Claire Bennie

Claire is Director of Municipal, a new consultancy which helps visionary people put thought, care, ambition and quality back into housing. Amongst other projects, Municipal is working with a pioneering national institution on their first large mixed use development outside London.

Claire spent 11 years at London housing association Peabody, latterly as Development Director, leading an award-winning programme of 5000 new build homes. Claire pioneered smarter procurement at Peabody to achieve high quality built results as well as nurturing SMEs. Claire previously worked as an architect at Proctor and Matthews Architects on several housing schemes, including a phase of Greenwich Millennium Village. Claire is one of the chairs of Brighton and Hove Council’s Design Review Panel and a panel member of Design South East.

During a recent sabbatical year, Claire travelled across Europe visiting 70 new housing developments in 20 cities and recording her experiences in a blog at wearemunicipal.co.uk/thinking