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Mayor reveals 50 design advocates to lead ‘good growth’ drive

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David Adjaye, Alison Brooks, Elsie Owusu and Sadie Morgan will provide design guidance to City Hall and London councils as part of an architectural ‘call to action’ by Sadiq Khan

They are among 50 architects and design experts appointed as mayor’s design advocates (MDAs). The list of advocates is made up of 50 per cent women and a quarter from BAME backgrounds.

The list also features a number of figures who served on former mayor Boris Johnson’s Design Advisory Group, including Roger Hawkins of Hawkins\Brown, former RIBA president Sunand Prasad and chairman of New London Architecture Peter Murray.

The advocates will provide expertise and guidance to the Good Growth programme, which calls for a ‘good growth’ approach to development in the capital, and related mayoral policies. They are expected to help the mayor and his agencies set an example by ensuring the highest standards for projects commissioned by the Greater London Authority Group.

The advisers will also assist in developing strategies to support and maximise the benefits of growth for the city’s neighbourhoods, and help address the challenges of accommodating a changing population and competing land uses.

Setting out his vision for future development in London, Khan said in the foreword to the Good Growth by Design pamphlet launched at the London School of Economics last night (10 July): ‘London needs to build more than 50,000 homes a year just to keep up [with] demand and provide space for 46,000 new jobs as well as build the social infrastructure that supports both. But we need to change our approach.

‘That’s why I am calling for Good Growth in London. Not growth that leaves Londoners feeling left out, not growth that obliterates local character in the name of regeneration and not growth that undermines community cohesion.’

He said the programme was a call to London’s architectural profession to help him realise his vision. ‘We know that good architecture and planning can make a real difference between the places that work – socially and environmentally as well as economically – and those that age gracelessly, as expensive eyesores and failed urban districts,’ he said.

City Hall will launch a new social enterprise, Public Practice, to place talented designers and planners in local authorities for up to a year, with the aim of plugging the skills gap.

Full list of design advocates

  • David Adjaye
  • HiroAso
  • Joanna Averley
  • RachelBagenal
  • Clara Bagenal George
  • Claire Bennie
  • Dinah Bornat
  • Andy vonBradsky
  • Alison Brooks
  • Adam Brown
  • Peter Coleman
  • Russell Curtis
  • John Dales
  • Irene Djao-Rakitine
  • Alex Ely
  • LizaFior
  • Kathryn Firth
  • Daisy Froud
  • Alice Fung
  • Roger Hawkins
  • Wayne Hemingway
  • Dan Hill
  • Tom Holbrook
  • Rory Hyde
  • Indy Johar
  • Dipa Joshi
  • Paul Karakusevic
  • Adam Khan
  • Lynn Kinnear
  • Vincent Lacovara
  • Richard Lavington
  • Christopher Lee
  • Julian Lewis
  • Holly Lewis
  • Laura Mazzeo
  • Sadie Morgan
  • Peter Murray
  • Lucy Musgrave
  • Fabienne Nicholas
  • David Ogunmuyiwa
  • Elsie Owusu
  • Julia Park
  • SowmyaParthasarathy
  • Manisha Patel
  • SunandPrasad
  • Hilary Satchwell
  • Monica vonSchmalensee
  • Fiona Scott
  • Neil Smith
  • Maria Smith
  • PalomaStrelitz
  • David West 


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