Our team believe that place is as much about the social, cultural and economic life as it is about the physical. By working with people, we can make better places for all to live, work and play in.
Current team members
BSc (Hons.) AA Dip RIBA
Director Fluid / Soundings
Dates 1996 – present
Christina is a founder and director of Soundings and sister company, Fluid. She is an architect with extensive experience in community and stakeholder consultation and engagement in connection with urban design, masterplanning and architectural projects. She has detailed knowledge of current planning policy and has been responsible for devising and directing exemplar projects.
Christina combines design and communication skills with fresh and innovative thinking to produce unexpected and inspirational ideas for everything from consultation plans, to concepts for engagement and approaches for raising awareness of projects. She has experience of working with a range of clients from local authority, development agencies, architects and other design companies, to private developers.
BSc (Hons.) AA Dipl. RIBA ARB
Director – Fluid / Soundings
Dates: 1996 – present
Steve is a founder and director of Soundings and Fluid. He is an architect with extensive experience in urban regeneration, masterplanning and participatory design. He was appointed by the London Development Agency in 2003 to direct all aspects of pre-submission stakeholder consultation and responsive masterplanning for the Olympic and Legacy masterplans and performed a similar role for Argent at Kings Cross Central.
Steve is currently director for public consultation and engagement on the Shell Centre redevelopment on London’s South Bank for Canary Wharf Group and Qatari Diar. He is also director for public consultation and engagement on Chelsea Barracks, a major redevelopment site in London owned by Qatari Diar. He is a consultant to the Council of Europe, and has written extensively on urban regeneration, participatory design and architecture. His work has been exhibited internationally.
Dip Arch UNL ARB
Dates: 2007 – present
Afolabi has been an Associate Director at Soundings for over four years and is used to all the demands of managing high pressure, high profile projects of all kinds.
He has extensive experience of public realm projects including the Stratford Spaces project for LB Newham and the King Square area hard and soft landscaping projects which have contributed to the recent CABE award for the Islington Public Realm network. As an architect he has a very solid understanding of project delivery, and utilises these skills and knowledge in ensuring that the consultation is considered and grounded, and that public and stakeholder expectations are appropriately managed.
He has also managed numerous consultation exercises for large scale and complex projects and has an intimate understanding of the various bodies, practises and policies that came into play in regeneration and development projects of all kinds.
BA (Hons.) AAT Book-keeping
Dates: 2007 – present
As Director, Shanel is responsible for the day-to-day running and maintenance of the Fluid office.
This significant role involves managing the company finances, invoicing, acting as PA to the two directors, as well as providing personal support to Fluid employees and overseeing HR. As part of Fluid’s BS EN ISO9001 accreditation, Shanel is Quality Management Representative and works closely with the Quality Director to oversee quality procedures, policies, suppliers, audits, annual reviews and to ensure systems are kept up-to-date.
Shanel joined Fluid in 2007 and supported the Directors with initial set-up of sister company Soundings. She has grown into a key member of the senior team, participating and contributing to the immediate and future planning of the.
BA (Hons) Interior Architecture
Dates: 2008 – present
Since joining the Soundings team in May 2008 Amanda has been responsible for leading the exemplary Wharves, Deptford engagement project and continues to work with the community to realise meanwhile projects and to pave the way for a
Community Development Trust.
Amanda recently lead on the Kingston Ancient Market consultation for Royal Borough of Kingston in collaboration with Tonkin Liu architects. The project is one of the Mayor’s Great Spaces initiatives and achieved Outer London Funding during her time on the project. She has also lead the Springfield Hospital consultation programme and coordinated and managed major consultation and outreach events for the Chelsea Barracks Partnership.
Amanda is currently leading on the Oasis Centre Futures project for Waterloo-based charity, Oasis. The project consultation methodology works with local stakeholder groups, forming a reference group to feed back on design development as it progresses.
BA (Graphic Design), BA (Interior Design), MA
Senior Associate / Creative Director
Dates: 2011 – present
Sarah joined Soundings in July 2011 and is responsible for the development and production of Soundings graphics, websites, and the visual communications material for the consultation process.
Since joining, Sarah has been heavily involved in the Chelsea Barracks project; commissioned by Qatari Diar; Brentford High Street and Waterside Regeneration for the Ballymore Group; Elephant and Castle Regeneration for Lend Lease; Oasis Centre Redevelopment for Oasis and United House; and the Shell Centre Redevelopment for Qatari Diar and the Canary Wharf Group.
Sarah’s skills in information architecture help to build graphic material and interfaces that are well used and implicitly understood. Prior to joining Soundings Sarah gained a BA in graphic design and in interior design, and a MA in graphic design. She has previously worked with innovative design studios in Iran and Italy.
BA (Hons.) Dip Arch
Associate / Part II, Arch. Assis.
