In the summer of 2019, The Architecture Centre, and the Landscape Institute held a series of workshops in Bristol bringing people together to talk about participatory design, community engagement and diversity.


There was a real buzz at the workshops and a sense that people wanted to continue the conversation, the learning and the sharing. 


The Association of Collaborative design was hatched by people who carried on after the workshops, getting together to explore how to extend the opportunity to collaborate and connect their knowledge, skills and resources.


We want to operate as a collaborative network. There is a team of us working to shape up the ACD. Find out more about who we are below.

Dr Noha Nasser
Noha is an urban designer, academic and social entrepreneur. She is 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)
Sarah Jones-Morris
Sarah is the Director of Landsmith Associates, landscape architecture and urban design consultancy based in Bristol. She established the consultancy in 2017 after 20 years in practice. She is passionate about the collaborative 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, Chair of the Landscape Institute South West, member of the Design West Review Panel.
Katie Lea
Katie is a Director of Place Studio, a small planning and urban design consultancy based in Bristol, and over the last 10 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 JoMorrison
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 the
Dr Kate Langham
Kate is a designer and academic who specialises in participatory design processes. Her research focuses 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 has lectured at conferences and universities around the world, sharing her passion for user-centred design.
Marisa Harlington
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.
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