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Emerging Woman Architect of the Year shortlist: Chloe Phelps

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Chloe Phelps, who leads the Placemaking Team at Croydon Council, has been shortlisted for the 2015 Emerging Woman Architect of the Year Award

After a decade working in private practice, Chloe Phelps moved to a public sector role at Croydon Council in 2014. The council, which the recent Farrell Review called ‘exemplary’, has adopted a planning framework aimed at meeting the borough’s growth challenges while focusing on high-quality design. Working on the council’s award-winning placemaking team, Phelps provides design expertise and advice on major planning applications in the borough. She also gives advice and writes briefs and capacity studies for the council’s capital projects. Phelps has been involved in a number of Croydon’s key developments, including residential schemes by PRP, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, Make and Darling Associates, alongside commercial projects by Hawkins\Brown and ShedKM.

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Chloe Phelps

Studied University of Bath
First practice
Inkpen Downie Architecture & Design
First project
Extension to a timber house in East Mersea, Essex
Current projects
Providing design advice on major applications in Croydon, brief writing, capacity studies for the council’s capital projects
Current clients
London Borough of Croydon
Favourite architect
Louis Kahn, Gordon Cullen, Alison and Peter Smithson, Neave Brown and Denise Scott Brown
Favourite building
Edwin Lutyens’ Page Street Housing in Pimlico, London
Why architecture The opportunity for a creative and varied career which has the potential to positively shape and adapt the places in which we live and work.
Biggest challenge facing women in architecture
The same issues that face the wider profession; it is too secluded and iterative. The profession needs to embrace diversity and have a greater variety of roles which integrate with the wider industry.
Advice to aspiring female architects
Get as much experience as possible, work smart, keep positive and enjoy it!

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