Members of the Advisory Committee for the Bloomsbury Conservation Areas

Hugh Cullum (Chair)

MArch PhD (Cantab) RIBA SCA

Hugh has been a practising architect in London since 1986 and founded Hugh Cullum Architects on Judd Street in 1998. His practice specialises in considered and contextual design with some notable conservation area and listed building interventions including in Bloomsbury. In 2013 Hugh was added to the RIBA Specialist Conservation Architects register.

Hugh is a member of EASA and has a PhD (Cantab) in Architectural History.

William Adams


William is a senior architect at Hugh Cullum Architects. He studied for his masters degree at the University of Dundee, specialising in urban theory, and subsequently completed his architectural training in London. He has worked in public and private sector practices in Dublin, New York and the Netherlands, recently focusing on listed buildings in Central London. William’s interests currently lie in the broader social and cultural context of architecture, and in particular the theme of ‘natural’ landscapes in the city.

Ben Davidson

BA (Hons) DipArch RIBA

Ben is a founding director of Rodić Davidson Architects. He was born in Bloomsbury and studied at the Birmingham School of Architecture and University of Westminster, and is a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects. He has a particular strength in strategic and concept design, and is also inspired by craftsmanship and the practical aspects of construction.

Hero Granger-Taylor

Hero Granger-Taylor represents the Camden Civic Society, a campaigning charity founded in 1963 whose main purpose is to encourage people to become involved in shaping the future of their surroundings, particularly relating to the built environment. After the Second World War her parents lived in Heathcote Street, behind Brunswick Square, and with others fought to save Georgian buildings in this part of Bloomsbury. She has been successful in legally challenging aspects of development related to HS2 in the Euston area.

Jo Hurford

Jo is a creative artist living and working in Bloomsbury. She has spent many years volunteering for community events in the Euston and Covent Garden areas, and actively campaigned against harmful aspects of development relating to HS2 and Euston Square. She is particularly concerned with access to and quality of green spaces and leads on these for the BCAAC.

Anthony Jennings


Anthony read classics and philosophy at Trinity College Oxford. A lawyer and previously a senior legal adviser to Texaco, he has written a number of books and magazine articles on law and architecture, the latest being The Old Rectory, the Story of the English Parsonage. He is director of Save Our Parsonages, a member of the Patrons Consultative Group committee, and a member of committees of various other conservation trusts. Anthony has been on conservation area advisory committees since 1995.

Debbie Radcliffe

BA (Hons)

Debbie is a consultant community planner and local history researcher for JTP. She participates in community planning events as a workshop facilitator and as part of an editorial team. Debbie is a member of the Marchmont Association and has contributed historic research for their blue plaque commemorative scheme. A resident of Bloomsbury since 1981, she was a founding member of Bloomsbury Residents' Action Group, which campaigns for the rights of residents and which also supports them through the developmental and construction process.

Sam Reed

Sam has recently graduated in real estate and represents the Friends of Argyle Square on the committee. He has lived in the Bloomsbury Conservation Area his whole life and currently works in development.

Tony Tugnutt (Chair Emeritus)


Tony lived in WC1 from 1984 and has been a BCAAC member and former chairman since 1988. In that capacity he twice appeared to give oral evidence to the ODPM Parliamentary Select Committee inquiries into Tall Buildings and CABE. He was co-author of Making Townscape published by BT Batsford in the 1980s. He has been professionally employed by Central London planning authorities at a senior level, and also as a consultant with Westminster City Council where he was commissioned to write the Council’s current Supplementary Planning Guidance on the design of new buildings, Design Matters. He has also appeared as an expert witness at various planning inquiries.

Owen Ward

Owen is a trainee architect at Hugh Cullum Architects, and also a freelance journalist writing on the built environment, having been published by the Independent, Planning in London, and Londonist. He runs the locally popular blog Save Bloomsbury which reports on planning, community, and local democracy in Bloomsbury. Having trained and continuing to work in web development, Owen has redeveloped this site and created a number of online resources for planning, including a planning search and interactive map for our conservation areas.