Dominic Papa: Masterplanning at scale

Property Council is thrilled to announce Dominic Papa, of award-winning architectural and urban design firm, Studio Woodroffe Papa (SWP), as a keynote speaker at next month’s Residential Development Summit. 

Dominic has 30 years’ experience on large-scale masterplanning and architectural projects in the UK and overseas and is actively involved in all stages of the design process. Open and collaborative, he has worked closely with local authorities and private developers to deliver high quality buildings and place-making. 

Dominic co-founded the studio in Amsterdam in 1997 and opened the London studio in 2008. SWP’s first completed project, a £20M, mixed-use housing project in Groningen won international recognition and was short-listed for the prestigious Mies van der Rohe Award. Beaumont Quarter, the studio’s first project in New Zealand (in collaboration with Studio Pacific) became a benchmark for architectural and urban design quality in the delivery of medium density housing in the city. SWP successfully delivered the Tarling Regeneration masterplan in Shadwell and were architects of James Voller Way which was winner of a Housing of the Year RIBA Award. It was also shortlisted for the RIBA Manser Medal; the first time an affordable housing scheme had been shortlisted. Last year the studio’s latest mixed use residential project Dockley Apartments won Housing of the Year at the Building Awards.

Photography by Tim Crocker

Dominic champions innovation where architecture and urban design meet in distinctive, mixed-use, neighbourhoods and communities which has been commended by local authorities and other agencies. He has led on advocating a greater mix of housing and employment in London through policy, research and design, and contributed to the publication of ‘Places that Work’ that advocates the need for more sustainable and resilient neighbourhoods that bring a richer mix of activities together to support wellbeing and live-work balance. Additionally, he has developed guidance for better family housing – most recently the Housing Design Handbook and the forthcoming housing guidance by London Borough of Hackney.

He is a design review panel Chair for Islington Borough Council, and panel member and Deputy Chair of the Estate Regeneration Design Advisory Group for the Borough of Hackney. Until recently he was a member and chair of Lewisham Gateway Design Quality Panel, and a Building Environment Expert at Design Council CABE. He has also worked as an independent adviser on Auckland’s largest housing regeneration project. He is a research fellow of the Royal Commission for the Exhibition 1851 and a Course Master at the Architectural Association graduate school Housing and Urbanism programme. 

Dominic will be taking to the Residential Development Summit stage on 21 March to delve into the realm of masterplanning at scale. He will showcase exciting and innovative projects, emphasizing the art of effective master planning. Through insights and examples, Dominic will highlight successful, well-executed large-scale endeavours that will provide attendees with inspiration and ideas to take into their future projects and plans. 

Village 3 project links the first two stages of a new accommodation campus for more than 1600 University of Auckland students. The aim: “A safe and relaxed environment, offering different levels of activities for students as a whole experience, with the reassurance of security.” It also aims to underscore the University of Auckland’s international reputation and help maintain its competitiveness in the global market.

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New Zealand’s premier residential development forum will return to Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland on Thursday 21 March 2024, as leaders from the residential development sector gather for one day of education and engagement, plus a bonus day of pre-summit site tours.

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