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Brian - Jean - Don - Leslie

BRIAN WATERS
MA DipArch(Cantab) DipTP RIBA MRTPI PPACA FRSA

BRIAN is principal of architects and planning consultants The Boisot Waters Cohen Partnership, founded in 1972.
He is chairman of the London Planning & Development Forum and joint publishing editor of Planning in London, its journal, a director of Land Research Unit Ltd which publishes the journal and a partner in Studio & Gallery Crown Reach. Planning in London won Magazine of the Year (non weekly) 2007 at the International Building Press Awards.
A chartered architect, he studied at Cambridge University; a chartered town planner, he studied at the Polytechnic of Central London. He went to the City of London School, is a Freeman of the City of London and a founder member of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects, where he was elected Master in 2002.
As a graduate he worked for the City of London Corporation, as a housing architect at the GLC and with Shankland/Cox where he was team leader for the Hampstead Garden Suburb Conservation Plan. He has served on policy groups on transport and London regional policy under Peter Walker and John Boyd-Carpenter.
He has written for most of the professional journals and has received four commendations as Architectural Journalist of the Year for his articles in Building, AJ and RIBAJ. He contributed a chapter in the book on Lord Foster's Tokyo Tower and writes a monthly planning guidance column for the Architects Journal.
He has tutored at PCL and Cambridge and lectured at the AA, PNL and Welsh Schools of Architecture, presented a paper to the 1997 ACA annual conference and has contributed to the 1998 and 2000 induction courses for civil servants on planning at the DETR/ODPM. In 2006 he chaired the Architects' Journal planning update conference and opens their June 2007 Refurbishing Existing Buildings conference.
He is a past president of the Cities of London & Westminster Society of Architects and was elected to the RIBA Council in 1987. He was elected RIBA Vice-President, Marketing and chairman of the Marketing Committee 1988-90 and again for 1991-2. He chaired the National Architecture Conference held in London in 1991.
He was appointed chairman of the London Planning & Development Forum in July 1990; the Forum includes representatives of central and local Government and the private sector including DCLG, English Heritage, GOL, GLA, BPF, RIBA, RICS, RTPI, London borough chief planning officers, the CBI, UCL and the TCPA and generally meets at one of its members, generally the Government Office for London, GLA, UCL, RIBA or the RICS.
He was the only private sector member of the CLG steering group contributing to the Killian-Pretty review of planning in 2009.
He is President [for 2007-09, re-elected 2010-11] of the Association of Consultant Architects. He was elected a member of the council in 1997. He is a Past-Master of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects. He is a member of the RAC and Hurlingham Clubs. He was elected president of the Old Citizens' Association, alumni of the City of London School, for 2005-06.
His recreations include dressage, tennis, Siberian huskies, painting, throwing (pots) and growing fruit, lavender and vines in Catalunya. In 1997 he was elected a member of the Society of Architect Artists and exhibited with them in December 1997 and in March 1998 at the RIBA. His first solo exhibition NFS* took place at Leighton House, Kensington in December 2002 (*NotForSale ).
Brian was highly commended in the 2007 London Planning Awards for 'best personal contribution'; these awards are made by the Mayor, London First and the RTPI.
He was appointed vice-chairman (professions) of the National Planning Forum effective 1st January 2010 and chairman from September 2011.

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BRIAN WATERS MA DipArch (Cantab) DipTP RIBA MRTPI PPACA FRSA
BRIAN is principal of architects and planning consultants The Boisot Waters Cohen Partnership, founded in 1972. A chartered architect, he studied at Cambridge University; a chartered town planner, he studied at the Polytechnic of Central London. He went to the City of London School and St John's College, Cambridge, is a a founder member of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects, where he was elected Master in 2002.
As a graduate he worked for the City of London Corporation, as a housing architect at the GLC and with Shankland/Cox where he was team leader for the Hampstead Garden Suburb Conservation Plan.
He has written for most of the professional journals and has received four commendations as Architectural Journalist of the Year for his articles in Building, AJ and RIBAJ. He has tutored at PCL and Cambridge and lectured at the AA, PNL and Welsh Schools of Architecture. He is a past president of the Cities of London & Westminster Society of Architects and was elected to the RIBA Council in 1987. He was elected RIBA Vice-President, Marketing and chairman of the Marketing Committee 1988-90 and again for 1991-2. He chaired the National Architecture Conference held in London in 1991.
He is immediate past President [2007-09, re-elected 2010-11] of the Association of Consultant Architects.
Brian was highly commended in the 2007 London Planning Awards for 'best personal contribution'; these awards are made by the Mayor, London First and the RTPI. He was appointed chairman of the London Planning & Development Forum in July 1990; the Forum includes representatives of central and local Government and the private sector. He was the only private sector member of the CLG steering group contributing to the Killian-Pretty review of planning in 2009. He was appointed vice-chairman (professions) of the National Planning Forum effective 1st January 2010 and chairman from September 2011.

