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

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

November 21 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us at Foster + Partners, the Young Urbanists 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.


Other speakers to be announced.



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


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November 21
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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