With her trademark ambition and enthusiasm, Gillian inspires her teams to achieve exceptional results, and has led many award-winning projects. With over 20 years of professional experience in practice, teaching, research and design advice, she is committed to the valuable contribution of research in design and in practice. She is currently completing a funded doctoral research thesis on the schism between elite and popular taste, focused on volume-built houses at the University of Sheffield.
Gillian is very active in Design Review and chairs numerous panels including the Waltham Forest Design Advice Panel, providing independent, expert design advice as part of Waltham Forest’s regeneration and home building programmes. Gillian is also part of the PLACE Review Group for The Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation, London’s largest regeneration site, and the Oxford Design Review Panel that advises on development in the sensitive historic city. Gillian is a Built Environment Expert at the Design Council and a ‘Wise Friend’ advisor to Urban Design London, a not-for-profit organisation that supports local authorities in creating well-designed places. She is a founder member of the Research Practice Leads group of architects, and has recently been invited to become a Trustee of the Design Council.
Gillian studied at Cambridge and Harvard and prior to joining P&P she was project architect for the award-winning Straw Bale House in Islington. She has recently been appointed as Visiting Professor in Interdisciplinary Practice at the University of Reading, under an award from the Royal Academy of Engineering. She has taught at many schools of architecture including The Architectural Association and Cambridge, and is a regular external examiner. She contributed to the acclaimed book ‘Managing the Brief for Better Design’ and is much in demand as a conference speaker. She has also been a key contributor to the RIBA Journal, Teachers’ TV as well asThe Learning Curve and Front Row on Radio 4.MA (Cantab) Dip Arch RIBA