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Two young architects picked to shape future of UK’s infrastructure

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Two young architects have been selected to join a new panel of 16 young professionals to help shape the future of the UK’s infrastructure.

Petra Marko (pictured left), co-founder of Marko & Placemakers, and Madeleine Kessler (pictured right), a project architect with Haptic, were picked from 500 entries for seats on National Infrastructure Commission’s Young Professionals Panel (YPP).

The panel of young architects, engineers and designers, launched this morning by the NIC chair John Armitt, will advise the body as it develops the UK’s first ever National Infrastructure Assessment.

The entrants had to be in the early stages of their career and submit a detailed application followed by a presentation to a panel of judges including commissioner and YPP chair dRMM director Sadie Morgan,

Haptic’s Kessler, 31, said she was ‘excited’ to join the panel, calling it a fantastic opportunity to develop ideas and hold an ‘inter-generational’ conversation on the UK’s infrastructure strategy.

’I hope that by being a part of the YPP I will be able to ensure that an emphasis is placed on good design, so that it becomes a core component of the UK’s infrastructure strategy going forward,’ she said.

A ‘thrilled’ Marko added: ’We st uo [our practice] to apply people-oriented design approach to strategic processes that shape our cities.

’It is these early stages of decision making that impact on how places will evolve for years to come.’

Morgan, who chaired the selection panel, said the judges had been ‘blown away’ by the quality of the applicants.

‘It was tough choosing from over 500 fantastic entries,’ she said, ‘but in these 16 young professionals we have a passionate and diverse group which I hope will inspire the commission with their creative ideas about the UK’s future infrastructure needs.’

Armitt said he looked forward to working with the talented individuals who ‘could end up designing and managing world-leading infrastructure’ long into the future.

The Young Professionals Panel met for the first time today in London to discuss their programme of work, ahead of a first formal meeting later in the summer.  

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