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

Christina Norton

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.

Steve McAdam

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.

Ciron Edwards

BSc (Hons.) Dip Arch UNL
Associate Director
Dates: 1999 – present

Ciron joined Fluid in 1999 and is a founding member of Soundings. He has led a wide range of urban design, regeneration and architectural projects across the UK, all founded on extensive key stakeholder engagement and public consultation. He is expert in facilitating workshops and meetings between stakeholders and resident groups including the careful handling of delicate situations such as the loss of homes and difficult development sites.

Ciron is particularly experienced in working with school communities to develop visions, design briefs and outline designs as part of the Building Schools for the Future and Primary Capital programmes.

He is currently leading the public and stakeholder engagement for the Elephant & Castle consultation on behalf of Lend Lease.

Afolabi Spence

Dip Arch UNL ARB
Associate Director
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.

Elly Tabberer

BA (Hons)
Senior Associate
Dates: 2008 – present

Elly is a designer with a background in architectural and urban design but has added experience of executed theatre designs and contemporary operatic installations in recent years. Her work is based around ideas of narrative within architecture and site-specific qualities. Recently she has been involved in large and small-scale performance based projects with a number of practitioners including Punchdrunk.

Elly joined Soundings in November 2008 and has subsequently working on a range of residential and education projects in London and the midlands. She is currently leading public consultation and engagement for the complex Chelsea Barracks project, handling client and consultant team liaison, public liaison, communications and co-ordinating consultation events and reporting. She has also played a pivotal role in building good relations with many key local stakeholders and opinion formers.

Miriam Levin

BA (Hons) MA
Senior Associate
Dates: 2012 – present

Miriam joined Soundings with many years’ experience working with communities on built environment projects, as an artist, an archaeologist and lately as Head of Outreach at English Heritage, where she spent eight years running the national programme of over 500 projects to engage people with their local historic environment. She moved from heritage to regeneration in order to work with communities to get involved in shaping their neighbourhoods. In 2012, she wrote the guidance for Newham Council for developers on pre-application community consultation, and produced development guidance for London Legacy Development Corporation on creative industries.

Her postgraduate studies range from urban design to city regeneration to public archaeology. She brings elements of all of these disciplines to Soundings, as well as skills in community engagement, brokering partnerships, facilitation, and management of large scale, complex projects.

Miriam is currently working on a major project in Victoria for Grosvenor, and in Fitzrovia for Derwent London.

Amanda Walker

BA (Hons) Interior Architecture
Associate
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.

Kat Davis

MA Cantab, DipArch LMU, RIBA part II
Associate
Dates: October 2008 – present

Kat is an architectural designer with co-design experience in public realm, housing and mixed use developments. She co-devised and led consultation at the Timber Wharves ‘playscape’ working alongside Bold Creative, who provided outreach to the children and young people.

She also ran the public engagement and outreach for Sneinton Market in Nottingham for Patel Taylor architects and was a workshop facilitator for Qatari Diar’s Chelsea Barracks project.

Kat is Project Lead for the Industri[us] project, which seeks to create a new local economy based uponreuse and recycling in London Borough of Newham. The initiative includes a Market as a key component to drive change in the local area, through training and mentoring programmes.

Georgina Chimarrides

BA (Hons) MA
Consultation Coordinator
Dates: 2010 – present

Working closely with Ciron Edwards, Georgina is currently involved in the  consultation under way in Elephant and Castle, coordinating engagement sessions, analysing consultation data and liaising with key clientele.

Georgina’s main focus is user-centered design to assure that public spaces and services reflect the wants and needs of a community. She has designed both temporary and permanent spatial environments as well as interactive public interventions and participatory workshops.

Projects she has been involved in include small scale-residential projects both in the UK and Cyprus, exhibition design for the Hunterian Museum, an award-winning interactive installation for the London Festival of Architecture 2008 and architecture workshops for Camden Council as part of the Living Heritage programme. Georgina has also lead youth engagement workshops in collaboration with Tower Hamlets and through these sessions developed a creative toolkit which enables facilitators to create compelling workshops in a short period of time.

Sarah Khamisi

BA (Graphic Design), BA (Interior Design), MA
Web designer | Creative Direction

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.

Crona Connolly

BA (Visual Communications), HDip (Education), MA
Project Leader
Dates: 2012 – present

Crona enjoys the multi-faceted role as Project Leader with Soundings which gives her the opportunity to draw upon her many talents and interests.