DONALD NEEDHAM
BSc(Hons) Dip Arch (Lond) RIBA

is a chartered architect who first worked with BWCP in 1980 and later rejoined the practice in 1987, and was appointed project director in 1989.

Prior to joining the practice he had extensive experience in public sector housing, university and welfare projects. He worked on an office relocation programme for British Telecom, in the process preparing a property maintenance manual for their estates department. He was project architect at ORMS for the RIBA Award winning headquarters building for Next plc.

At BWCP, experience has varied from working on a major teaching hospital in the Caribbean, preparing inner city shopping centre proposals, the first purpose built Aparthotel in the UK, a major hotel proposal in central London, to office developments in outer London.

Recent work has an emphasis on projects that require unusual planning consents. The practice has pioneered the Ôlive-workÕ concept in the re-use of redundant office or industrial buildings in central London and Class E 'flexible use' planning permissions for schemes where future use may need to change with market conditions.

Currently he is involved in preparing the masterplan for a girls' school sports campus in North London and residential schemes in Spain.

LESLIE ROBINSON entered private practice with BWCP in 1973 after seven years in Local Government as a planner with the London Borough of Southwark. He became an Associate of BWCP in 1978.

He was elected a Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute in 1979 and gained a Diploma in Management Studies in 1982. In the course of his career, he has dealt with all aspects of the town planning process from Comprehensive Redevelopment, to Development Plan Preparation as well as Development Control. He has presented numerous Appeal cases by written representations and hearings, and has appeared at Public Inquiries. He has worked for a wide range of clients including: the following:

Public sector: Department of the Environment (consultancy on Inner City Policy); Countryside Commission (development of the Urban Fringe initiative "Operation Groundwork") and the Scottish Development Agency (Glasgow Eastern Area Renewal).

Private Sector: Wassal plc (feasibility studies - residential redevelopment of industrial premises in Lancashire) Fairbriar Homes plc (residential development sites in Sussex, Surrey and Kent) Serco plc (extension to B1 development in Camberley, Surrey) Hart and Co. - establishment of estate agency chain in retail areas, NW London J. Ladwa Ltd - rest homes/nursing homes in NW London Bowden Freight International - depot in Gotham, Notts. emap plc - temporary exhibition site, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, Sugar Reef Restaurant, London WC1 - removal of condition on planning permission, Educational/Charity/Voluntary Central Foundation Schools - redevelopment of educational premises, Islington. University College School - sports centre. Carmel College - residential development on campus in AONB. South Hampstead High School - swimming pool and tennis complex, West Hampstead.Knightsbridge Association - objections to Local Plans for City of Westminster and Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Transport

SUSTRANS - feasibility work, National Cycle Network in Sussex and Kent Surveys 1988 - he managed the survey of pedestrians using Hove Seafront which was given as evidence to the Home Office and DoT in connection with the proposed cycle route along the Promenade. 1993-4 Working with Richard Jones he helped with cordon surveys of cyclists in Horsham and Chichester as part of area studies for the respective District Councils and West Sussex County Council. 1996 as a Cycle Challenge project for DoT he designed and analysed the user questionnaires for tests of carriage of cycles on externally mounted racks on service buses 1997/8 for Sustrans and West Sussex County Council he designed and managed the analysis of actual and potential cyclists in East Grinstead as part of the Local Transport Plan. 1999 for West Sussex County Council, Mid Sussex District Council, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew and Sustrans he designed and analysed a survey of cyclist views taking part in an organised cycling event at Wakehurst Place, Haywards Heath. 1999 for East Sussex County Council, Eastbourne Borough Council, Sustrans, Brighton Hove and East Sussex Health Promotion Authority and Eastbourne Association of Voluntary Services he designed and analysed a survey of cyclist views taking part in an organised cycling event at The Sovereign Centre Eastbourne.

