Citiesmode is a city planning research and training consultancy based in Alan Baxter’s shared workspace in Cowcross Street in Farringdon, London.
We have hands-on knowledge of urban planning practice, from research and policy development to project and systems support, and are always looking to create innovative digital tools and resources to support anyone engaged in planning. Our online training courses, channel and blog aim to demystify many aspects of the planning system.
We collaborate with the Planning Advisory Service, local planning authorities, property developers, built environment consultancies, educational institutions, and any other people who have great ideas.
Meet the team:
Sara Dilmamode MSc MRTPI graduated from the London School of Economics with a MSc in Regional and Urban Planning and is a chartered urban planner with more than 15 years experience in the private and public sector, including roles at GVA, Westminster City Council and Southwark Council. Sara has significant expertise in plan making, developer contributions (community infrastructure levy and planning obligations) and planning process improvement projects. An experienced trainer, at Citiesmode Sara developed the Planning TV project with Dentons’ leading Planning and Public Law team and leads on Citiesmode’s urban planning research and training projects. Sara is interested in innovative urban planning practice and helping to demystify and explain complex planning processes.
Sara’s favourite place: “My favourite place in the world? London of course. I like wandering down Savile Row after a trip to the Royal Academy for a whisky with my Uncle Johnny – a Savile Row fixture!”
Philip Liu MSc graduated with a MSc International Planning degree from the Bartlett School of Planning (UCL) and also holds a BA in Chinese and Politics (SOAS, 2010). Before going into planning, Philip worked as an English teacher in a rural part of Japan for a couple of years, worked at the Japanese Embassy in London, and then moved on to a charitable foundation that builds up UK-Japan links in the arts and sciences.
Philip is interested in new ways to democratise planning, such as through educational tools or other methods that make planning more accessible to non-planners.
Holly Templeton MSc graduated from UCL with and MSc in International Planning, specialising in urban design. She also holds a BA in History from the School of Oriental and African Studies. Holly has worked in both Urban design and Planning in London since graduation, and has trained with the Princes Foundation and the Institute of Classical Art andArchitecture in New York to pursue an interest in vernacular and classical urban traditions.
Holly’s favourite place: ” My favourite places in any city are its transport hubs – train stations, bus depots…They combine two of my favourite things; an ample choice of coffee venues and the opportunity for exciting journeys and exploration.“
Adam Dodgson MA MRTPI is a chartered planner with over 21 years experience. He was previously at the Planning Advisory Service (PAS), where he was a Principal Consultant for over eight years. Adam led on the local plan work at PAS, advising councils and devising their direct support programme. He also worked on secondment as the Head of Policy at Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council where he took the plan to Submission and successfully through a pre-hearing meeting. Prior to this Adam worked at the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) where he wrote the 2008 Town and Country Planning Regulations and worked on PPS12. He has also worked as a policy planner for a combined 10 years at Stevenage, Wandsworth and Gedling councils. He is based in Washington, D.C.
Adam’s favourite place: “My favourite place in any city is a coffee shop. If I know the people who work there then all the better. But it’s a great place to people watch and to strike up a conversation with a stranger. You can talk about anything, whether you see them with a common interest, or overhear a conversation about something or somewhere you know and love. I’ve found people are very happy to talk to strangers, in the right setting, and a coffee shop is such a setting”
Shelley McPhee BSc is a photographer and cinematographer with a particular interest in environmental and architectural photography. She is also an environmental manager with specialist expertise in water management and sustainability appraisals.
Shelley’s passions are environmental sustainability and enjoys projects that help people become aware of innovative practices that lead to better cities.
Shelley’s favourite place: “Hmm I know so many to choose from for different reasons. I can’t decide between the landscape of south east Iceland, the high atlas mountains in Morocco, North Sumatra rainforest, harbour at Kowloon in Hong Kong, the coastline of Turkey…”