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Quality communities - how to build sustainable communities fit for the future

22 April 2010

Leading architect and award winning urban planner Roger Evans will argue that we will all need to aim far higher in terms of design quality if we are to succeed in building sustainable communities fit for the future.

In a public lecture at Cardiff University’s School of City and Regional Planning Roger Evans who is also managing director of studio|REAL, author of the Urban Design Compendium 2, and masterplanner of the multiple award-winning Harlow urban extension, will set out the principles and processes of urban design which will deliver sustainable places.

Aimed at everyone involved in shaping and maintaining the built environment, the Sam Romaya Memorial Lecture will be used to explore the barriers to good design identified in the Urban Design Compendium 2 written for the English Homes and Communities Agency. Roger Evans will describe the experimental urban design work being undertaken at Newhall, Harlow and outline the basis of best practice placemaking.

The Sam Romaya Memorial Lecture is part of the School of City and Regional Planning’s innovation and engagement programme and will be chaired by Professor John Punter.

Professor Punter said: "Urban design is fundamental to adding social, economic and environmental value to our neighbourhoods and ensuring that they are sustainable. One of our School’s strengths lies in the area of sustainable urban design and this lecture provides the opportunity to learn from an expert practitioner in this field."

The public lecture will take place on Tuesday 27 April at 5.30pm in the Glamorgan Building on King Edward V11 Avenue in Cardiff. The event is free and open to members of the public. Places can be booked by contacting Evelyn Osborne via email at


For more information contact:

Lowri Jones
Communications and International Relations
Cardiff University
T: 02920 870 995

Notes to Editors:
Roger Evans is an architect and urban planner whose practice studio|REAL focuses on urban design and masterplanning. He is a former lecturer and examiner in the Joint Centre for Urban Design at Oxford Brookes University and former external examiner at Cardiff University’s MA in Urban Design. He is a past chair of the Urban Design Group and currently a trustee of that organisation. He is an Enabler for CABE and sits on their Eco-town Design Review Panel.
Roger has worked on numerous towns and cities in the UK and abroad at scales ranging from strategic spatial planning, urban extensions and town centre strategies and is the master planner for the award winning Newhall neighbourhood in Harlow. He was lead author of Urban Design Compendium 2 (for English Partnerships and the Housing Corporation) and is now updating this for the Homes and Communities Agency. The book has been distributed to 37 counties worldwide.

2. Sam Romaya was a senior lecturer in the School of City and Regional Planning between 1982-2002, and was a passionate advocate of urban design. He made important contributions to the Cardiff Civic Society and served on several local Conservation Advisory Committees. The annual public lecture was established in his memory to enable the school to host distinguished national urban design experts to talk to engage School, local planners, designers, and interested citizens.

3. Cardiff School of City and Regional Planning is the largest and most active planning school in the UK and has an outstanding record of academic achievement. Its teaching has been rated as ‘excellent’ and the latest government assessment of research in British universities has reinforced its status as the premier academic School of its type in Britain.
The School plays a leading international role in its fields of expertise and its research has an agenda-setting influence in key debates on the development, management and sustainability of cities and regions.
The School’s research is structured around five large research groups and is leading developments in environment; housing; spatial analysis; spatial planning and city environments; and urban and regional governance.

4. Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities and is a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s most research intensive universities. Among its academic staff are two Nobel Laureates, including the winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Medicine, Professor Sir Martin Evans.

Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, today the University combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning.