People

Canny Ash, Ash Sakulacanny ash

Cany Ash is a founder partner of Ash Sakula Architects. Before setting up the practice in 1994 Cany Ash worked for Green Market in New York, Leon Wolhage in Berlin, DEGW and the GLC Architects Department in London.

She is an RIBA competitions Advisor, an RIBA Stirling Prize jury member, a Design Council CABE Enabler and a Client Design Advisor in education. She is an external examiner at Cambridge University and a visiting critic at East London, North London and Greenwich Universities, and at the Bartlett and the AA.

Jointly with Robert Sakula she leads all Ash Sakula’s projects, with particular interests in edu- cation, open space and regeneration

Fionn Stevenson, University of SheffieldFionn

Fionn holds a Chair in Sustainable Design in the School of Architecture at the University of Sheffield, where she is Director of Technology. Her research and consultancy work focuses on developing innovative methods of building and building performance evaluation in relation to occupancy feedback in order to improve building design. She is particularly interested in sustainable housing design and procurement from a holistic perspective which includes resource use in its widest dimension. She currently advises the Technology Strategy Board, Zero Carbon Hub among other government bodies and NGOs.

Cristina Cerulli, University of Sheffieldcerulli-cristina

Cristina’s work is underpinned by a strong commitment to rebalancing the normative culture of the architectural profession and education through challenging and questioning established norms. Critical Management and Social Innovation as a model for diversifying practice is a central feature of my current activities, through knowledge transfer, professional practice, teaching & research. Her approach is intrinsically collaborative, trans-disciplinary and co-operative.

Sam Brown, University of Sheffield SamBrown_Bio

Sam is a research assistant and design tutor at the University of Sheffield School of Architecture. He also teaches at the Leicester School of Architecture, DeMontfort University and collaborates with art-and-architecture practice Public Works, based in London. He co-founded DesignHHW, a design office based within ancient woodland at Hill Holt Wood in rural Lincolnshire, providing hands-on professional experience for design students in the context of social enterprise. He has a long-standing passion for self-built architecture, developed through both practice and research. Sam holds a BA in Architecture from the Leicester School of Architecture, and an MArch in Architecture from the Sheffield School of Architecture. 

David Birkbeck, Design for Homesdavid birkbeck

David has been Design for Homes’ CEO since 2000. He wrote the Building for Life matrix in 2002 which became the country’s tool for assessing new-build applications. David took the idea further with a process for preapplication negotiation adopted by Ireland in 2008. He is leading the rewrite of Building for Life to support the National Planning Policy Framework. David is both a judge and the ‘rapporteur’ for the government’s Housing Design Awards and a member of the Homes and Communities Agency board advising on design and sustainability standards. He is an NHBC councillor, an Honorary Fellow of the RIBA, a member of the Cambridge area design review panel and a member of the planning and climate change review panel for Yorkshire and Humber.

Publications include ‘Prefabulous Homes’, ‘Car Parking: What Works Where’, “Managing Superdensity’ and ‘Beyond Ecotowns’.
David is campaigning for an MPH for new homes, such as KwH/sqm/year and wants to see homes advertised by size.

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