Our members are chosen to represent a fine balance of general local knowledge and specific expertise in architecture, planning, and conservation. This allows our committee to make informed decisions and recommendations while also knowing and caring about the places and buildings which they must protect. All our members live and/or work in the Bloomsbury Conservation Areas, while some have lived here their whole lives.
BSc BA(Hons) MArch RIBA RIAS RIAI
William is a senior architect, formerly of Rodić Davidson Architects and now an independent practitioner. 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.
Hugh Cullum (Co-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, having formerly worked at Cullum and Nightingale and for renowned architect Colin St John 'Sandy' Wilson. In that capacity he has worked on major projects including the British Library and the British High Commission in Nairobi. He has a PhD from the University of Cambridge in Architectural History and was awarded a fellowship from the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal to write a book on Northern Italian Baroque Architecture. His practice specialises in considered and contextual design with a large portfolio of notable conservation area and listed building interventions including in Bloomsbury. The practice has also won permission under paragraph 79 of the NPPF for outstanding and innovative design. In 2013 Hugh was added to the RIBA Specialist Conservation Architects register. He is a member of EASA and the Art Workers' Guild.
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 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 Park Village area.
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.
Marianne is a musician by profession. Further studies in languages & literature at London University led to a love for Bloomsbury where she has lived since the 1990s. She has been active and campaigned in various community issues particularly relating to conservation, traffic, and green spaces. She is currently chair of the Friends of St Andrew's Gardens and on the committee of Bloomsbury Residents' Action Group.
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 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. She has a particular interest in effective and meaningful consultation between developers of major sites and the communities affected by them.
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 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 (Co-Chair)
Owen is an architectural designer and conservation advisor at Hugh Cullum Architects. He has worked with and advises a number of Central London planning and conservation associations including the Seven Dials Trust, Covent Garden Community Association, and the Bloomsbury Association. Owen liaises directly with the national amenity societies including the Twentieth Century Society, Victorian Society, and the Georgian Group, while also managing relations with Camden's planning and conservation officers. He is also a freelance journalist writing on conservation and planning having been published by Planning in London and the Independent. He is also a web developer and has created a number of online conservation resources, working most recently on the digitised third edition of the nationally acclaimed Seven Dials Renaissance Study. His blog Save Bloomsbury is locally popular and reports on conservation issues in the Bloomsbury Conservation Areas.