Evaluating Good Design Conference an Historic Environment Champions network event


‘Good design is both a creative process and an outcome. It is about more than iconic, big budget projects in the same way that sustainability is about more than the mechanics of carbon reduction’.


With the award winning Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall as its starting point, this conference examined the communication and negotiation between client, architect, planner and elected members which enables good design to be successfully developed and championed through to its built form. Aimed at Local Authority officers, Planning Committee members, Architects and Estates Managers.

Funded by CABE, Inspire East and English Heritage. There was the opportunity to tour the award winning Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall.

Further Resources:

Speakers presentations are available below, click on the presentation title

  • Good design? Why it matters.
    Robin Nicholson, CABE Commissioner and Edward Cullinan Architects
  • Evaluating good design. This presentation will not be available due to copyright reasons.
    Rob Cowan, Director, Urban Design Skills
  • Case study: Contemporary architecture in a heritage city – the Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall.
    Andrew Nightingale, Director of Estate Management, Essex University. The client’s perspective.
    Mike Kaner, Patel Taylor Architects. The architect’s view.
  • The Essex Design Initiative Exemplar Programme.
    Barry Shaw, Head of Built Environment, Essex County Council
  • Finding the Reality Behind a Proposal.
    Roger Estop, Planning Manager, Chelmsford Borough Council