What is Design Brighton?
The annual four-day festival will be held during the first week of April across the Greater Brighton region.
It is the first of its kind in the Brighton and Hove area and a unique way to reach, influence and promote the wealth of architects, designers, developers, local authority figures and the engaged community who live, work, visit and learn across the region.
Design Brighton – A four-day festival held in April across the Greater Brighton region.
Our urban festival will capture the unique spirit of Brighton, the event will feature talks, debate, professional and maker showcases in an imaginative network of venues throughout Brighton designed to generate enthusiastic dialogue focused on the City’s heritage, present opportunities and future vision.
We will use Brighton itself as a living case study of the challenges facing cities everywhere and seek to inspire all stakeholders to forge new paths to the future. Delivering across the region a programme of design workshops, showroom areas, speaker and panel discussions, open studios, heritage and architecture trails, film showings, hospitality events and a Design Brighton Award evening. All of which offer opportunities for sponsorship that will provide exposure to the local market and national visitors and participants.
Meet the Design Brighton team
John has close family ties with Brighton where his father Eric, a Director with EMI, worked on the original plan for the Marina before finally retiring to Ovingdean. John's working life has been in the property development and construction industry where he now has a successful consultancy, Building Partnerships, promoting local and South East based companies and practices.
Sophie Law-Smith is co-director of Design Brighton alongside John Cowell. A Business Development Manager for DB Co founders, Stickland Wright architects and interiors, Sophie has been the driving force in moving Design Brighton from concept to realisation. Brighton based Sophie is passionate about the development and economic sustainability of the city and its surrounding areas.
Frazer is an events professional with 14 years experience running conferences, awards, forums and festivals for the international built environment. Most recently Frazer ran the commercial side of the World's largest international architecture awards programme, the World Architecture Festival. Frazer now lives and works in Hove and is passionate about our local historic architecture and the city's continued growth and development alongside the world's other great metropolitan areas.
Jonathan is a RIBA Chartered Architect with over 25 years' experience in the design and construction industry. He considers the Client’s vision and associated budget as an integral part of a project's concept – not an afterthought. Jonathan is a Director of Global Architecture Limited, a Practice which specialises in residential, regeneration and retail projects, approaching any job with a commitment to building relationships, not just revenue. It also advocates the retention and re purpose of existing buildings as the future of development. Having grown up in and around Brighton, the City’s development and its capability to be a world class location has always been close to Jonathan’s heart.
Richard is an award-winning creative with over 31 years experience. His interest in furthering information and environmental art and graphic design, by continually challenging the technical and creative disciplines, allows him to explore and develop unique design solutions for places, buildings, urban environments, parks and landscapes. He develops interventions that give a sense of ownership and meaning to local communities as well as creating clear and informative experiential design for visitors to inspire a greater sense of community. A resident of Brighton & Hove since 1989 he is passionate about the city and the greater potential it has to be a creative world-player.
Nick is an Architect with over 20 years professional experience. He has developed design concepts for holiday villages including rural diversification, super prime London residences, luxury ski apartments, mixed use leisure-retail centres and community projects. Now directing newly re branded Stickland Wright architects and interiors along side his Interiors Director Caroline Wright formally of Niche interiors. Together Caroline and Nick run a successful commercial architecture and interior design practice in the heart of Brighton with a team of 9. Locally the designers behind the Marlborough House redevelopment, Tower Point roof top restaurant design, 64 Degrees interior, The chilli Pickle restaurants. www.sticklandwright.co.uk
Frank O’Sullivan is a Principal Lecturer at the University of Brighton where he has taught Architecture and Interior Design (at both under-graduate and post-graduate level) for more than 16 years. Over the years Frank has developed a particular interest in establishing inter-disciplinary projects with inter-national/overseas partners. In 2013 he was made assistant head of the School of Art, Design and Media at UoB and in 2014 he was appointed visiting Professor at the Polytecnico di Milan in Italy. In his current role as Course Leader for MA Interior Design Frank has initiated an on-going series of collaborative workshops with colleagues at The Academy of Art and Design at Tsinghua University (which is currently ranked number 1 in China).