The management group of Leeds Love it Share It consists of academics and cultural and architectural practitioners. Our expertise is drawn from the University of Leeds (School of Geography), Bauman Lyons Architects and the Permaculture Association.

Irena Bauman

Irena Bauman is a practising Architect and a founding Director of Bauman Lyons Architects. She is a Professor of Sustainable Urbanism at Sheffield University School of Architecture and Director of Building Local Resilience research platform. She is also an External Examiner at Manchester School of Architecture and the Chair of the Regional Design Review Panel. She was Commissioner for Commission for Architecture and the Build Environment for UK from 2002–2009. Her practice and research are concerned with how architecture and architectural thinking can facilitate local communities to mitigate, adapt and become more resilient to the uncertainties that lie ahead. She recently completed two research projects funded by Technology Strategy Board to develop Climate Change Adaptation Strategies and is currently working on Innovate UK funded projects into off-site construction methods. She is the author of How to be a Happy Architect in which she challenges the architectural establishment to be more in tune with the needs of communities and is currently writing Retrofitting Neighbourhoods – Designing for Resilience in which she is collating some international case studies of neighbourhood-scale projects which pave the way towards transformative change. Watch a short film about her ideas here.                                                                                           Linkedin : Irena Bauman   Twitter: @IrenaBauman

Paul Chatterton

Paul Chatterton is Professor of Urban Futures in Geography at the University of Leeds where he co-founded the Research Cluster and MA in ‘Activism and Social Change’. He is currently Director of the University’s Sustainable Cities Group. He has written extensively on urban change and renewal, civic experimentation and movements for social and ecological justice. Paul co-directs the N8 universities ‘Urban Living’ research programme and Director of a cross-research council Urban Living Pilot programme in Leeds called TRUE (Transformational Routemapping for Urban Environments). He is co-founder of the public charity Antipode dedicated to research and scholarship in radical geography and an associate editor of the journal City. Paul is also co-founder, first secretary and resident of the pioneering and award-winning Leeds-based low impact housing co-operative Lilac.

Andy Goldring

Andy Goldring is Chief Executive of the Permaculture Association, the national charity supporting people to learn about and use the ethical and ecological design approach that is permaculture. Andy lives in Leeds and is an active teacher and designer in the Leeds Permaculture Network and a member of Feed Leeds. He advises both urban and rural projects and is currently working on a series of international network-building projects: the European Permaculture Network, Ecolise, (bringing together Transition Towns, Ecovillage Networks, Permaculture and other community-led sustainability initiatives), and the Permaculture Co-Lab — an action learning project that seeks to enhance the coherence and effectiveness of the global permaculture movement.

Simon Maddy is an architectural designer, living and practising in Leeds. He has been involved in a variety of projects across the region from early-stage feasibility studies through to built work. His current interest is in how we can use leftover spaces in the city and surrounding neighbourhoods for the benefit of local communities.

Yun Wing Ng

Yun Wing Ng is an architectural designer who has worked on a number of both urban and building scale projects for public sector clients. She was Research Assistant on a pilot project exploring ‘What could a co-production lab be for Leeds?’ which became Leeds City Lab, a multi-disciplinary network promoting co-production opportunities around the city. She is interested in citizen-initiated projects and processes that activate urban and neighbourhood spaces.

Rachael Unsworth

Rachael Unsworth is a freelance urban geographer with a particular interest in the long-term future of cities. She was a lecturer at the University of Leeds 1994–2013 and has been involved in many strands of research and policy development in Leeds: sustainable regeneration, land use planning, housing (including city living), climate change, natural resources. She has been involved in Leeds Sustainable Development Group since it started in 2010. She was co-editor of 21st century Leeds: geographies of a regional city, a sixteen-chapter book about the contemporary city.