Nicholas Boys Smith is the founding director of Create Streets. He has led policy reviews on the barriers to street-based estate-regeneration, studies into what people want in the built environment and correlations between built form, social outcomes and valuations. He is currently leading a community engagement project for estate regeneration and is advising a range of public and private sector organisations on community consultation, estate regeneration and urban design. Nicholas is a Commissioner of Historic England, an Academician of the Academy of Urbanism and a Fellow at the Legatum Institute. Nicholas has written in The Guardian, The Sunday Times, Architects’ Journal, Estates Gazette, Building Design, The Spectator, Building and various other magazines. He has been described by The Architects’ Journal as a “leading figure” on issues to do with the built environment. He was a judge of the 2016 Sunday Times British Home Awards.
James Wildblood has recently finished a Masters at UCL specialising in urbanism and architectural history. James is supporting our research programme and contributed to our publication, Better Regeneration.
Alessandro Venerandi is a Researcher and Urban Designer at Create Street while simultaneously completing his Doctorate at UCL specialising in Urban Sustainability and Resilience. He is the lead researcher on our Economics of Place project. Alessandro has a Masters in Architecture with specialisation in Urban Design from Politecnico di Milano. He has worked as a researcher and consultant for a shared project between Adam Architecture, Winchester and the Department of Architecture at Strathclyde University, Glasgow.
Kieran Toms is a Researcher and Urban Designer at Create Streets where he has worked on a wide range of community planning and urban design projects. Kieran previously worked as an urban designer, researcher and transport planner in Copenhagen and London (for the London Borough of Hounslow) as well as advising on sustainable buildings for NRG Consulting and supporting local community engagement for the 2012 London Olympics for Citizens UK. Kieran has a Masters in Urban Studies and is a member of the Academy of Urbanism’s Young Urbanists network.
Constance de Montigny is our Operations Manager. She previously worked for Warner Bros France then UK and Marks & Spencer France and is currently supporting a range of planning and community engagement projects as well as helping manage the Create Streets office and other activities. We don’t know what we would do without her!
Chris Bush is a student of Politics and International Relations at the University of Bath and has been working with us as a researcher over the summer. His interests lie in civic engagement and tackling the UK's housing crisis.
Angus McNeill Peel is studying Geography at the University of Oxford. He has researched the design of public space in Copenhagen and infrastructure to improve access for pedestrians and cyclists in London. He is currently writing his dissertation on how urban planning in Atlanta is changing a historic neighbourhood. He intends to pursue a career in urban planning and design.