Street Space is a team of doers, thinkers and collaborators, inspired by the power of community.
Phillippa Banister - Founder Director
Phillippa has over a decade of experience in the fields of community led street design, collaborative design, community engagement, mediation and human centred process design. Phillippa set up Street Space to work with local residents and facilitate more participatory and people-centred approaches to both new and existing streets and spaces. Determined that 'place-making' and 'regeneration' can be done differently, in a meaningful way that truly empowers local people, Phillippa hopes that through the shaping of the 'spaces in between' the buildings, we can create the conditions for everyday interactions and community to flourish.
Phillippa has a Masters in Leadership for Sustainable Development from Forum for the Future, a degree in English and Drama from the University of Birmingham; is a member of the Placemaking Leadership Council and a Fellow at the Royal Society of Arts. You can find more examples of her work here.
Sophie Hardcastle - Head of Engagement
Sophie is a collaborative designer and engagement expert dedicated to facilitating meaningful conversations amongst communities. She has a masters in Situated Practice from The Bartlett and a degree in Design from Goldsmiths University.
Sion Jones- Project Leader
Sion is an urban anthropologist with experience working on community led research and advocacy around urban issues in low and middle income communities globally and has worked with the United Nations and World Bank. Sion is particularly interested in how cities impact social inclusion, loneliness and isolation and how active and meaningful public spaces can address these issues.
Tegan Mills - Project Leader
Tegan is an Engagement Project Leader & Designer dedicated to shaping social change. Tegan values community centred projects and believes community engagement works best as an ongoing cumulative process that enables relationships to build and strengthen over time. Tegan has a degree in Design from Goldsmiths University.
Rufus Shakespeare - Project Leader
Rufus is a Researcher & Project Leader specialising in community led urban projects. His practise focuses on working alongside local people, architects, designers and councils to facilitate urban interventions. Rufus has a BA in Human Geography from the University of Leeds, with a year placement at University of Cape Town where he researched geographies of protest and dissent.
Paola Spivach - Street Design Expert
Paola is a qualified architect with over 20 years professional experience spanning all aspects of street and highway design. Her work focuses on place, accessibility, active travel, sustainable transport and community engagement. With extensive knowledge of traffic engineering and traffic planning, Paola integrates urban design and innovative approaches to street and junction design.
We are grateful to our Non Executive Directors who give their time to support Street Space:
Community and media activist living in Barking
Policy, strategy & research and all round problem solver
Local resident, architect, entrepreneur and co-founder of Black Females in Architecture
Sport for community development champion and catalyst for good things in Barking and Dagenham
We are a registered Company in England & Wales: 11334265 and Community Interest Company: 11885332