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

Design Director

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 Design Director

As a designer my aims are to deliver projects that work for the user, express modern construction techniques and include the sustainable 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 in Urban Design, Architecture, modern sustainable construction methods and refurbishment projects enables me to bring an all-inclusive approach to each project.

Olcay Cottrell

Urban Design Director

I am a strategically minded designer and an innovative thinker with an enthusiastic approach to everything I do. Having a strong educational and professional background in art, urban design and masterplanning I aim to ensure that the environments we create communicate the vision of the city, town or neighbourhood as well as being useful, enjoyable and sustainable. I believe that ‘quality of space’ forms an essential element in any ‘Sustainable Design’ and could be best achieved with collaborative working, proper planning and forward-thinking. I value the community as experts in co-designing places they want to live, work and play and provide support promoting urban design principles, and sustainable development practices.

Tom Knowles

Senior Technician

I enjoy creating spaces that have a positive influence on social and environmental aspects of peoples lives. It is interesting to see good spaces and thoughtful developments, and then to learn from them and replicate key ideas and principles on projects I am a part of. My main focus is Layout design. I enjoy being responsive to a clients changing needs, and problem solving as further information informs how we piece together the layout.

Sebastian Baran

Associate 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.

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.

Paula Martinez


I am an Architect with a creative spirit who had the opportunity to work and study in different countries such as Spain, Germany and the UK. This has given me the chance to learn different ways to create spaces. I completed my Masters in Architecture at the University of Granada, Spain, in 2015. I have over five years experience working on different building types, including University student accommodation and commercial projects. I have also worked on several community architecture projects during my internship at Granada Provincial Council as well as on an International competition 'Architectural Studio' a small practice based in Spain.

Catharine Tucker


As an Architect, my passion lies in shaping the world and the buildings that we live and work in. My experience in public sector architecture 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.

Nick Humphries

Graduate Urban Designer

I am an urban designer passionate with understanding how people interact with their everyday environment and how problems regarding this might be solved with fresh approaches. Throughout my career, I will always be striving to create places in which cars are not the dominant form of travel, but where people have greater freedoms to access amenities by other sustainable means with ease.

I’m further developing my skill sets and knowledge base of contemporary global issues by studying an MA in Urban Design.

Beth Coppard

Architectural Assistant

As an architectural designer, my passion lies in the creation of beautiful yet functional architecture through a high level of detail, raw materials, analysis of context and sustainable design. I have a keen interest in designing Architecture and spaces to improve physical and mental health, through the belief that well thought out design facilitates a more enjoyable life.

Studying Architecture at Plymouth University gave me a huge respect for the history of a place. The historical context of a site plays a large role in my design decisions, to not only respect the existing vernacular, but also insert modern concepts to enhance spatial design.

Nehad Alhamwi

Architectural Technologist

I have always loved architecture for what it brings to people’s lives, so specialising in Architectural Technology enabled me to develop an acute eye for detail.

I enjoy working throughout the design process of building projects, from preparing a layout design to deciding on the right technology, materials, and processes to design a building for the best production and performance. Ensuring that the new building meets the user’s needs.