The mayor of London is recruiting built environment professionals for a new 30-strong design advocacy panel

The three year contract calls on ‘London’s top design talent’ – including built environment professionals and members of the built environment media – to assist the mayor in delivering his ‘City for All Londoners’ vision.

Those chosen for the panel will take responsibility for setting and maintaining high standards in urban design, building urban design capacity and improving procurement across the capital. The 30 advocates will also champion ‘Good Growth’ – defined as development that is socially, environmentally and economically inclusive – by encouraging high quality design and construction.

The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan said: ‘As London grows, it’s an enormous challenge to ensure the city responds to the needs of everyone who lives, works, studies and visits here. The architecture and design sector has crucial role to play in responding to the pressures of growth – as do every one of London’s neighbourhoods and diverse communities, each of which need to be supported through and included in the process of change.

‘I’m calling on London’s top design talent to play their part in shaping good growth in the capital and I’m looking forward to seeing what innovative solutions they can bring to bear on this fantastic city. I also want Londoners from every background to tell me how they think their city should grow and tell me what they think Good Growth should look like.’

Khan replaced Boris Johnson as mayor of the UK capital in May last year. In January, the mayor started recruiting architects for a new £35 million framework covering projects across the capital.

The framework – which replaces Johnson’s Architecture Design and Urbanism Panel (ADUP) and is known as ADUP2 – will cover a treasure trove of TfL and City Hall commissions over the next four years.

The design advocacy panel – unlike ADUP2 – will cover strategy relating to urban design, design capacity, sustainable development and procurement reform without any direct commissions for the participants.

Bob Allies, Terry Farrell, Roger Hawkins, Eric Parry, Sunand Prasad, Fiona Scott and Stephen Witherford all featured on the former mayor’s advocacy panel – known as the Design Advisory Group.

Participants on the latest panel will receive a daily rate of £400 and will be expected to provide up to 20 days of work every year along with six optional 6 unpaid days.

The deadline for applications is 12noon on 10 May.

Available via The Architects Journal. View full article here.

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