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Zaha Hadid employee stands as Green Party candidate

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Zaha Hadid senior designer Matt Johnston is standing as a Green Party candidate in local elections in Camden later this month

Johnston, 39, said he hopes to use politics to have greater influence over how London looks.

He told the Architects’ Journal: ‘As an architect you realise you have skills relevant to local planning issues.’

The designer added that he had been influenced by his time working in Amsterdam for UNStudio. 

He said: ‘In Amsterdam everything is much more people and child friendly. I wanted to try to introduce some of that to London. Here we all want our own car, our own space, but the Greens are much more about sharing.’ 

He added if he was elected as a councillor, he would explore the potential for co-housing and encourage greater community engagement in proposed developments, by getting architectural practices involved at an earlier stage. 

The designer decided on the move after campaigning against a development by Brooks Murray Architects close to his flat in the area.

Johnston added: ‘I just went about explaining how impactful that scheme would be to local people. 

‘My involvement introduced me to the local Green Party and this opportunity came up.’

Johnston attended Highgate School between 1988 and 1993. He will stand as a candidate for Highgate ward in the local elections on 22 May 2014.

The designer’s biography on the Camden Green Party website reads: ‘A firm believer in social equality, Matt believes that the Green Party is the natural choice for anyone who believes in an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable future.’ 

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