Issue date: 22 May 2002

Richard Parnaby, a principal lecturer from the University of the West of England has been appointed to chair of the new Design Commission for Wales which will champion good architecture and design throughout Wales. The Minister for the Environment, Sue Essex, launched the Design Commission on Thursday 16 May at the National Assembly in Cardiff Bay.

Richard said, “The establishment of the Design Commission is a great opportunity for Wales. Our role is to demonstrate to all who make new buildings and care for out heritage – developers, investors, government, councils – and the people who use and live with the places we create, that good design is not an optional extra. It is essential to a sustainable economy and vibrant national culture.”

The Design Commission will promote a wider understanding of design issues and the importance of good standards in enhancing the built environment across the public and private sector in Wales.

Richard Parnaby lives in Barry and leads a unique undergraduate course combining architecture and planning at UWE’s Faculty of the Built Environment. Before taking up post in 1996 he was a partner in an architectural practice in Wales for 16 years. He is a member of the Council and Board of RIBA and is vice Chair of the Institute’s education committee. He holds degree in architecture and planning from Liverpool University and a master’s degree in architecture from the University of Oregon.


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