Derry City & Strabane - Keynote Urban Design seminar to take place in city 




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Keynote Urban Design seminar to take place in city

09 October 2019

A keynote urban design seminar will take place next Thursday, October 17th, in the Ulster University Magee, featuring a range of architectural and urban design specialists. 

The event, which is being delivered by the Academy of Urbanism, will cover a variety of current topics related to promoting good urban design and the importance of creating quality places and spaces. 

The seminar will be delivered by Philip Jackson, an associate with Scott Tallon Walker Dublin based Architects and a member of the Academy of Urbanism.  He will look at how good design and policy making can create places that are built around a number of key areas, such as connectivity, sustainability and wellbeing.  This will be followed by a panel discussion that will be chaired by David Rudlin, Chair of the Academy of Urbanism, and will include contributions from Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Chief Executive John Kelpie, Maura Fox, Head of Planning, and Iain Greenway, Director of the Department of Communities’ Historic Environment Division.  The Master of Ceremonies for the evening will be local broadcaster Joe Mahon.

Welcoming the event, Council’s Director of Environment & Regeneration Karen Phillips stated that she was “very pleased for the City to be hosting this prestigious event to raise awareness of the importance of good, people-centred design and to consider how this can greatly assist regeneration projects throughout the District and beyond.  The event will provide the opportunity to explore and discuss the necessary design ingredients for successful urban environments”

Helen Quigley from the Inner City Trust stated that she was proud to be associated with the event as key sponsor and member of the Academy of Urbanism.

“The Inner City Trust have been proactive in promoting the principles of good urban design and regeneration in many of its recent projects and is keen to create a meaningful discussion on the importance of good design, particularly within conservation environments,” she said. “I am delighted that the event will include a high-level panel of experts involved in strategic regeneration and conservations matters who can share their insight and knowledge.  This is one of a series of planned events going forward, which have their origins in last year’s successful International Walled City Heritage Regeneration Conference held in Derry in October 2018”.

The seminar will take place at 7pm on Thursday 17th October at Ulster University Magee Campus, with free admission.  Those interested in attending should register by the 14th October by contacting