Sustainable Masterplanning advice

Team

The team comprises sustainability specialists from architectural and scientific backgrounds all working with a common goal to produce the best, most beautiful buildings and places.

By bringing together experts in sustainability from different backgrounds we take advantage of opportunities a less integrated approach might not even find.

Jess Hrivnak

BA Mphil DipArch

Senior Sustainability Consultant

I am passionate about sustainability and design. I enjoy working within a team and with clients to develop creative solutions that have tangible results.

A project works best when a sustainable approach is chosen right from the start. I assist in integrating environmental aims into the design process, helping a project’s sustainability credentials to be truly interwoven.

I’m keen to help clients and designers understand and communicate sustainable design effectively.. As well as holding and facilitating Sustainability Workshops for clients, I’ve written sustainable design guides and generated sustainability key performance indicators for masterplans. I have also written a property selection tool and sustainability design manual for the British Council to help ’green’ their offices all around the world.

Sustainability involves so much more than energy. I’m also interested in looking at environmental footprinting, corporate social responsibility and behaviour change.

Bill Gething

MA Dipl Arch RIBA

Sustainability Consultant

An independent architecture and sustainability consultant working with the Max Fordham Sustainability Team, I specialise in climate change adaptation and thermally upgrading existing buildings.

As an architect at Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, I spent many years working alongside engineers from Max Fordham. I provide a broader perspective to the Practice’s design approach, while getting involved with projects where my skills add most value.

A Partner at Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios for nearly thirty years, I developed broad experience across masterplanning, bespoke offices, higher education buildings, housing and designing caring communities. I helped deliver many projects contributing to its reputation as leaders in sustainability.

I'm also involved in numerous other projects, including reporting for the UK Technology Strategy Board, working with the Energy Saving Trust and being an external examiner for the Architectural Association Sustainable Environmental Design Masters course.

Hero Bennett

MSci MPhil MCIOB CEnv

Senior Sustainability Consultant

I help clients to explore, define and achieve their sustainability aspirations. My work helps form excellent sustainable design that is appropriate for users, the site and the wider environment.

My experience gives me a broad understanding of what sustainability issues need to be considered during design. Having taken projects from design to site as an Engineer, I can appreciate some of the practical difficulties in delivering sustainability targets.

Communication throughout the process is key to overcoming these difficulties. I’m trained to facilitate sustainability discussions to set the aspirations and brief, communicate design options and help the team choose effective design strategies.

I also have experience explaining sustainability externally, through both public consultations and in presenting 'The Sustainability Matrix', a communication tool developed by Max Fordham and published in the Architects Journal in 2010. The work is varied; from looking at material selection for a private house to developing a masterplan’s sustainability and energy strategy. I’m interested in it all.

I am also experienced in Passivhaus design.

Henry Pelly

BA MSc MPhil

Sustainability Consultant

There’s something satisfying about being in a well-conditioned space, where the temperature is just right, the air is fresh, the light-level appropriate.

But the things that make a difference to how a building feels are not immediately obvious to the eye. It’s about having the right systems in place and the processes that support efficient building operation that make the difference.

My background is in psychology, environmental design and architecture and I think this is a potent combination for making better buildings. Design can influence human behaviour, but the complexity and reality of human behaviour should also influence design.

I advise design teams on how they can apply sustainability concepts and methodologies to produce better buildings; buildings that work. BREEAM is one of the useful tools that can help meet this end. When approached in the right spirit as a holistic and robust standard rather than another form of compliance, it provides an excellent framework to ensure that the details that deliver better building survive to the end of the construction process.

Sustainable Masterplanning advice