place quality research

About our research


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A report that uncovers and lays out in simple terms the qualities of the built environment that are good for us, and those that are not.


Findings of a 2018 national survey of Councillors attitudes to housing design.


360-degree analysis of the diversity of design review practices across London, and the benefits that flow from the high-quality provision.  


A national survey of urban design skills / resources within local planning authorities and how they have changed over the last five years.


Work with Us


The Place Alliance has its origins in a cross-sector collaborative alliance for place quality. Our supporters are engaged in the full range of processes involved in shaping places.  These encompass processes that are: 

  • Both strategic and local in nature; public and private 
  • Top-down and bottom-up and both professionally and community driven 
  • Directly and indirectly shaping places (for instance though both projects and policies) 
  • Concerned with the environmental, social and economic wellbeing of places and people 
  • Involving a wide and varied range of professionals and communities. 

By working constructively and collaboratively as allies, we aim over the long-term to establish a culture whereby place quality, in a holistic sense, becomes a continuous and ever-present agenda in all new development, regeneration and urban management processes.  Individuals and organisations are always welcome to work with us and we partner with others in most of what we do.  Working together we are far stronger than working either in isolation or within our disciplinary or interest group silos. 


 Prof Matthew Carmona – Chair

 Valentina Giordano – Chief Executive

To discuss how we might work together please email