About Us

PLACE By Design is an Urban Design and Architectural practice based in Bristol. We work collaboratively with the country's leading housebuilders with the aim of delivering positive places for people to live, work and play.

With many years of experience, we are involved in projects from conception all the way through to technical drawing and construction, collecting a variety of awards along the way. We take pride in building strong and lasting relationships with our clients with an emphasis on teamwork.

We are an enthusiastic team of professionals offering a multidisciplinary set of skills including Urban and Landscape Design, Architecture and Visualisation.

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 specialise in landscape and residential led schemes ranging from one off bespoke homes to 1000+ plot masterplans. If you would like to know more about the projects we have helped to deliver, head over to our project gallery here.

Steve Hawkins

Director - 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

Director - Technical Designer

I am a practical designer who aims 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

Senior 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.

Michelle Goodfellow

Office Manager

Michelle has worked for number of large companies acting as Operations Manager and HR manager. She has a wealth of experience in financial sectors. She has an eye for detail, yet remains aware of the big picture. Her time-management and organisational skills are excellent, with an ability to keep adjusting priorities to cope with the shifting requirements of a small business.

Catharine Tucker


As a qualified Architect, my passion lies in shaping the world and the buildings that we live and work in. My experience is largely in public sector architecture, which has taught me the importance of collaboration and the commercial aspect of design. I also believe in the value of careful integration between the old and the new, creating places that people feel proud to live or work in that are not alienated from the surrounding areas. These principles are all key to providing a successful scheme within both architecture and urban design, keeping all parties happy from the Client to the Local Planning Authority and ultimately the Homeowner/building Users. In essence, my ambition is to create contemporary and thoughtful schemes, improving lives and the environment through good design.

Sebastian Baran

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.