Specialists needed to join our expert panel

Design South East is seeking additional expert panel members to reinforce our expertise in specific areas. Members of our expert panel sit on our design review panels as well as helping us with surgeries, workshops, charrettes and training. An honorarium and expenses are paid for most activity.

We are particularly looking for experience and expertise in:

  • Landscape Architecture (particularly including sustainable drainage),
  • Sustainably technologies for energy and water efficiency in both higher and lower density developments,
  • Urban design, transport planning and planning consultancy, in the context of large scale, low density schemes (experience of working with volume housebuilders would be particularly valuable),
  • Conservation architecture and heritage townscapes.

Please do not apply if you do not have experience and expertise in these areas.

A recruitment pack can be downloaded here:

DSE panel recruitment pack winter 18-19.

If having read the pack you have further questions please contact David Tittle, Head of Design Advice; david@designsoutheast.org

As this recruitment is taking place over the holiday period, if you would like to discuss this opportunity on the telephone, please send David an email and indicate when you would like to be called back.

The deadline is 12.00 noon on Monday 14th January.

Kent Design masterclass: Heritage; Beyond ‘in-keeping’ – tour & talks

On Monday 8th October, Ana Moldavsky, Associate at Walters+Cohen Architects lead a large group comprising of Kent local authority officers and members, + built environment professionals from the private sector around Kingsdown House, The King’s School, Canterbury, to explore the best strategies for designing in and around our heritage, considering how to improve the process and outcome, and to also consider how to evaluate proposals in the existing policy context. The group were then given a presentation and workshop session from Louise Goodison, Director, Cazenove Architects, and DSE’s Design Advisor Sogand Babol at nearby Canterbury Cathedral Lodge. Click here to view a summary of the event.

DSE in partnership to deliver Suffolk Design initiative

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DSE is part of the team which has won the contract to deliver Suffolk Design, a joint initiative by all Suffolk’s local authorities to raise their game on design quality in the built environment.  We will be working in a new partnership with … [Continue reading]

Study tour for local authority officers & councillors

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With an increasing need to build at higher densities in Brighton and Hove, DSE organised a tour for Brighton & Hove City Council officers and councillors to look at precedent schemes in London. This tour looked at a variety of schemes from estate … [Continue reading]

Design Quality Conference delivers a powerful message

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Design Quality Conference delivers powerful message but will the new NPPF follow through? A powerful message emerged from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s ‘Design Quality Conference’ held in London at the end of April … [Continue reading]

Kent Design Masterclass – Designing with Nature

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Beyond the policy obligations to promote biodiversity and protect threatened species, are there other benefits to developments driven by considerations of landscape and nature? This masterclass will explore the natural and social capital as well as … [Continue reading]

DSE announces a new initiative, our Design for Communities Fund


DSE is delighted to announce our new Design for Communities Fund (DCF) which will invest from the charity’s annual reserves to support projects designed to strengthen a community’s design skills or that result in improvements to a community’s built … [Continue reading]

Black Country Panel appointed


The Black Country LEP, supported by DSE, has appointed its Panel to assess and advise on housing schemes for the Black Country Garden City The Black Country Garden City is an ambitious initiative to increase the quantity and raise the quality of … [Continue reading]

Grain House gets planning approval


East London architects, Studio Bark has won approval for a private house at Thakeham, West Sussex after taking the proposal to the DSE design review panel. The application was made under Paragraph 55 of the National Planning Policy Framework which … [Continue reading]

DCLG Planning Delivery Fund

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DCLG have announced new funding to help improve design quality and speed up housing growth. DSE can be your partner to deliver the outcomes required. The Planning Delivery Fund includes streams for Joint Working, Design Quality and Innovation.  … [Continue reading]