Patricia Brown is an honorary fellow of the RIBA and runs Central, a niche consultancy advising civic and business leaders on urban change. She has over 25 years of direct experience thinking about, influencing and improving London – building strategies, partnerships and projects to ensure the capital is fit for the future and a great place for people.
The lecture will reflect on Patricia’s work over the past twenty years to put people at the heart of London’s development and planning, and consider the increasing importance on place and design quality in the face of population growth and technological change.
As CEO of the Central London Partnership, she led much of the early work to promote the relationship between a people-focused, and liveable, London and maintaining its economic success. This included measures to support economic growth, but particularly focused attention on London’s built environment; creating a city that people want to be. Work including lobbying for the pedestrianisation of Trafalgar Square, initiating Legible London, and establishing the Business Improvement District movement in the UK as a model of urban stewardship.
Patricia is a thinker and a strategist, with a reputation for leading agendas and achieving significant change in London and beyond. In 2012 she initiated The Big Think on London to consider the way forward for London’s development and urbanism in light of the changing nature of our economy and way of life. As Deputy Chair of the Mayor’s Design Advisory Group in the last Mayoralty, she helped lead its Good Growth Agenda.
Patricia works across the UK as well as overseas, especially New York, where she has advised the Times Square Alliance since 2006, in addition to collaborating with the City of New York and other institutions. She has taught on development and placemaking at NYU’s Schack Institute of Real Estate until 2016 and is an adviser to the Columbia University’s Center for Urban Real Estate, where she is developing a project to consider ‘good growth’ in NYC real estate.
She is vice-Chair of the British Property Federation’s Development Committee, and was chair of the London Festival of Architecture from 2013-16. She is an active member of the Advisory Boards of Great Western Railway and the National Trust and vice chair of the Newlyn Gallery in Cornwall. She was formerly a Trustee of London International Festival of Theatre and The Geffrye Museum and deputy Chair of Borough Market from 2008-2010.
Patricia has recently been awarded a 2017 RIBA Honorary Fellowship for services to architecture and the built environment.
This event is kindly sponsored by Fineline Aluminium and supported by RIBA South Westand Falmouth University.
The Library Lecture Theatre, Falmouth University, Woodlane Campus, TR11 4RH
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