Vicky Payne

Vicky joined URBED in January 2015, from development consultancy Hallam Land Management. Her role at Hallam involved managing large schemes through the planning process, instructing and liaising with the consultant team, engaging with key stakeholders including the community and identifying logical sites for development. This client side experience has enhanced her understanding of planning and urban design.

Within URBED Vicky works on a wide variety of planning, urbanism and design relatated multi-disciplinary projects, both producing work and acting as a project manager.

Vicky studied at The University of Manchester graduating with a First Class Masters in Town and Country Planning, focusing particularly on urban design. Her dissertation comprised a design study identifying regeneration opportunities around Victoria Station in Manchester. During the course Vicky also worked part time at an urban design consultancy where she was involved in character studies, masterplanning and community consultation. Vicky is interested in global approaches to development; she spent half of her second year studying in Hong Kong and has also spent a summer working for a charity in Calcutta, India.

Vicky was a member of the RTPI North West Young Planners committee for 3 years, helping to plan and promote their activities. Through URBED she now runs 4x4 Manchester an annual series of “Ted Talk” style urban design events which seek to challenge how people think about the built environment. She is passionate about engaging with people on matters of urban design, and has undertaken workshops and presentations for students from the University of Manchester, University of Liverpool and New York University.

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Vicky Payne