EUGENIA DEMETRIOU Dip Arch.(PNL) is a registered architect who joined BWCP in 1980 having extensive experience of running housing refurbishment contracts for consultant architects to several London Boroughs.

At BWCP she has been responsible for industrial developments including the workshops in the award winning Leytonstone High Road scheme for the borough of Waltham Forest and acquired by L.E.T. & 6.5 acre Riverside Industrial Park in Ipswich. She was appointed associate of BWCP in 1984 and project director in 1989 since when she has been responsible for development feasibility studies, design and consequent planning applications for a number of industrial sites in Lancashire for Wassal plc; and for numerous residential, retail, office and hotel developments in London. Currently she is involved in the masterplanning of a 75 acre educational /residential site in South Oxfordshire and a commercial site in Lincoln.

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Brian Waters MA DipArch(Cantab) DipTP RIBA MRTPI PPACA FRSA
Research interests [August 2004]
Qualifications and interdisciplinary approach
As a chartered architect and chartered town planner I founded my consultancy, The Boisot Waters Cohen Partnership (BWCP), in 1972 with two partners: David Cohen FRICS, a general practice [valuation] surveyor and Max Boisot MA(Cantab) MSc MCP, who studied city planning at Harvard and the business degree at the Sloane School MIT/Harvard.
Max and I have shared a particular interest in design methodology. Our multi-discipline practice unusually combined real estate valuation [development appraisals, rent reviews etc.] with design, master planning and town planning. I have an untypical (for an architect) understanding of how these disciplines interact, most particularly in working for commercial and charity [mainly educational] and community clients.


Value added by design
A recurring theme of my professional work and writing relates to the value added by design, with an emphasis on the leadership role of the architect. Since the earliest work of BWCP other disciplines were introduced for the briefing and conceptual stages. These ranged from space planners DEGW [Francis Duffy and John Worthington] as members of my team on a management services HQ for Williams & Glyn's Bank in 1974 to Kim Wilkie as urban designer for our current World Heritage Site mixed development in Greenwich. This in addition to working with and directing the usual wide range of specialists for environmental and traffic impacts, affordable housing viability studies, ecological and archaeological studies ? firms including Arup, CgMs and MoLAS. From time to time I also instruct Counsel and give expert evidence in planning inquiries, most recently Jonathan Milner for Urbium PLC and South Hampstead High School and Christopher Lockhart-Mummery QC for Carmel College.

A parallel recurring theme is community involvement, with particular experience in the conduct of public consultations. Recent examples may be viewed at www.bwcp.co.uk > CURRENT STUFF. My interest in the added value role of design and the architect has been developed in my roles as RIBA Vice President (Marketing) [responsibility for awards, competitions, press office and clients' advisory service]; as Master of the Company of Chartered Architects and currently as a Vice President of the Association of Consulting Architects.

New methods of procurement
Current trends in the development industry in the UK give rise to particular concerns. Despite the strong emergence of 'trophy architects' and the beneficial impact attributed to some of their buildings (partly thanks to the National Lottery), the emergence of new procurement processes PFI in the public sector and design & build in all sectors has tended to diminish the value of design and the leadership role of the architect. This is resulting in mediocre buildings and represents missed opportunities for adding value - both quantitative and qualitative - by design.

The need for research
There is considerable research to be done in demonstrating in an objective and in so far as it may be a quantitative way that this is the case. CABE has identified this as a major cause for concern and has gained support at Prime Ministerial level for enhanced project processes which recognise the relevant criteria. For example requiring public bodies and clients to appoint design champions. This has not proved to be sufficient as the recent case of the Royal London Hospital, the imminent disbanding of NHS Estates and the current threat to the independent leadership of CABE itself demonstrate. My concern for and understanding of how the value of spatial design is measured in financial terms (appraisals etc.) and in town planning terms (urban design, sustainability, community involvement) and my active involvement in the implementation of a variety of relevant projects, provides me with a strong platform for the carrying out of high-quality research into the value added by spatial architecture, and for working with potential supporters of such research. My experience in teaching and as an author and publisher gives me opportunities to disseminate such research. see also below: Published work and note on teaching with enclosures.

