Ben van Bruggen

DSE Panel Co-Chair

Ben is an urban planner and urbanist with 20 years experience working in the public and private sectors in the UK and internationally. Ben founded vbud in 2012 to provide advice to clients on urban planning, urban design and architectural aspects of planning applications, including townscape and heritage assessments and design review.

As well as being Co-Chair of the South + East Panel, Ben is also Deputy Chair of the Lewisham Design Review Panel and a founding member of the Home Office Design Panel. Ben authored the publication Better Police Buildings to promote better practice in the design of police headquarters and custody suites.

Before setting up vbud Ben was Head of Urban Design at Savills, an international multi-disciplinary property firm. Ben led urbanism projects in China, Russian and Montenegro as well as major projects in London.