Edmund Bird

Edmund Bird

Senior Heritage Advisor

Edmund has been the heritage advisor to TfL since 2006. He has provided conservation and design input into transport projects throughout London, including the London Overground, Underground, Cycle Superhighway, public realm and highway schemes.

His post is funded by Historic England and he is also seconded two days a week to the Greater London Authority, advising their regeneration and planning teams.

Edmund has over 25 years of experience as a conservation team manager for Lambeth and Camden and before that as a planner in Bristol and Lichfield. He is also an architectural historian, having published four books on the heritage of Lambeth.

edmundbird@tfl.gov.uk

Garry Colligan

Garry Colligan

Urban design consultant

Garry is an urban design consultant and advises public and private sector organisations on urban design and planning. He has over 30 years' experience in architecture, planning and construction. Formerly urban design director at Farrell's and project director at Grimshaw, he founded think place (a consultancy in urban design) and Place Research Lab (a community interest company set up in collaboration with the University of East London).

He is a built environment expert for Design Council Cabe and an 'urban design surgeon' for Urban Design London. Garry has a passion for the creation of resilient places that can be shaped by those who use them over time.

garrycolligan@tfl.gov.uk

Laura Georgescu

Laura Georgescu

Urban designer

Laura trained in architecture in Bucharest and started her career in Shanghai, where she delivered architecture and masterplanning designs. Having observed that life between skyscrapers is just as important as the buildings themselves, Laura became more interested in urban design.

Following her cycling passion, Laura experienced Copenhagen by bicycle while working on an urban regeneration project in East Copenhagen. This experience further strengthened her interest in studying the city. Laura moved to London to complete a master's in Sustainable Urbanism and started working with Transport for London in 2013, where she combines her skills in design with an interest in movement to create better places.

laurageorgescu@tfl.gov.uk

Gesine Junker

Gesine Junker

Principal urban designer

Gesine is an urban designer and chartered town planner. She has over 10 years' consultancy experience in the UK, Germany and China, working in the field of masterplanning, regeneration, housing, infrastructure and public realm design. She has an MSc in Architecture and Planning from Aachen University, Germany and a Diploma in Planning Theory and Practice from Leeds Metropolitan University.

Gesine's passion is movement in the city and creating places where people want to be. At TfL, her major project is Crossrail 2. Gesine provides specialist advice on integrating the new station designs and associated public realm into the urban fabric. Her role also addresses the wider regeneration implications of this significant transport scheme.

gesinejunker@tfl.gov.uk

Marta Liut

Marta Liut

Graduate urban designer

Marta is a graduate urban designer with a background in architecture. During her architecture degree in Italy, she became interested in what happens in the space between buildings and how this space can affect people's everyday lives. Hence she chose to undertake an MSc in Urban Design and City Planning in London. This experience gave her the opportunity to explore urban design issues and learn about planning in the UK.

Her role at TfL has given Marta the opportunity to translate theoretical concepts into practical design, across a wide range of project scales and objectives.

martaliut@tfl.gov.uk

Emily Read

Emily Read

Urban designer

Emily is an experienced urban designer with a background in planning and design across the public, private and third sectors. Her specialisms include strategic planning, masterplanning and design coding as well as finer grain public realm interventions.

Emily is interested in public and political engagement through the design process, focusing on how we can develop a common language and shared values across stakeholder groups. Her design approach is underpinned by a desire to re-engage people with the urban environment and create meaningful places with longevity.

emilyread@tfl.gov.uk

David Samuel

David Samuel

Senior urban designer

David is a chartered landscape architect with a wealth of experience in the design of streets and public spaces. He believes passionately that the creation and maintenance of high-quality public space is fundamental to the achievement of civilised urban life.

David has worked at the interface between landscape, architecture, planning and engineering and can bring a comprehensive understanding of all these disciplines to the design of transport infrastructure that is seamlessly integrated with its urban context as a unified composition.

David specialises in:

  • Urban realm layouts
  • Streetscape design
  • Urban and landscape context analysis
  • Urban design briefs and character statements
  • Green infrastructure strategies
  • Masterplanning

davidsamuel@tfl.gov.uk