About Design Brighton

What is Design Brighton?

Design Brighton is a UK festival that celebrates Brighton revolutionary urban design and the role that architects, developers, creatives and designers play in shaping, defining and rejuvenating the built environment. Providing Brighton solutions to global problems within the built environment.

The inaugural Design Brighton festival will review Brighton’s evolution; from where we’ve come to the ground-breaking projects that are already underway, and to explore the exciting potential of future opportunities. Our 10-year vision is to be the region of choice for delivering national and international design services within the urban realm by providing innovative design solutions for global challenges as well as to inspire others to collaborate on unique and ambitious projects. Our aim is to build on the city’s reputation as a fantastic place to invest, live, learn, work, stay and succeed.

Design Brighton will bring together experts, enthusiasts, educationalists, professionals and businesses alike who all play a vital role in the design of the urban environment. The festival’s mission is to put our city in the spotlight of a global audience who share our passion for the essential evolution of places, designed to meet the needs of our ever-changing times.

 

The Design Brighton Exhibition

The newly refurbished Corn Exchange will host the Design Brighton village with 16 unique beach huts donated by the school of Architecture and Design University of Brighton. Around the huts we will be hosting interactive workshops and exhibition spaces for brands within the built environment. The seminar zone will be hosting speakers curated by leading designers from around the world discussing the development of future cities and the creation of an urban revolution. Daily question times will be hosted each evening by our Media Partner Building Live within the studio theatre.

 

Design Brighton Fringe

Throughout the four days the region will be flooded with installations, video mapping walking tours, round table discussions, panel discussions, open studios, hard hat tours, meet the architects, public consultations on key sites from the Council and private developers, architectural tours. Workshop tours around the greater Brighton region, school engagement, design hacks with the University of Brighton. All complimented by the ‘Brighton Design Show’ focusing on products and interiors, showcasing new, established and graduate designer makers in the Greater Brighton region.

Design Brighton will work collectively through its members, steering group and partners to promote the Greater Brighton region as a place to invest, learn, live, work and stay. Working closely with local authorities, LEP’s and other stakeholders to deliver a collective vision of future economic sustainability for our region.

Meet the Design Brighton team

John Cowell

John Cowell

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

Sophie Law-smith

Sophie Law-smith is co-director of Design Brighton alongside John Cowell. A Business Development Manager within Stickland Wright architects and Interiors, she has been the driving force in moving Design Brighton from concept to realisation. Brighton based for 22 years Sophie is passionate about the development and economic sustainability of the city and its surrounding areas.

Frazer Stokes

Frazer Stokes

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.

Richard Wolfstrome

Richard Wolfstrome

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.

John Cowell

Frank O’Sullivan

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).

John Cowell

Nick Stickland

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.