PLACE Committee

Headline Purpose

Chaired by David Coyles, the committee’s purpose is to explore the regeneration of Planning Landscape Architecture Community Environment, more commonly known as PLACE, with a view to establishing a sustainable structure to:

(i) aid co-operation between the key organisations involved in shaping the future of architecture and the built environment in Northern Ireland, with a particular focus on Belfast.

(ii) agree and steer a programme of activities to inform, engage and empower the public on matters of architecture and the built environment.

How will this purpose be achieved

  • Develop a list of desired activities with clear outcomes that should be explored for delivery in the short term (in current year).
  • Develop a list of desired activities with clear outcomes that may be deliverable over the medium and longer term. Activities to focus on (i) collaborative working to improve the built environment, and (ii) public outreach.
  • Identify funding sources in the short term, for next 2 years and for the following 5-year period.
  • Agree the resources to be put in place to carry out the actions agreed by this Committee. E.g. RSUA to seek tenders for project support or directly employ personnel.
  • Engage with other organisations outside the core group. E.g. community groups, social partnerships.
  • On an annual basis review whether a new standalone legal entity should be established to carry out this programme of work.

Public benefit

The built environment has an enormous impact on the public. This committee is focused on helping our built environment develop in a way which supports health and wellbeing, enhances economic activity and addresses climate change. Greater co-operation between the key organisations responsible for the built environment should help these organisations more effectively meet the needs of society. Increased public understanding of architecture and the built environment will lead to enhanced public input into decision making and thus better outcomes for all. 

Committee membership and contact details

PLACE Committee Chair, David Coyles

Name RoleOrganisation
Patrick AndersonActing Director for Belfast RegenerationDepartment for Communities (DfC)
Clive BradberryChairChartered Institute of Highways & Transport (CIHT)
Chris CavesChairInstitution of Civil Engineers (ICE)
Damien CorrBID ManagerCathedral Quarter (CQ) Business Improvement District
David CoylesPLACE Committee ChairRoyal Society of Ulster Architects (RSUA)
Simon HamiltonChief ExecutiveBelfast Chamber of Commerce
Gemma JoblingBranch ChairRoyal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)
Angus KerrChief PlannerDepartment for Infrastructure (DfI)
Liz LoughranDirector of Transport PolicyDepartment for Infrastructure (DfI)
Suzanne LyleHead of Visual ArtsArts Council NI
Ciaran MackelRepresentativeUlster University
Chris McCrackenManaging DirectorLinen Quarter (LQ) Business Improvement District
Colin McCrossanStrategic Advisor Estate Planning & ManagementStrategic Investment Board (SIB)
Alistair ReidStrategic Director of Place and EconomyBelfast City Council
Barrie ToddArchitectRoyal Society of Ulster Architects (RSUA)
Maeve WallsDirector of CultureDepartment for Communities (DfC)
David WatkissChairLandscape Institute
Roisin WilmottDirector of Wales and Northern IrelandRoyal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)

Meeting frequency/pre-arranged dates

The Committee will have three standing meetings per year in February, June and October. The Committee may also agree to additional ad hoc full committee meetings or small working group meetings.

The proposed meeting dates for 2022 are as follows:

  • 12.30pm on Wednesday 2 February 2022
  • 12.30pm on Wednesday 8 June 2022
  • 12.30pm on Wednesday 12 October 2022


RSUA members who are interested in joining this committee should contact Courtney on