Urban Design team members

Robin Buckle

Robin Buckle

Head of Urban Design

Robin heads up the Urban Design team, working on a broad range of projects across TfL and with external stakeholder organisations. He is a qualified town planner and urban designer with over 30 years' experience.

He has worked entirely in London in the spheres of design, planning and regeneration; organisations include the London Docklands Development Corporation, London International Sport, Brent Council, the London Development Agency and Design for London.

Since joining TfL in 2009, Robin has worked on realising the high-quality public realm ambitions for the Vauxhall/Nine Elms/Battersea area, was design manager for the Emirates Air Line and for the above-ground works for the Northern line extension. He was also the TfL lead on the procurement of the ADUP framework and is currently leading on the masterplanning element for Crossrail 2.

robinbuckle@tfl.gov.uk

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

Stella Lam

Stella Lam

Project manager

Stella is a project manager with over six years' experience at TfL. She is currently on secondment in the Urban Design team and is responsible for managing the Future Streets Incubator project. This is an initiative to trial and deliver new designs for London's roads and streets.

In her previous role, she supported boroughs' delivery of LIP (Local Implementation Plan) projects and development of medium-term transport strategies.

Prior to joining TfL, Stella worked for Amey Infrastructure Services. She has a BSc in Project Management for Construction from University College London, followed by APM qualifications and Practitioner level in Managing Successful Programmes. This has provided her with detailed knowledge of project management and processes.

stellalam@tfl.gov.uk

Marc Lane

Marc Lane

Senior urban designer

Marc is a senior urban designer with over seven years' experience in the built environment, and qualifications in architecture and law. His previous urban design work ranges from site-specific controls for new residential and office towers in Sydney through to a new town for 250,000 people in Dubai.

His current projects at TfL include Better Junctions: Old Street, Marble Arch, Nags Head and Hammersmith; Wandsworth High Street major project and implementation of the Roads Task Force. He provides urban design advice on roadside advertising, opportunity areas (specifically the Isle of Dogs and Old Kent Road) and the West End.

marclane@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

Anda Narita

Anda Narita

Graduate urban designer

Anda is a Graduate Fellow at The Prince's Foundation for Building Community, and completed her master's degree in Sustainable Urbanism in 2015.

Trained as an architect, she obtained her MArch in 2012. Since then, she has worked for both the public and the private sectors on a broad range of international projects, ranging from commercial and residential architecture to master planning and development frameworks, sustainable urban extensions to public space design.

Anda is now focusing on expanding her knowledge on sustainable and strategic planning, learning to practically deliver sustainability in a variety of contexts.

andanarita@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

Shannon Rice

Shannon Rice

Urban designer

Shannon is an urban designer with international qualifications and experience in landscape architecture and urbanism. She has worked in public and private sectors, specialising in stakeholder engagement, policy development, landscape architecture, detailed design and implementation.

Shannon works to ensure TfL's high ambitions for London's streets and spaces are realised through the development of Streetscape guidance, Nine Elms on the South Bank design guides, Better Streets Delivered series, and the above-ground design outcomes of the Northern line extension.

shannonrice@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

    Gareth Sumner

    Gareth Sumner

    Principal urban design advisor

    Gareth is an urban designer with over eight years' urban design experience in public and private sector consultancy and a background in engineering, product design and innovation.

    His recent projects include the Garden Bridge, Bank station capacity upgrade, Elephant and Castle public realm and TfL station public realm design guidance. Before joining TfL, Gareth worked for IBI Taylor Young on projects including town centre regeneration and sustainable urban extensions.

    He has an MEng in Manufacturing from Cambridge and a Master's in Urban Design from Oxford Brookes. Gareth has recently been awarded the Design Council Scholarship to study the Master's in Innovation, Creativity and Leadership at City University London.

    garethsumner@tfl.gov.uk

    George Weeks

    George Weeks

    Urban designer

    George is an urban designer and chartered town planner with a lifelong interest in creating successful urban environments. Based in the Urban Design team since 2011, George has developed the team's expertise in valuing the monetary benefits of high-quality public space and was co-author of the Nine Elms cycling strategy.

    George has a BA in social sciences from Durham, an MSc in City Planning and Real Estate from Glasgow and a Master's in Sustainable Urbanism from the University of Wales. In 2009 he won the RTPI Award for Outstanding Achievement in Planning Education. He is a member of the RTPI London Regional Management Board, a Young Urbanist and a member of the Urban Design Group.

    georgeweeks@tfl.gov.uk

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