Panel Co-Chair Annie Coombs FLI encourages LI members to take advantage of the opportunity to contribute to the quality of built developments in the North West of England

Places Matter, the independent design review service for North West England, are seeking new panel members for the 3-year period beginning January 2020.

Hosted by the RIBA and based at RIBA North in Liverpool, the Design Review Panel operates under the Ten Principles of Good Design to provide impartial design advice during the development process. Since its inception in 2007, the Design Review Panel has reviewed nearly 700 schemes, with a combined value of more than £5bn.

Working across the public, private and third sectors, the panel aims to:

  • foster a strong sense of place in living, working and leisure environments
  • drives up the skills and knowledge of those involved in new development
  • promote good design and encourage strong client leadership

In line with the Nolan Principles, Places Matter reviews the Panel every three years to add fresh faces and new impetus. Applications for Places Matter Design Review Panel members for the 3-year period beginning January 2020 are now open. Applications from experts in the fields of urban design, architecture, sustainability, accessibility, landscape architecture, heritage, engineering, the arts, planning, investment and development are all welcome.

Annie Coombs FLI, a landscape architect, co-chairs the panel alongside architect Matt Brook. She said:

‘If you are interested in helping to assess architectural designs, complex projects, masterplans and strategic development frameworks, then this is your opportunity to contribute to the quality of development in the built environment. We offer an impartial service to designers, developers and local authorities to review all schemes proposed within the North West of England. All of our Panels have a mix of skills from the built environment and never focus on just one discipline.’

Panel members will be remunerated at the revised rate of £300. Joining the Panel does not guarantee any or a minimum number of days’ work, but Places Matter try to use as many panel members as they can over the course of the contract period.

For further information about Places Matter, visit To apply for the Panel, please email a 1-page letter of introduction and your current CV to by 12.00pm on Wednesday 27 November.

RIBA, who will issue the contracts, is committed to developing a diverse workforce and encourages applications from all sections of society. If you have any questions, please get in touch with Richard Tracey on 07841 458696.


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