Place vision strategy

Lucy Bullivant & Associates (LB&A) are globally influential place vision strategists, advocates and champions, specialising in cultural opportunities. Our mission is to consistently open up promising opportunities and create, lead and deliver the most bespoke solutions. We advocate higher standards in architecture, urban design, planning and culture-led placemaking in all our projects, high level strategic as well as event-based, and through publications and the media.

Lucy Bullivant, Founder of LB&A, is an inclusive place strategist and built environment expert for clients including Enfield Council, Lambeth Council, Brent Council and Integreat Plus (Yorkshire), an award-winning author for Routledge, Merrell and Thames & Hudson, a competition jury member for market leaders including the AJ Architecture Awards and ArchMarathon, and an expert witness for developers such as Caledonian Properties. She is Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), a lifetime honour conferred to her in 2010 for her creative leadership of architecture and the building of sustainable communities.

Lucy’s expert knowledge of her field and 25 years of leadership experience enables her to devise and deliver cultural placemaking strategies in the context of specific socio-economic conditions and needs for a range of organisations in the UK and internationally. Place tools need to be intelligently sharp, not blunt, to be of most use! Depending on your priorities, she carries out original research for you responding to your needs in a relevant and precise way, and pinpoints the inspiration of specific successful examplars of quality – built environment and cultural projects, along with challenges and ways in which these can be mitigated. She mentors clients and assembles bespoke teams of specialists to ensure the best quality results.

Lucy is a Built Environment Expert for the Design Council, a chair of the Design Review Panel led by Lambeth Council, a member of the Place Quality and Design Panel led by Enfield Council and the design review services run by (Brent Council) and Integreat Plus (Yorkshire).

Meridian Water is a major £6bn, 20-year London regeneration programme led by Enfield Council, bringing 10,000 homes and thousands of jobs to Enfield, north London, next door to the beautiful Lee Valley Regional Park.
Left and right: Computer generated image of Meridian Water station opening May 2019. Architect: Karakusevic Carson Architects; Landscape and public realm: Karakusevic Carson Architects, OKRA, Periscope. Shortlisted for the Institution of Civil Engineers (CE) London People’s Choice Award. © Blackpoint Design.

Lucy can custom-design an authoritative keynote for your conference based on her research and devise successful participatory design workshops, brainstorming sessions and exhibitions enabling everyone to develop stronger strategies for liveable urbanism. Check out her webzine for inspiration and the Selected Projects pages of this website for examples of her successfully delivered projects.

People’s Vote march and rally: 700,000 marched for a new referendum on Brexit, London, 20 October 2018. © Lucy Bullivant.

Lucy is always ready to play an active creative role in successfully advancing high quality, engaging solutions and strategies for place vision. International bodies she has helped include the AIA Center for Architecture, NYC, ANCB Berlin (Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory), Institut pour la Ville en Mouvement, Paris (inclusive urban mobility specialists), FRAC Centre, Orléans (expert purchasing decisions for the organisation’s art and architecture collection) and Strelka Institute, Moscow (curating a seminar exploring urban interactive design ‘soft spaces’).

Lucy has successfully championed new methods and projects, and built understanding and consensus about the value of design quality across cultures, walks of life and socio-economic contexts through her books, talks, exhibitions (see below) and published features. Lucy has given over 50 public talks at prestigious venues across the world to audiences of up to 2500 people, and chaired numerous professional events on topical issues. 

Workshop-driven participatory design projects with community members are a valuable means of building new skills and a shared sense of ownership, and a cornerstone of civic urbanism. Lucy collaborates with architects Alex Furunes/Erikkson Furunes, and Goma Oficina on activities of this kind internationally with local community groups, authorities and social enterprises. These serve as platforms for participants’ different opinions and ambitions to come together to enable the building of facilities, spaces, and to advance educational and other life skills, helping to sustain their empowerment and the livelihood and resilience of their neighbourhoods. Our participatory design projects include Dugnad Days for the Oslo Architecture Triennale 2019, Remake – We make/Made in Baishizhou, for the Shenzhen Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, 2016, and Fronteira Livre, for the São Paulo Bienal of Architecture, 2017.

Curating, artistic direction

A successful exhibition is a blend of the experiential, and the educational – seducing, entertaining and drawing you into an alternative, inspirational world. We devise cultural strategies and curate and direct successful and innovative exhibitions of public value at different scales engaging with architectural, urban design and visual arts narratives for international clients, cultural organisations, academia, art and medical charities, meeting goals on time and on budget.

