President Colin Haylock has accepted an invitation to join the
Mayor of London Boris Johnson's Design
Advisory Group. He joins other new members and established advisers
including Sir Terry Farrell and past RIBA President Sunand Prassad
in a 16 strong group of design experts.
The Group and its members will advise the Mayor through to 2016
and will play a significant role in shaping future developments
which fall under the Mayor's responsibility through his
regeneration, housing and land powers.
Colin is an architect-planner who has worked in regeneration
throughout a career of over 35 years. He said in response to this
new role: "As someone who grew up in London it is an honour to be
invited back to join an exceptional group of advisers to the Mayor
at a time when London faces great challenges of growth and change.
I am looking forward particularly to working with the Mayor and his
team on his aspirations to use the Olympic legacy and the planned
eastwards growth of London to reduce the social, economic and
environmental differences between East and West London."
Colin grew up in south west London but has been based in
Newcastle throughout his working life and is the first North East
based President of the RTPI since 1945.
He ran Environmental Design Services for Newcastle City Council
for over 10 years before joining Ryder Architecture as Urban Design
Director and working increasingly across the UK with them.
Since 2000 he has played a leading role in the national work of
the former Government Commission for Architecture and the Built
Environment - a role which he continue with through the Design
He now runs a specialist consultancy, Haylock Planning and
Design and is a visiting lecturer at University College London and