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What is good design?

Session 1 - "What’s ‘design’ got to do with it? " with Design:Midlands
08 February 2024 at 11:30 AM - 01:00 PM / East Midlands / West Midlands / Online

08 February 2024 at 11:30 AM - 01:00 PM
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RTPI East Midlands | [email protected]

Join us for the first of a 3 part series of webinars exploring Design in the Built Environment. Brought to you by RTPI East Midlands and RTPI West Midlands, in partnership with Design: Midlands.

In our first session, Dharmista Patel from Design: Midlands and Steve Kemp from OpenPlan who will ask the question What’s ‘design’ got to do with it?

Learning outcomes

What is good design? Achieving good design through:

  • a multi disciplinary approach
  • multifunctional places, spaces and layering
  • looking beyond the redline boundary
  • Design tools – NDG, BHL, MfS etc.

Core CPD Framework

  • Design in the built environment 


  • Dr Laura Alvarez, East Midlands Convenor -Urban Design Group
  • Angela Reeve, Senior Director - Turley
  • Roisin Barrett, Planning Inspector 


11:30 Welcome from the East Midlands Chair
11:40 Introduction to the session - Dharmista will share her perspectives as a Chartered Town Planner and Design Midlands Panel Manager
11:55 Angela Reeve - Exploring the mechanics and expectation for good urban design, and how to secure it from conception through to build.
12:10 Laura Alvarez - Use of design tools in the decision making process -BfHL, NDG, MfS etc
12:25 Roisin Bartlett - An Inspector's view
12:40 Panel Q & A
12:55 Close and round up 

This is the first of a 3 part series of design webinars. Session 2 will take place Wednesday 24 April, and session 3 on Thursday 27 June.