol Soundwalks.
Dr Jo Morrison
Director | Co Founder | Research and Policy
Jo operates at the intersection of research, design and enterprise. Focusing on digital innovation and multidisciplinary collaboration, she aims to create more pleasurable, sustainable and citizen-centred environments through digital placemaking practices. Jo is a fellow of the Institute of Place Management, Industry Champion for the Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre, Digital Placemaking Consultant for the Bristol+Bath Creative R&D
Director | Training and Events
Nataly is a passionate community engagement leader, urban planning strategist with specialist experience in designing and managing innovative participatory strategies and community-driven design initiatives.
Trained in architecture, urban design and sustainability, she has experience in leading projects in the public and private sector, working across cultures and disciplines. Her previous employers include humanitarian organisations, charities, start-ups, local authorities and design studios.
Kara de los Reyes
Co Secretary | Events
Kara is an Architect and Founder of TerraLupa, a platform for ecological regeneration and re-establishing our connection to nature, encouraging design that promotes positive integration with local ecosystems and communities. She runs the Co-Lab Studio for AWW in Bristol and is a part-time Associate Lecturer at the University of West England. Kara is also a Board Director for international organisation Land is Life and local organisation Artspace Lifespace, and has been part of the TEDxBristol
Dr May Abdelhakeem Newisar
Co Secretary | Researcher and Editorial
May is an Urban Designer and PhD student in planning and Environmental management at the University of Manchester. May's research focuses on UNESCO's World Heritage sites to understand the tensions and conflicts on the policy level and how these tensions are reflected in practice.
She had been involved in different projects and initiatives in Egypt and the UK which included archiving, documenting and raising the awareness of the local community through involving them in the design process.
Co Founder | Communciations
Marisa is a freelance communications producer working across private and third sectors. She brings experience from the fields of architecture, public advice, design, education and digital placemaking, creating resources and sharing knowledge across disciplines. She is passionate about the user centred design, creation and sustainability of accessible spaces and practical tools.
Membership and Editoral
Alex is the co-founder of The Human Restoration Project, an international active permaculture designer and teacher, an experienced community development worker and a recent MA Landscape Architect graduate. As someone living with ADHD, Alex work is based on the desire to find simplicity in complexity and create meaningful connections. She uses a panoply of embodied tools to aid her work, including systemic mapping and natural movement. She is currently supporting the creation and shaping of community and commercially focused projects in the UK, France and Ghana.
Dr Cara Classenn
Events and training
Cara's doctoral research examines how residents of Cape Town practice and negotiate togetherness in the city and has a BA Hons in Political Science, International Relations, Public Policy and Development Studies from the Universities of Cape Town and a Masters in Cities and Global Development from the University of Sheffield. She has worked as a researcher with housing coalitions, research institutes and universities in South Africa and the United Kingdom on projects ranging from migration and xenophobia; community-led development and affordable housing alternatives; African urbanism and informality; urban infrastructure and inequality; middle-class urban anxiety; and loneliness in cities
Non Executive and Advisory Group
Dr Noha Nasser
Past Director | Co-Founder
Noha is an urban designer, academic and social entrepreneur. She is the founding Director of MELA Social Enterprise on a mission to design inclusive public spaces. Noha is a Council of Europe Intercultural Cities Expert in Public Space and Fellow of the RSA. She co-edits the Journal, Urban Design International and is the author of the award-winning book ‘Bridging Cultures: the guide to social innovation in cosmopolitan cities’ (2015)
Non Executive Director | Co-founder
Katie is a Director of Place Studio, a small planning and urban design consultancy based in Bristol. Over the last ten years, she and her team at Place Studio have been working to place community engagement at the heart of planning and design processes. Katie has worked with a wide range of organisations, from developers to local authorities, to parish and town councils and charities such as Rural Community Councils and Planning Aid Wales.
Dr Laura B Alvarez
Laura is an urban designer with a background in architecture; she completed her PhD at the University of Nottingham in the subject of social sustainability, engagement and placemaking. Mixing the worlds of practice, academia and local authority, Laura specialises in developing practical but effective tools to assess and increase place quality and place democracy. In her position at Nottingham City Council, Laura developed the Design Quality Framework, the first application of the UK National Design Guide at a local level, which preceded the National Model Design Code. Part of this work included the creation of the Co-PLACE platform. Through her work, Laura currently champions three main causes: climate action, social inclusion and health and wellbeing, which she promotes through journalism and academic writing. Speaks English and Spanish.
Dr Kate Langham
Non Executive Director | Co Founder
Kate is Senior Co-Design Lead at Policy Lab UK. Kate works on projects across government to reimagine policymaking using people-centred design approaches. Her PhD research focused on co-design for the built environment, developing community-led urban developments. Kate was Creative Director for Interface, a global leader in sustainable floor coverings and Programme Leader at Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton. She lectures at conferences and universities around the world, sharing her passion for co-design.