London Mayor, Sadiq Khan has appointed 42 new Mayor’s Design Advocates (MDAs) – including Tibbalds Director Hilary Satchwell and many other high-profile practitioners and rising stars. These independent experts will support the Mayor’s Good Growth by Design (GGbD) programme and help shape London into a better city by promoting quality and inclusion on the built environment.
"I am really pleased to be reappointed as an MDA with the second cohort of advisors to the Mayor of London. This programme's focus on good growth, good design and good practice has had some real impact on what and how we build and how we make sure it is properly inclusive and for all. I am looking forward to supporting the new priorities for this work, contributing to research and good practice guidance and as part of the London Review Panel - and to working with the new design advocates."
– Hilary Satchwell, Director at Tibbalds
The Good Growth by Design Programme
The GGbD programme calls on all involved in London’s growing architectural, design and built environment professions to help realise the Mayor’s vision, using the skills of the MDAs and the wider sector, including teams at City Hall and across the GLA Group, the London boroughs and other public bodies. The group of 42 MDAs have experience in both the public and private sector, include practitioners, academics, policymakers and those from community-led initiatives. 55 per cent are women and 45 per cent come from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds.
The new team will support the updated Good Growth by Design programme which has a new forward programme responding to four years of change. The updated GGbD program also:
- Reflects on the importance of an inclusive recovery from a pandemic that has highlighted inequalities in the capital,
- Reflects on the need to counter racism and other forms of prejudice in the built environment,
- Considers the reconfiguration of high streets and other workspaces after the pandemics accelerated change in the way Londoners use the city,
- Highlights the urgent need to meet net zero by 2030
The new team will work on three main objectives, as well as the previous existing aims and objectives:
Utilising expertise spanning the range of specialisms needed across the Greater London Authority Group to support quality, sustainability and inclusion in the built environment, in line with the Mayor’s Good Growth by Design programme.
Shaping and supporting activities delivered as part of the London Recovery Programme. This could include work undertaken as part of the recovery missions, led by the London Recovery Board, or more general work towards its aims.
Being reflective of London’s diverse population and equipped to support the delivery of an inclusive built environment in which a spectrum of experiences and communities are valued and able to play a role in shaping the capital’s future.