PASS 2017

14-16 September 2017, London

The second Place Alliance Urban Design Summer School was an intensive three-day course that provided a grounding in ideas about the nature, role and contemporary relevance of urban design and aimed at breaking down the barriers between built environment professions.

Each day focused on a different stage of the design process, from analysis to design concept, to coding and design review. The programme was structured into a series of masterclasses over the three days, along with other activities such as workshops, site visits and networking.

About PASS 2017: 

Transforming Cities, Towns and Public Spaces through Placemaking

The Summer School:

  • introduced delegates to urban design principles and processes
  • took them systematically through the stages of site analysis, visioning and coding
  • introduced the basic skills required to communicate urban design
  • inspired with the latest thinking and practice in urban design

The masterclasses

The programme was structured into a series of masterclasses over
the three days, starting from the importance of place analysis in design process (by Annemarie de Boom), how to come up with and develop further design concepts (by Jane Dann and Katja Stille) and, finally, how to use Design Codes as delivery tools for placemaking (by Sangeetha Banner and Vicky Payne). 

The Design Project: Stratford Village

The place making project run over the three days of the summer school and moved from analysis, through vision to prescription. For the purposes of the project the delegates were organised between 8 groups of four/five according to their background in order to bring their various perspectives and skills to bear on the project and support one another. In each group delegates were are to play the role of a local authority planning team, looking to explore the potential of a site and set key parameters for its future development

Site Visits: Good Practice

The site visits to Elephant Park and Packington Estate were organised as part of the Summer School programme to provide the participants with the opportunity to learn from experiencing a variety of urban contexts.

The visits included two case studies that represent both best practice and varied professional environments in order to show the complexities of the design and development process of large scale residential and mixed-use developments

Featured Talks & Presentations

Place Alliance is thankful to all PASS 2016 speakers for being so generous with their time. We really appreciate the involvement and we are grateful for the time and effort speakers took to share their thoughts and experiences with all our Supporters. We hope that they enjoyed contributing and have gained further insight from the experience.

You can also download Tips & Tricks presentations:

Katja Stille

Associate Director @Tibbalds


Katja is an urban designer with over 15 years of experience. She has an architectural and engineering background, including studies in Civil Engineering in Germany; and an architectural diploma and MA in Urban Design from the UK. She is a longstanding member of the Urban Design Group and currently the Treasurer. Her recent work focusses on large scale projects, spatial strategies and design policy. She work with public sector bodies and private landowners and their teams to develop  masterplans and development frameworks to help bring forward development.

Se is motivated by delivering better places for people and work  collaboratively across professional boundaries in order to achieve this. Currently, she is involved in delivering Northstowe, a new town in Cambridgeshire promoted by Homes England. Katja seeks to find solutions to unlocking issues that prevent us from delivering good design and placemaking. 

Annemarie de Boom

Associate @Studio REAL


Annemarie has over 15 years of experience in planning and designing for the improvement of existing urban areas as well as masterplanning of new neighbourhoods. She led projects such as the Barkingside Town Centre Improvement Plan and Witham Town Centre Strategy and recently prepared a design code for the redevelopment of the Market Parade area in Havant.

She was responsible for the yearly update of Urban Design Compendium 2 for the Homes and Communities Agency, researching the latest best practice examples of delivering successful places.

She has previously worked at Colin Buchanan and also at BGSV, Rotterdam and PWA, Sydney before joining studio | REAL.

Victoria Payne

Senior Consultalt @URBED


Victoria joined URBED in January 2015, where she works on a wide variety of planning, urbanism and design-related multi-disciplinary projects, both producing work and acting as a project manager.

Victoria studied at The University of Manchester graduating with a First Class Masters in Town and Country Planning, focusing particularly on urban design. Her dissertation comprised a design study identifying regeneration opportunities around Victoria Station in Manchester. During the course, Vicky also worked part-time at an urban design consultancy where she was involved in character studies, masterplanning and community consultation. 

Victoria was a member of the RTPI North West Young Planners committee for 3 years, helping to plan and promote their activities. With Sangeetha Banner she now runs 4×4 Manchester an annual series of “Ted Talk” style urban design events which seek to challenge how people think about the built environment. 

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