The Design Commission for Wales has appointed Wendy Richards, former principal urban designer at Newport City Council and Newport Unlimited, as development director.
As an experienced urban designer and landscape architect, Richards has previously been involved in delivering a number of design projects, ranging from an urban park development in Hong Kong’s New Territories to the Riverfront Theatre in Newport.
Richards believes Wales has a unique opportunity to take a strong lead in innovative design in Europe through its use of sustainable design principles.
Part of Richard’s role at the commission will be to find potential champions in the community who can carry the baton for good design and improve the places in which people live.
She says, ‘Part of my role at the commission is to continue to develop this link with people and organisations, building on the work already done on our education programme My Square Mile, delivering training about good design principles and encouraging local authorities and developers to use the commission’s free design review service. People need to understand the legacy which they are creating, to deliver places which Wales and its people can be justly proud of.’
The commission was established by the Welsh Assembly government.