George Baines - Contributor

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George is a final year Urban Studies and Planning student at the University of Sheffield and is hoping to eventually work at consultancy level. He has particular interests in large infrastructure projects, homebuilding schemes and regeneration.



City of birth: Northampton, UK


Favourite place in the world:  Centro Histórico, Cusco


Arjun Lal - Contributor

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Arjun’s interest in urban planning heavily stems from the real impact that he believes the built environment has on social wellbeing. He is currently studying an integrated masters in Town and Regional Planning at the University of Liverpool. 



City of Birth: Kabul, UK


Favourite place in the world: City of Arts and Sciences, Valencia 

Natasha Marjoram - Contributor

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Natasha believes the importance of the built environment lies in its ability to create socially inclusive environments. To her, this means planning cities for those who are often marginalised. She studied Cities and Global Development (MA), at The University of Sheffield.  



City of Birth: Leeds, UK

Favourite place in the world:  Florida Road, Durban

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CJ Obi - Director

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CJ is driven to promote the built environment sector and has a passion for cities and people; developed from studying Urban Planning, Design & Management (BSc) and European Property Development (MSc), both at University College London (UCL).  



City of Birth: London, UK


Favourite place in the world: Manhattan (Lower East Side), New York

Sylvia Moffatt - Contributor

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Sylvia is passionate about creating climate and flood resilient urban communities, specifically through bottom-up planning and design. She obtained her MA Urban Design & Planning from the University of Sheffield and BSc Geography & Urban Studies from McGill University. 


City of birth: Vancouver, UK


Favourite place in the world: Jardin du Palais Royal, Paris.

Leah Ella-Hegarty - Contributor

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Leah has a keen interest in regeneration and economic development in the built environment. She is currently studying Town and Regional Planning at the University of Liverpool and has a strong interest in regeneration and economic development.



City of Birth: Liverpool, UK


Favourite place in the world: Park Guell, Barcelona.

Amy Paterson - Contributor

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Amy has recently completed her MA in Cities and Global Development at The University of Sheffield and is now an aspiring Town Planner. She  has gained international research experience and seen insights into the importance of social inclusivity in urban planning. 




City of Birth: Essex, UK


Favourite place in the world:  Sahara Desert. 

Christian Cardiss - Contributor

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Christian’s desire to pursue a career in urban planning is rooted in his commitment to affect material change and a sustainable growth in cities. He is an Urban Regeneration and Development (MSc) student at the University of Manchester and has also completed an Urban Regeneration and Planning (BA) at the University of Liverpool.


City of Birth: Leeds, UK


Favourite place in the world: Friedrichstrasse, Berlin

Abigail Upton - Content Creator

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Abigail is currently studying Geography (BA) at the University of Sheffield and has already had experience in various planning companies and authorities. Urban Studies has always been an interest of hers – especially international planning, as she enjoyed spending time researching the place and space of Berlin. 


 City of Birth: Burton-on-Trent, UK


Favourite place in the world: Jaco Beach, Jaco

Emily Hindle - Contributor

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Emily is a 3rd year MPlan student at Newcastle University. She enjoys studying transport infrastructure and researching the creation of resilient cites to mitigate natural and human induced disaster. She regularly volunteers in schools for a planning organisation to teach younger generations about planning.


City of birth: Leeds, UK


Favourite place in the world: Bentota, Sri Lanka