To date we have curated and delivered more than 30 popular and groundbreaking exhibitions, and six international conferences. Lucy has scouted out and managed the participation of many original global creative talents in architecture, design, art and film in the numerous cultural events she has staged globally. A number of these – Fronteira Livre (working with the São Paulo Metro and the CAMI migrants group), Remake – We make: frameworks for social and cultural exchange (working with a fashion manufacturing workshop in Baishizhou, Shenzhen) and Dugnad Days (with the community group of Sletteløkka, Oslo) are urban social ‘acupuncture’ projects – small in scale but supporting community self-determination and enabling members of a community to build a legacy of design, construction and conceptual skills.

Examples include the 2015 exhibition Urbanistas: women innovators in architecture, urban and landscape design Lucy curated for Roca Design Gallery, London, was successfully staged at the venue and at the Core, Science Central, Newcastle, in collaboration with Northern Architecture, developers Igloo Regeneration and Creative Space Management. Space Invaders: new British architecture, the exhibition she co-curated for the British Council with Pedro Gadanho, Director of the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, Lisbon, toured globally for 3 years (2001-3). The major exhibition Kid size: the material world of childhood  she co-curated with Vitra Design Museum, Germany, toured globally to museums and galleries for 8 years (1997-2005), accruing significant levels of revenue she and team members raised. The near and the far, fixed and in flux: some design perspectives on the urban experience, was the official British exhibition curated by Lucy for the XIX Triennale di Milano (1996), funded by the Cultural Relations Department, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, London, and other patrons.

Through these initiatives and by generating personal credibility with stakeholders, Lucy has influenced and proactively led transformative changes to many international programmes and initiatives. She has developed strong cross-cultural relationships and forged viable new strategies for future public activities involving a range of communities.  

We don’t churn out our outputs! The artistic products we conceive, shape and deliver – including publications, exhibitions, videos and workshops – are born of effective partnerships with exceptional, tried and tested collaborators – acclaimed graphic designers including &&& and Kirstin Helgadottír, CHK Design, Melanie Mues/Mues Design and Alexandre Coco; exhibition designers Feix & Merlin Architects, Urban Salon (now Mowat & Company, and Diana Cochrane), Guarnieri Architects, and dot Architects (Beijing and Shenzhen); film directors including Paul McHale, and Helena Bullivant, and copy editor Marion Moisy.

Urbanistas: women innovators in architecture, urban and landscape design, exhibition for Roca London Gallery curated by Lucy Bullivant, 2015. Exhibition and graphic designer: Julia Feix, Feix & Merlin Architects.

Complex topics call for publications that are crisp and expressive, elegant and thought-provoking. We create beautifully designed illustrated publications on architecture, urban design and technology for global readership, including 4D Hyperlocal: A Cultural Tool Kit for the Open-source City, AD/Wiley, Jan/Feb 2017 (see below), Sustainable Urbanism New Directions, Qatar University, 2017 (see below), and bioTallinn, Tallinn Architecture Biennale, Estonian Centre of Architecture (2017).

4D Hyperlocal: A Cultural Toolkit for the Open-Source City, Guest-Edited by Lucy Bullivant, Wiley/AD, Jan/Feb 2017.

Public speaking

  • Keynotes

Keynotes are public assets. Lucy creates and presents engaging and original public keynote talks at venues around the world on topical aspects of – and polemics concerning – architecture and urban design based on her ongoing international research, advocating and illuminating best practice. She customises all her presentations to match your audience’s specific needs.

Lucy’s speaking engagements are handled by Speakers Associates. Contact Patrick Nelson +44 (0)115 9713173

Lucy’s public speaking clients include:

The London Design Biennale 2018 (Latvia Day); 3rd Nordic Urban Lab 2018 (see left); Qatar University, Sustainable Urbanism New Directions Workshop 2016; World Cities Culture Shanghai Symposium 2016; AIA NYC Center for Architecture; ANCB Berlin; Moscow Urban Forum 2016; Strelka Institute, Moscow; Smart City Forum, Barcelona and Casablanca; COAC and IAAC, Barcelona; Amsterdam School of Creative Leadership; Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam, and de Baak (Dutch public sector management organisation); Venice Architecture Biennale; TEDx Vienna; Royal Society of Arts; V&A, London; Barbican Centre, London; Lime Wharf cultural innovation hub, London; RIBA, London; Royal College of Art; Architectural Association, London; University of Westminster; UCL London; University of Plymouth; Yorkshire Forward; Syracuse University, NY; UCLA, Los Angeles; University of Houston; ETH Zurich (Territorial Encounters, Future Cities Laboratory); University of Rome; Swedish Association of Architects; University of Tampere; National Council of Architecture, Turku, and the Institute of Malaysian Architects, Kuala Lumpur. 