She has extensive experience in the management of projects based on community engagement – from the day to day running of the social enterprise ‘Industri[us]’ in partnership with project sponsors Fluid to the co-ordination of projects such as the London Dock proposals for St George PLC, Tottenham’s Future for Haringey Council, the initial consultation on the Aylesbury Estate Regeneration for Notting Hill Housing and events for other projects including Wood Wharf, Pinewood and Chelsea Barracks.

Crona has prepared and facilitated public workshops, youth engagement programs, exhibitions and pop-up events, as well as undertaken extensive local area and stakeholder research. She has produced comprehensive public project documents including Statements of Community Involvement.

Her education in Art & Design Education and Visual Communication is often utilsed in the generation of creative and innovative tools serving to engage people, young and old.

She has previously run workshops with the British Museum, the Living Heritage program with Camden Council and the Office of Public Works in Ireland. She is also a consultant with Bealtaine Arts Festival, which celebrates creativity in older people and she is an advisor to Alternative City, a group that looks at ways design can improve cities. Prior to her MA and joining Soundings Crona ran a fine art gallery in Dublin for 7 years.

Beverley White

BA (Hons) MA
Project Leader
Dates: 2012 – present

Beverley joined Soundings in July 2012 and comes from a background in placemaking and community engagement. To date she has worked on the consultation for Pinewood Studios and a redevelopment project in Grosvenor Crecent, co-ordinating engagement events, liaising with key stakeholders, analysing material and producing consultation reports.

Beverley has been involved in numerous architectural projects both temporary and permanent. She jointly put on a festival re-imagining the city of Larnaka in Cyprus and was also a key member of the architectural team designing the Athletes Village for the London 2102 Olympics.

Beverley recently completed her Masters degree at Central Saint Martins developing a unique methodology for understanding place, focused on Somers Town in Central London. In 2009 she spent six months travelling through India and Nepal and lived and worked as a development volunteer in a small tribal village in Kerala, Southern India.

Alex Heath

BA (Hons) MSc
Consultation Assistant
Dates: 2012 – present

Since joining Soundings in July 2012, Alex has been a key team member in several projects including the expansion of Pinewood Studios and the redevelopment of Wood Wharf, where he conducted on the ground outreach, event support, analysed consultation data and helped to produce reports and presentations.

Alex studied as a city planner with a focus on urban design, regeneration and community development. Prior to moving to London to complete his master’s degree in urban design, he was involved in several town centre regeneration projects in his native Southern California.

In London he was a contributor to the LSE Cities Programme’s studio publication, entitled City Street, which involved analysing London’s A11 corridor and devising interventions to improve the social infrastructure and pubic realm in light of ‘High Street  2012’. Alex is a natural communicator at our consultation events and his grasp of issues shows he is an avid student of cities.

Tomasz Crompton

BA (Hons) MA
Consultation Assistant
Dates: 2012 – present

Tomasz joined Soundings in July 2012 and to date has worked on several projects including the social enterprise Industri[us] “Festival of Upcycling” in Canning Town, and public consultation for London Dock, the redevelopment of Wood Wharf and Brentford High Street, with roles directing site management, coordinating engagement events, facilitating on the ground outreach and assisting to produce consultation reports.

During his studies, Tomasz concentrated on addressing social issues within communities with thesis projects concentrating on rebranding the model of social housing “from a council estate of mind to subversive urbanism”, and focused on prescribing a vessel infrastructure as part of a “global health service”, and has exhibited with RCA Sustain, The London Design Festival and the ManGroup Drawing Prize.

Claire Whetton

BA (Hons) MA
Consultation Assistant
Dates: 2012 – present

Since joining Soundings in July 2012 Claire has been a part of several project teams, in particular Making Eccleston Place and 200-222 Kings Road. She is involved in the co-ordination and facilitation of events engaging the community, including pop-up events, workshops and exhibitions. She also inputs and analyses feedback from the public.

Recently Claire completed a Masters in Creative Practice for Narrative Environments at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, where she was involved in many live and interactive projects including ‘Speakers Corner in every playground’ a series of workshops inspiring school children to take a stand on issues important to them. She now looks to further her learning from the MA, within Soundings, looking at the importance of linking the design of urban spaces with the way a community works and interacts.

Matt McAllen

BA (Hons)
Graphic Designer
Dates: 2012 – present

Matt joined Soundings in September 2012 and specialises in the visual communication of consultation material, joining Sarah to create our first graphics department.

Since joining, Matt has been involved in Brentford High Street and Waterside Regeneration for the Ballymore Group and the Shell Centre Redevelopment for Qatari Diar, amongst other projects.

Matt graduated from the University of Portsmouth in July 2012 with first class honours in Graphic Design. He is applying his knowledge of typography and information design to the production of informative and engaging consultation tools.

 


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