Dates: 2014 – present
Adam is a Associate / Part II Architectural Assistant at Fluid, graduating from London Metropolitan University with distinction in 2012.
Having joined the company in 2014, Adam has been working on Wood Green from the projects inception and has developed a strong understanding of place-shaping and strategic planning.
He has produced drawings and studies to explore character areas and existing assets, helped to develop the wider framework plan and is now working on detailed options for a series of sites that combine the strategic vision, more capital intensive elements of a large masterplan and different landownerships with the granular elements that connect these pieces and help create coherent parameters to guide future development.
Adam will now bring his experience from Wood Green to the City of London Cultural Hub project where he will be the primary assistant responsible for the design development, options testing and production of drawings.
At University, his final thesis project centered on Tottenham, North London and proposed a place-specific approach for addressing some complex issues that exist in the area – the lack of a marketable identity and the absence of an infrastructure that could promote existing activity.
The project led to a collaboration with Design for London (DFL) and later employment at Adams and Sutherland Architects where he worked on the GLA funded ‘Growth on The High Road’ project.
Adam has also previously worked for Nicholas Grimshaw in London, working on a large-scale infrastructure scheme and with Shelter Associates in India, providing technical support to community managed housing projects.
BA (Hons) Landscape Architecture & Urbanism
Associate / Project Leader
Dates: 2015 – present
Iain joined Fluid in November 2015 with experience working with large scale, complex urban projects. Before this he worked at Gillespies LLP and, most recently, at Plan Projects, where he coordinated a range of community led projects including the evidence base report in support of the Area Action Plan for Stamford Hill.
Since joining Fluid Iain has taken up the day to day lead on two large scale and demanding projects; Brent Cross South for Argent Related and Crystal Palace Park for Bromley Council.
The former will lead to the creation of a new town centre south of Brent Cross shopping centre (which is itself to be redeveloped and enhanced) delivering around 6,700 new homes and a mix of social infrastructure and leisure projects.
Crystal Palace Park regeneration is an effort by Bromley Council to reconcile a £70million masterplan, which was developed in 2007 and for which funding was later deemed unachievable. Iain has been leading the consultation and engagement process for a revised Regeneration Sustainable Strategy which aims to make best use of the former masterplan, while also introducing an alternative approach to the management of the park through a new community led not-for-profit governance model.
As the consultation lead within a multidisciplinary team involving AECOM, Knight Frank, Haworth Tompkins and Bromley Council, Fluid’s role has been primarily to inform the multidisciplinary team’s options appraisal process with input from the community, in turn helping to support a bid for HLF funding. This has comprised of informing local stakeholders and park users about what is now achievable through the regeneration plan, furthering community involvement in the development of the plans.
Iain is a keen urbanist, with a background and training in landscape architecture and urban design. His core interests lie in community led design and social interventions which take place within the public realm and he is particularly interested in urban regeneration and the consequential impact this has on local communities. Over the years Iain has developed a passion for interactive community engagement, co-design and wayfinding strategies for which he has designed and delivered a number of schemes.
BA (Hons) Dip Urban Design
Dates: 2013 – present
Since joining Soundings in October 2013, Lizzie has been working on a number of projects including Southall Gasworks, The Canada Water Masterplan and more recently Shaping Waltham Forest and Royal Brompton Hospital.
Lizzie is experienced in delivering a wide range of events including pop-up (street consultation) events, public exhibitions, facilitating workshops and carrying out community research. She has also led consultation on the ‘Shaping Waltham Forest’ team on consultation for Walthamstow Town Centre and Leyton Coronation Square
Lizzie has been consistently involved in the consultation and engagement process for the Canada Water Masterplan since 2014. This one of London’s most significant Opportunity Areas and Lizzie has helped shape and coordinate many aspects of the consultation in an exemplary process on a large-scale complex site.
After completing her diploma in Urban Design at Newcastle University, Lizzie worked on a number of community engagement projects in the North East.
This included planning, installing and delivering ‘The Great North Build’ exhibition funded by Newcastle University’s Institute for Social Renewal and working with Northern Architecture and Byker Primary School on Byker Lives, a Heritage Lottery community archive project.
Building on her background in planning, placemaking and community engagement Lizzie is keen to continue to learn and explore how people can shape places. Lizzie is a licentiate member of the RTPI and is currently working towards applying for her APC.
In 2010 Lizzie was part of a 10 week volunteer team who designed and built a kindergarten with the community in Maliau Lyang, a rural village in Sabah, Borneo.
BSc Arch | Dip Arch | SBA
MSc Urban Management
Dates: 2015 – present
Saskia Huizinga is project leader at Soundings and Fluid since June 2015. She is an architect with masters in urban management with 10-years of experience in sustainable planning and collaborative approaches. Her interest in participatory and integrated urbanism grew up during an internship she ran at a foundation that has revitalised more than three hundred town centres across Canada by using the comprehensive American Main Street 4-points approach.