Brian Waters MA DipArch(Cantab) DipTP RIBA MRTPI ACArch
Published work and note on teaching August 2004

My Trevelyan Scholarship (1963-67) at St John's was based on a project report entitled 'Monorail for London' which was, along with a paper to the Conservative transport policy group under Peter Walker, the basis for a booklet 'Get Our Cities Moving' published by CPC in my third year as an undergraduate. It was reported widely in the national press at the time (1966). My postgraduate project with Max Boisot, supervised by Leslie Martin 'A London Airport System' was published by Official Architecture & Planning [OAP] in 1970 as 'An Integrated Airport System'* [*copy available]. This article was reprinted in Planning in London April 2002. My two-year project at the GLC 1968-70 was published by OAP as 'Housing on the Heath' in April 1971*. Between 1970 and 1972 I was team leader at Shankland Cox Associates under Graham Shankland producing the Hampstead Garden Suburb Conservation Plan, commissioned by the HGS Trust and subsequently adopted by the London Borough of Barnet. This was published as a book, reprinted a number of times; it is presently out of print. In the 1980s CPC commissioned and published my booklet London's Flight East which considered the prospects arising from the redevelopment of London's docklands and refers back to the London Airport System thesis. I compiled and edited The Business Property Handbook (Gower)*.
I contributed the chapter Conflict and Harmony to Colin Davies book Century Tower, Foster Associates build in Japan (Watermark, 1992)*; this compares the japanese and the Western approach to construction. More recent articles of interest include Architects Know Why my speech to the York Institute of Building in 2002, published by the ACA in Spring 2003*. This sets out my view of the professional role of the architect. This is considered in a different context in getting the best out of planners (AJ 25 November 1999)*. Another example is Can you Still Build a Georgian Terrace, Lord Rogers? published in Planning in London July 2000*. These and many of my other articles in the professional press are available on www.bwcp.co.uk > GUIDANCE. Over 90 of my monthly planning guidance articles are listed in the AJ+ Archive site. Between 1976 and 1982 I developed and wrote a series of articles for Building which told the story of a projects construction while it was in progress: Building On Site. About 50 projects were thus evaluated including oil platform modules, three stages of Fosters HongKongShanghai Bank HQ, the Vancouver Expo and Seoul olympics sites and Stansted airport. Examples of both the current AJ series and of a Building On Site can be provided. I won four commendations as Architectural or Building journalist of the year (International Building Press IBP) for some of these articles. I have also written for Estates Times, RIBA Journal, Planning, BD and other journals. I currently co-publish and edit, together with Paul Finch [acting chairman of CABE and publisher of the AJ] and Lee Mallett [former editor of BD and Estates Times] Planning in London, a quarterly subscription journal. Issue 51 presently is in preparation. The journals aim is to bridge the public-private sector divide in development and planning in London and to publish in a digestible form, mainly for those actively involved, material which is often research based. PiL has received two IBP commendations and was runner-up in 2002 for its Magazine of the Year award. PiL is the journal of the London Planning and Development Forum which meets quarterly and which I have chaired since 1990.

Note on teaching
I have taught less than I would have liked, mainly as a result of the pressures of maintaining a small professional practice through several recessions! In 1969-70 I was a visiting studio tutor at Scroope Terrace at Leslie Martin's invitation. Between 1969 and about 1975 I tutored postgraduates for the Diploma at the Polytechnic of Central London under Allen Cunningham. I have given Part III lectures at NLP and the University of Wales and gave the Part III planning course in place of Leslie Ginsburg at the AA. I have twice lectured the induction course for Civil Servants joining the DoE/ODPM. Over the years I have mentored [mainly Bartlett] students in my office and presently have an articled student of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects a postgraduate of UCL who works for Terry Farrell. I regularly contribute to ACA practice seminars and am chairing a Planning Law conference in London on 8th September. Probably irrelevant footnote: One of my younger brothers is a full Professor with tenure at the University of Maryland faculty of law. He is known for his paper 'The Property in the promise: A study of the Third Party Beneficiary Rule', pub. Harvard Law Review Vol98 No6 pp1109-1210. *copies can be provided.

 

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