Martyn will talk about what binds all those places – people and their happiness – and how we, as shapers of place have a responsibility to use stories from the past, a clear understanding of the problems of the now to create the solutions of the future. “We can’t just be property developers, architects, engineers and landscape designers”, he maintains. “We have to be agents of socio-economic change, making places that create the opportunity for people to live good lives.”
Martyn is Creative Director at U+I, the specialist mixed-use regeneration developer that is part of the Landsec Group. Martyn spent 17 years with Cathedral Group, now U+I, including six years on the board before leaving to become the Development Director at the 1,200-acre Dartington Hall Estate in Devon in 2016.
He returned to U+I in 2019 to deliver the creative strategy at the heart of its multi-billion pound, purpose-driven regeneration development portfolio including major regeneration schemes in London, Glasgow, Brighton, Cardiff and Cambridge. Martyn is Chair of the London Festival of Architecture’s Festival Committee and founder of The Young Architects and Developers Alliance (YADA), a networking organisation that fuels partnership and understanding between young architects and developers. Martyn has been a jury member of the AJ's Small Projects, The Architect of the Year, the NLA and the Estates Gazette Awards, writes a regular column in BDOnline and contributes to the Estates Gazette.
The talk is chaired by Lucy Bullivant Hon FRIBA, Trustee, Temple Bar Trust
This event includes a complimentary networking reception with the speaker and audience members following the talk.