Lucy presenting her keynote lecture, ‘Participatory placemaking visions into action globally’, at the 3rd Nordic Urban Lab, 22-24 March 2018, Hanaholmen, Helsinki/Espoo, Finland.
Lucy speaking about the themes of her award-winning book, Masterplanning Futures, AIA Centre for Architecture, NYC, 2012.
Lucy was one of the speakers at Mobilising the Periphery #5 Europe: From Fragmented Periphery to Metropolitan Region, ANCB Metropolitan Laboratory, Berlin, April 2018, © Jirka Jansch.
  • Chairing conferences and seminars, facilitating brainstorming workshops

Chairing events well is about opening up insightful debate, supporting the ‘orchestra to play their best tunes’ and fully engaging the audience. Lucy chairs talks and roundtable events for public and private sector clients internationally, facilitating debate and reflection on many aspects of liveable urbanism to motivate and activate audiences. She leads brainstorming workshops in a range of formats to get people thinking more creatively.

Lucy chairing Softspace, a day conference she curated and staged at Tate Modern, 2007, with (l to r) Jason Bruges, Daan Roosegaarde, Despina Papadopoulos, Jane Burton (Tate Modern) and Usman Haque.
Lucy (centre) with speakers and audience members, 4D Hyperlocal event in the V&A’s Digital Futures programme, May 2017.
Lucy in debate with Luca Molinari (above left), Stefano Boeri, Marco Poletto and guests, at Spazio FMG per l’Architettura, Milan, at CyberGARDENing the City, led by architects Claudia Pasquero and Marco Poletto, co-Directors of ecoLogicStudio in Milan, an Architectural Association School of Architecture Visiting School, 7-17 July 2012, focussing on Viapiranesi and Cascina Parco Sud, Milan.

Lucy has chaired events for clients including AIA Center for Architecture, NYC; Architectural League, NYC; V&A, London (Talking Architecture, see below); Tate Modern, London (Softspace, 2007, see above); ICA, London; Roca London Gallery; ReWork conference, The Crystal, London; Titanic Foundation/Belfast City Council; Science Museum, London; Museum of Docklands, London; Napier University, Edinburgh; Architectural Association, and Royal College of Art, London; Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2017; and Strelka Institute, Moscow. 

The goal of a successful brainstorming workshop is always to spur enthusiastic interaction and inspire further actions. Lucy has advanced inclusive, sustainable placemaking visions and strategies though workshops facilitated for clients including Enfield Council (Meridian Water Place Vision, 2016), and Qatar University (Sustainable Urbanism New Directions conference supported by the Qatar National Research Fund, 2016).

Meridian Water Place Vision workshop, Dec 2016, for Enfield Council. From left to right: John Baker, Consultant Development Manager; Paul Karakusevic, founder director, KCA; Peter George, Director, Meridian Water, Place Department, Enfield Council; Jonny Popper, Managing Director & Partner, LCA; Lucy Bullivant; Carl Turner, founder, Carl Turner Architects.

Above: Lucy Bullivant in conversation with Renzo Piano (left) and Sir David Adjaye OBE (middle) at the V&A, South Kensington, 2011, as part of the Talking Architecture architectural talks series she curated for the museum from 2010-12, featuring Renzo Piano, Alejandro Zaera-Polo, Ken Yeang, Antonio Citterio and Kevin Carmody and Andy Groarke of Carmody Groarke, and, in 2017, Saskia Beer, Moritz Behrens, Katharine Willis, Will Gowland and John Bingham-Hall (4D Hyperlocal: A Cultural Toolkit for the Open-Source City). Right: Lucy chairing ‘The soft stuff is the hard stuff’, an event she curated as part of her exhibition Urbanistas: women innovators in architecture, urban and landscape design, Roca London Gallery, 2015.

