About Us

PLACE By Design is a diverse and enthusiastic Urban Design and Architectural practice based in Bristol working with the biggest developers in the country.

With many years of experience, we are involved in projects from conception all the way through to technical drawing and construction, two of which were recently awarded the Building for Life 12 ‘Outstanding’ accolade.

We take pride in building strong and lasting relationships with our clients based on trust with an emphasis on teamwork.

We are an enthusiastic team of professionals offering a multidisciplinary set of skills with the dedicated, innovative approach of a small practice.

As part of promoting our clients aspirations we work closely with the Local Planning Authority to prepare, where necessary, Masterplans & Design Codes, Development Briefs, Development Frameworks and Design & Access Statements to support a range of planning submissions.

PLACE By Design can offer a range of visualisation (CGI) options, from hand drawn perspectives to large scale photo-realistic 3D Visuals to enable the 2D designs to be fully understood and realised in three dimensions prior to construction. These images provide an invaluable asset when used as part of the clients on and off site marketing strategy.

Steve Hawkins

Urban Designer

My interest in life is design. Specifically designing better places to live. The built and natural fabrics that define our daily lives, influence not only the aesthetics of a place or appearance of a building, but play a significant role in defining us and our behaviour. My aim is to design and/or manage the process of design that enable the built and natural environments to positively impact its users, thus promoting an enhanced quality of life. Achieving this requires a team approach, an approach that embodies inclusive design, a solution that is underpinned by joined-up thinking. Efficiency and quality are attributes that must remain at the forefront of decision-making and design in order to achieve viability and successful places.

Charley Burrough

Technical Designer

My focus is technical design, I aim to deliver projects that work for the user, express modern construction techniques and include the performance of the latest building systems. Our built environment has to reflect the requirements of the user, be built to adapt and be free to express modern design within its context. My experience within modern sustainable construction methods and refurbishment projects enables me to bring an all-inclusive approach to each project.

Bill Hughes

Urban Designer

Creating attractive, safe, and usable spaces requires the integration of the built and natural environment, and must be built not only for the present, but future too. This wide spectrum of sectors and experiences have brought together skill sets that better allow me to be more competent in design solution and resolution. Involving the public within this design process is vital as it is them who will use the spaces and buildings, and it is them who will be asked to provide social cohesion and policing in order to ensure these environments are used to their fullest.

Pauline Morel

Office Manager

I thrive in inspirational and entrepreneurial environments, I enjoy building strong and lasting relationships, having a positive impact on people's lives, and implementing new ideas or bridging the gaps. Projects that foster people’s wellbeing and help local communities to thrive are particularly important to me.

I have several years’ international experience in change management, marketing, fundraising, project management, and business development (in France, Spain, Italy, and in the UK). I worked across various sectors (FMCG, Banking, Charity and Arts), client side and in consultancies.

I'm also a performer, producer, Giggle Doctor in Children's Hospitals, and artistic mentor.

Sebastian Baran

Graduate Urban Designer

City enthusiast, passionate about working towards sustainable future, bringing communities together and helping revive forgotten places, by also adding creative solutions to people's everyday life.

My specialisation within urban design is green infrastructure as a form of increasing robustness, development density, place identity and sense of community. My multi-disciplinary background and experience with delivering urban design workshops both locally and internationally allows achieving more responsive designs.

Juliet Bidgood

Architect/Urban Designer

Juliet is currently working collaboratively with Place by Design to develop their approach to building social and economic capital in new housing. She is expert in public engagement and in public space in housing. She is an experienced RIBA Client Adviser and project enabler. She teaches at the Welsh School of Architecture, chairs a Housing Excellence Design Review Panel for the SWDRP and is a member of the Bristol Urban Design Forum.