In this session on Sustainability Strategies we speak to Tara Gbolade, architect and co-founder Gbolade Design Studio and Julian Marwitz, Founder of Urbanomy, urban and energy planning consultancy.

RIBAJ Rising Star Winner, Tara is a Co-Founder of GDS. She previously worked at Mace Group and RG+P Architects, where she was responsible for the strategic organisation and growth of the company, while successfully leading exciting and challenging residential developments for private and public-sector clients. With her expertise in design and planning policy, Tara leads the Harlow & Gilston Garden Town Sustainability Strategy, and sits on a few Design/Quality Review Panels including; Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, Lambeth, and Merton Councils – advising the council on major planning applications. ​

Julian Marwitz has studied law and sustainable urban development in Geneva, Hong Kong, Germany and at the University of Oxford. During his studies he founded several companies and worked in corporations such as Microsoft, Volkswagen, SAP and Allianz. Some of his major achievements include winning the largest startup competition for pupils in Germany, contributing towards a new legal convention for the UNEP and participating regularly at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Julian was formerly the Executive Assistant to the CEO of JLL in London and Development Manager of ECE, European market leader in shopping malls. He is passionate about sustainability, travelling, building technologies and the development of megacities.

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