Saskia enjoys working on complex projects that include multiple uses, scales and players. At Fluid she is currently leading the stakeholder and community engagement process for South Kilburn regeneration plan. The process includes organising pop-us events and public exhibitions across the area, reporting fortnightly to the Council and Design Team, creating engaging communication and consultation material.
Her other recent projects are the Wood Green Future plan and UCL-East Masterplan for which she has also curated events ranging from walk and talks, focus drop-ins at the consultation hub, door-to-door sessions and co-production workshops.
Previous collaborative and integrated projects were mainly in the Netherlands and include the revitalisation and improvement of town centres, brownfield sites, business parks, public spaces and the development of new places such as a green highway, an urban eco-district, a sustainable health peninsula and a green business cluster.
By creating a positive climate of collaboration and innovation, she makes it possible to accelerate, improve and realise plans that bring stakeholders together and create collective success. She designs processes that include local players, relevant experts, community members and economical stakeholders to develop place analyses, common visions, transversal strategies, spatial plans and placemaking interventions. She produces engaging consultation and co-production tools that are inspiring and creates comprehensive reports including Statements of Community Involvement.
Recently she’s been involved in ‘tactical urbanism’ projects: small-scaled interventions, temporary projects and city marketing products. At a time of funding shortages and unclear future, these easy means are great ways to quickly improve places at low-cost and to effectively engage communities. In that field and to date, her favourite project that she has taken part in is a ‘Better Block’ event, powerful American participatory tool, at Clovelly Road in Sydney, Australia.
Senior Office Administrator & QMR
Office Administrator & HR Co-ordinator
BA (Hons.) Dip Arch
Dates: 2016 – present
Kate has recently joined Fluid as an Co-ordinator working across a number of projects where she specialises in stakeholder outreach and youth engagement. Kate combines graphic communication skills with a considered approach to community discussion that builds strong relationships and trust with local people.
Kate currently works on the Crystal Palace Park and Brent Cross South regeneration schemes with Iain Glover and supports practice director Christina Norton with consultation on masterplans for Loughborough Junction and Canada Water respectively.
Kate’s primary focus for Crystal Palace Park has been to provide stakeholder research, whilst also helping to design and facilitate consultation events. More specifically, Kate has been responsible for delivering an outreach strategy aiming to improve stakeholder involvement in the regeneration plan. This has meant facilitating discussions with local groups and organisations via a series of outreach events.
For the Brent Cross South regeneration plan Kate’s role has been to design and facilitate dedicated workshops for under-represented parts of the community such as ‘young people’ and ‘older generations’ in order to discus a series of focus topics.
These workshops help to inform the masterplanning teams delivery of new homes, social infrastructure and leisure projects. She has also contributed to public workshops, regular newsletters, an interactive website and exhibition materials.
Alongside Christina, Kate has helped to design and facilitate youth engagement workshops for the Loughborough Junction Masterplan project.
Kate had previously worked at the Prince’s Regeneration Trust where she was appointed an intern in the projects team. She worked on a variety of projects at the Trust including the Middleport Pottery and the Wedgwood Institute in Stoke-on-Trent, the Cleveland Pools in Bath, the Govan Hill Baths in Glasgow and the Old War Office in London.
BA Spatial Economics, Urban Management
BSc Spatial Planning and Engineering
MSc Spatial Economics
Dates: 2016 – present
Kinga joined Fluid / Soundings in January 2016 after graduating from the Cracow University of Economics and having completed a three months researcher post at the Natural Science Department at Middlesex University, where she conducted research on the contribution made by urban green-blue spaces to environmental quality.
During her master’s studies she completed a semester in International Cooperation and Urban Development Studies at the Institute of Urbanism in Grenoble, France, where she has been a member of ‘Planning for Syria’ workshops aiming to tackle the complex issue of post-conflict reconstruction in Syria. Previously she interned at Climate Change Department at the Institute of Housing and Urban Development Studies at Erasmus University Rotterdam.
She is an urban planner with a double bachelor’s degree in Spatial Economics, Urban Management and Spatial Planning & Engineering, and a master’s degree in Spatial Economics.
Since joining Soundings Kinga has worked on a range of projects including Wood Green Investment Framework Consultation for the LB Haringey, Canada Water Masterplan for British Land and UCL East masterplan for LLDC.
She is currently a team member of King’s Cross Community Benefit Strategy and recently joined the team working on the Charlton Masterplan project, located in North Greenwich, for a private client. For these projects she has planned and managed consultation events, delivered analysis of feedback, carried out stakeholder mapping, and contributed to the production of reports.
Part II Arch. Assis.
Part II Arch. Assis.
Midweight | Graphic & Digital Designer
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