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Cambridge – Milton Keynes – Oxford Arc evening at Foster + Partners!

November 21, 2018 @ 18:30 - 20:30 GMT

Join us at Foster + Partners, the Young Urbanists co-Sponsor, on Wednesday 21 November, for a Young Urbanists evening, supported by the National Infrastructure Commission’s Young Professionals Panel.

The Cambridge – Milton Keynes – Oxford Arc is one of the government’s four major growth areas. With capacity for one million homes, new rail and road connections, and some of the most prestigious educational institutions and knowledge firms in world, the corridor has a lot of opportunities. Key stakeholder groups have been party to numerous national consultation or visioning events over the past year, yet the voice of the younger generation remains underrepresented. Please join us for an evening of excitement, elucidation and entertainment as the Young Urbanists come together to co-create a future for the corridor.

  1. Arrivals: 18:30 – 19:00
  2. Introduction: 19:00 – 19:15 | from AoU Young Urbanists (Julie Plichon) and National Infrastructure Commission Young Professionals (Victor Frebault)
  3. Presentations: 19:15 – 19:45 | from a series of Young Urbanists and finishing with NIC Young Professional member and prize winner, Petra Marko
  4. Discussion: 19:45 – 20:15 | group discussions on key issues
  5. Networking: 20:15 – 20:30




Petra Marko is an architect, communicator and enabler of projects within the urban realm. She is Co-founder of Marko&Placemakers, a design consultancy addressing the overlaps between place, process and people, reaching beyond the physical aspects of design. Petra led placemaking strategies and town centre studies for clients including the GLA, the LLDC and several London boroughs, and is involved in masterplanning projects in Central Europe. She believes that sustainable design practice is about combining creativity with hands-on facilitation, mediation and communication. Petra is a member of the National Infrastructure Commission’s Young Professionals Panel, the independent body tasked with advising government on the UK’s long-term infrastructure. She sits on the RIBA Guerrilla Tactics steering group and is a regular speaker at forums concerned with livable cities. Petra authored a book on future of the architecture profession and taught at institutions including The London School of Architecture and Urban Transcripts.


Victor Frebault is a member of the NIC’s Young Professional Panel and an economist at Arup. Before this he worked in the economics department of the Greater London Authority and as the operations manager for a microfinance institution in the Philippines. His core skills lie in value capture mechanisms, funding, finance and economic strategies for complex urban projects spanning the fields of energy, mobility, and the resilience of the built environment.


Simon Hicks is an Urban Planner at Foster and Partners. Drawing experience from his multi-disciplinary background, Simon seeks solutions in the spaces between architecture, urban planning, data analysis and local economic development. His focus currently lies in designing holistic development strategies for a variety of new city and urban extension projects across the globe.


Romain Muller is an Architect at Mæ, working on a variety of housing and mixed-use projects. Before that he worked in Paris for multi-disciplinary practice AAUPC. A builder at heart, he seeks pragmatic, holistic and non-dogmatic solutions to the issues posed by housing in dense environments. His interest is in creating wellbeing in high-density low-rise urban forms.


Iulia Fratila is an architect and urban designer at Fletcher Priest Architects with a proven record of delivering a wide range of projects at various scales. She has a multidisciplinary design approach which derives from working across small design interventions, architecture, urban design and having an interest in business innovation. Iulia combines her architectural practice with urban research projects and has led a series of workshops focusing on irregular urbanism, mapping informal settlements across Asia, Middle East, Africa and South America in collaboration with international academic partners and local communities.


  • Arrivals :18:30 – 19:00 | exhibition of competition entries
  • Introduction : 19:00 – 19:15 | from AoU Young Urbanists and F+P
  • 5-7 min presentations from speakers: 19:15 – 19:45 | from you!
  • Discussion: 19:45 – 20:15 | group discussions on key issues
  • Networking: 20:15 – 20:30



Free for YU/NIC members/Foster and Partners employees. £5 for others.


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November 21, 2018
18:30 - 20:30 GMT
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Foster and Partners
Riverside, 22 Hester Road
London, SW11 4AN
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