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Future Cities Forum Summer Awards 2024


Forskaren, Stockholm (courtesy Forskaren / 3XN Architects)



Future Cities Forum is delighted to announce its all-female judging panel for our Summer Awards 2024. They are as follows:

Chloe Brand, Director of Development, The Design Museum

Chloe has been Director of Development from 2022. Previously she was Head of Corporate Sponsorship at the National Gallery for over seven years, where she led a team of fundraisers to increase corporate support in a challenging art sponsorship market.


Nyasa Beale, Director, Scott Brownrigg

Nyasa has been instrumental in designing and delivering some of Scott Brownrigg’s largest and highest profile projects in London including Portal Way, The Atlas BuildingEden Grove and Old Church Street.

In 2018 she moved to New York for three years to help establish the practice’s US operation - SB+C. She currently is Principal of the London studio focusing on front-end design and international projects.


Becky Gardiner, Head of Storey, British Land PLC

As Head of Storey, British Land’s flexible workspace offer, Becky is responsible for the portfolio’s strategy, growth and customer relationships.She has 15 years of Real Estate experience, mainly specialising in Central London offices. Prior to Storey, she spent three years as Asset Manager for British Land's Broadgate Campus: a 32-acre neighbourhood, hosting 30,000 employees of many of the world’s leading financial, legal, technology and media companies. Becky is also passionate about gender diversity within the real estate industry and has been involved in British Land’s Women’s Network since its launch in 2015, including 3 years as Chair.


Anna Shapiro, Partner, Sheppard Robson

Anna sits on Sheppard Robson’s Design Review Panel, lending her expertise and long-standing fascination with cities to the group that promotes design quality and innovation.

She is responsible for strategic urban projects, from housing and regeneration to bio-medical and educational clusters. Anna often works on large-scale developments that explore new ways of living, combining sensitivity with bold thinking, to create neighbourhoods that unlock the civic and cultural potential of towns and cities.

Anna is a course master and design tutor at the Housing and Urbanism Graduate programme, Architectural Association School, London


Carolyn Ploszynski, Head of Regeneration & Economy, Oxford City Council

Carolyn’s background is in town planning and urban design working across the public and private sectors. She joined Oxford City Council in December 2018 firstly as Planning Policy and Place Manager leading on the delivery of the Oxford Local Plan 2036 and now is Head of Regeneration and Economy.

In her current role she has responsibility for delivery of the Council’s capital projects, which are wide ranging and include major residential, affordable workspace, community centres, public realm and infrastructure. She is also responsible for economic development & city centre management, working with key partners to develop and deliver the city’s economic strategy. Carolyn also sits on the board of Barton Park LLP, which is delivering 885 homes to the east of Oxford.


Hazel Edwards, South East Area Director, Arts Council England

Hazel leads the delivery of the Let’s Create 10-year strategy across the South East area and strategic investment to make real impact for the arts, from Brighton to Cambridge, working with grass-roots organisations to cultural icons. She is committed to making culture and arts education accessible for all, with a career spanning the university and the cultural sectors in three regions – the North East, the South West and most recently, the South East. Before joining Arts Council England in 2021, Hazel led research in arts, humanities and education at Durham University and the University of the West of England Bristol, where she was Associate Dean for Research & Innovation.

She originally trained as a history curator at Leicester University and worked in museums and art galleries in the North East for 25 years; she was the first woman to lead Discovery Museum, the large science and industry museum in Newcastle upon Tyne. She has extensive experience of board membership including Director and Deputy Chair of Bristol Ideas. She sat on the Museums Association Board for three years and in 2015 she became a Fellow of the Museums Association.


Kar Paik Soon, Design and Project Lead, HOK

Kar Paik is HOK’s Project Lead for Newcastle Gateshead Quays, a new arts and leisure destination under development in the north east of England. Sitting on the banks of the River Tyne and framed by views of the historic twin cities of Newcastle and Gateshead, the £260 million project includes a new 12,500-seat arena, an adjacent conference centre, a dual-branded hotel, and large areas of public realm and performance space.

HOK led the master planning for multi-site development and is designing the arena, conference centre and public plazas.


Gergana Draganova, Urban Design Director, BDP

Gergana is an architect and urban designer with significant experience in residential, transport related and mixed use development, undertaken on behalf of both public and private sector clients. Her work is mostly focused on town centre regeneration and placemaking for new urban centres, including masterplans, design codes, development frameworks and feasibility studies. Gergana’s projects reflect her passion for collaborating with the clients, stakeholders, residents and other professionals on creating and reinventing the unique qualities of diverse urban environments.


Please see below the short-listed projects for judging:



Cultural buildings


Cultural organisations have been relieved to see the back of Covid-19 restrictions, but many have been left with hefty debts. The pandemic has shown us just how vital accessible, cultural infrastructure (galleries, museums, theatres, live music and performance venues) is to human health and well-being, along with the prosperity and attractiveness of cities. Are there awards to be given for those projects that protect cultural heritage while modernizing for new audiences? Do they act as modern cultural anchors for the confident self-expression, brand, and identity of their cities?

Please see news post link covering all three projects:


Istanbul Modern

Richard Gilder Centre, New York City

Perth Museum Scotland




University buildings


In this category, we will be looking at important additions to university and college campuses, and how these projects help to transform the experience of learning / research / teaching while  strengthening the campus brand and identity.

Please see this main link:


London College of Fashion / UAL at Stratford

ARC building at the University of Glasgow

St John’s College Oxford master-plan including new library and study centre







Does place-making start with a strong master-plan? How do you respect and evolve the importance of the places in-between buildings? What are the ingredients for a liveable district?

Please find the projects in this single link – news post below:



Elephant Park, Southwark, London

Holborn as a live-able district

Sheffield’s Castle Market







The Building Beautiful Commission has tried to establish standards for pleasant places for people to live in, away from the poorly managed 1960s tower block that brought much isolation and mental illness while splintering communities. Are we achieving residential communities that are social, well-connected to jobs and for travel to cultural or sporting activities, with local shops, workspaces and parks? How are we using factory technologies to produce well-designed, well-engineered, attractive homes that can be built quickly and to a budget?



Beechwood Village, Basildon


Bluebird – housing for the homeless (Southend-on-Sea)


Affordable homes in Newport, South Wales






Science buildings


How do we create the most flexible and sustainable life sciences campus master-plans / buildings, in order to attract the best global talent?


Forskaren Life Sciences Hub, Stockholm


Hancock Hall, UC Berkeley, California


MIX Manchester , UK







How can our heritage buildings be preserved  and adapted to meet modern needs?


Bank Buildings, Belfast


Shrewsbury Flax Mill


Crusader Works Manchester



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