Stefan is an urban designer specialising in design within residential led development where his current research is focused. Stefan has been a member of the Urban Design Group since 1998, a Recognised practitioner since 2009 and has contributed to UDG events and publications. Stefan is based in Derbyshire and supports the activities of the East Midlands branch of the UDG.
Stefan is a lecturer in urban design at Nottingham Trent University’s School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment and has been running his own consultancy since 2008
Prior to joining the university in 2012, Stefan worked in local authority planning departments as an urban designer working on a range of projects from housing, healthcare and commercial developments. Stefan was a CABE Enabler and has more recently became a ‘Built Environment Expert’ to the successor to CABE – Cabe at the Design Council. Stefan supported the CABE Summer School Programme, attending first as a delegate and returning for two further years as a facilitator.
Stefan has supported the development of Building for Life and has worked extensively around the country promoting its use and helping others to use it. More recently, Stefan was co-author of Building for Life 12, the latest version of Building for Life, re-written to reflect changes to the national planning policy. His work championing the value of good design was recognised in 2011 when the design initiative (called ‘ourplace’) he developed for North West Leicestershire District Council won the Urban Design Group’s first Public Sector Award. The initiative has now become the model for the national ‘Built for Life’ scheme, an accreditation scheme for new homes based on Building for Life designed to raise consumer awareness of urban design quality.
Stefan also serves on the design review panels for OPUN, the architecture centre for the East Midlands and Nottingham City Council.