  • Chairing competition juries

Architectural competitions need strong protocols and the finest and fairest evaluation by judges to produce the best results. Lucy regularly judges prominent international architectural competitions, including AJ Architecture Awards 2018 and 2017, and ArchMarathon (PubliComm), Milan, for PubliComm, in 2016 and 2014. In 2013 she was chair of the judging panel, LEAF Architecture Awards, London, 2013, a member of the LEAF Awards jury, 2011-2, an Awards jury member, RIBA London Architecture Awards, 2010, and a competition jury member for City Sense: shaping our environment with real time data, IAAC, Barcelona and Outside the Box: Low and High Technologies for Emergencies, Italian Association of Architecture and Criticism, PresS/Tfactory, Italy, 2011.   

She is a nominator for Architecture & urban design, Designs of the Year, Design Museum, London, for a decade, from 2008 each year to today.                               

Below left: Lucy, chair of the LEAF Architecture Awards, London, 2013, presenting the late Peter Hall, the eminent town planner, urbanist and geographer with a Lifetime Achievement Award, and below right, with the late Irvine Sellar, property developer, the founder of the Sellar Property Group responsible for the Shard, London, winner of the LEAF Architecture Awards’ Client of the Year Award for the Shard.

Lucy discussing ArchMarathon 2016, Milan, for which she was a member of the judging panel.

Design Review

Panel Member, Enfield Place and Design Quality Panel

Peter Barber Architects, Ordnance Road housing, Enfield, for Enfield Council. © Peter Barber Architects.

Over the next twenty years, Enfield Council’s regeneration plans will transform some of the most deprived areas of London, including Meridian Watera £6 billion development delivering 10,000 new homes and creating 6,700 new jobs. The Council has set up a Place and Design Quality Panel to support its vision to make Enfield a better place to live and work; promote high quality design and sustainable development and protect the borough’s unique character.

The Enfield Place and Design Quality Panel is made up of industry experts, including Lucy Bullivant, who provide expert advice on the placemaking, urban design quality and sustainable design approaches of major new developments, regeneration programmes, policies, briefs and guidance within Enfield. It reviews projects and proposals, including pre-application schemes, and encourages applicants and promoters to bring proposals for review at their earliest stages of development. The Panel strives to secure design excellence in the built environment for both public and private sectors and guides the formulation and delivery of a Design Framework for the borough.

Panel member, Brent Design Advice Panel (Brent DAP)

The Brent DAP provides regular Design Review services, reviewing development proposals and masterplans, as well as design support services such as early stage procurement support and planning policy review, and training as required by the borough. These services exist to assist everyone involve in the planning and development process in the borough to ensure that design quality is at the heart of new development coming forward.

Carlton & Granville, South Kilburn, Adam Khan Architects, Nursery School, Children’s Centre, Enterprise Hub, new Community Facilities and new homes for Brent Council. © Adam Khan Architects.

The London Borough of Brent is undergoing significant change and growth, to which the borough is responding through the production of masterplans and area actions plans. There is a strong focus on the Wembley area, where high density mixed use development is now being delivered at pace including a substantial amount of build to rent housing. The Brent Design Advice Panel (Brent DAP) has been established to provide independent, expert design advice to support the borough in achieving its objectives and securing the best outcomes and quality of life for residents, workers and visitors through development, regeneration and renewal in the borough.

Prowse Court and Lord Graham Mews, Enfield, Hawkins\Brown for Enfield Council. © Tim Crocker.
Meridian Water station, Enfield, Karakusevic Carson Architects and McCreanor Lavington, opening in June 2018., part of the pioneering 85 ha mixed use development led by Enfield Council © KCA.
Dujardin Mews, Enfield, Karakusevic Carson Architects: the first social housing to be built directly by Enfield Council for around 40 years. © Tim Crocker.

Kilburn Quarter, South Kilburn, Alison Brooks Architects for Brent Council. © ABA.

Woodhouse Urban Park, South Kilburn, Erect Architecture for Brent Council © Erect Architecture.

The Brent DAP is managed on behalf of the London Borough of Brent by Design Council Cabe, and is made up of an interdisciplinary panel of 20 individuals, including Lucy Bullivant, chosen from the Design Council Cabe’s network of 400 Built Environment Experts (BEEs).