Esther Kurland



Esther is a planner and urban designer by background.  She has worked in local authorities in policy, development control and design and conservation planning posts; for the GLA on the first London Plan; and CABE from 2003.  Esther has been Director of UDL since 2006 where she has worked to develop and improve UDL’s programme, working closely with core partners TfL, the GLA, London boroughs and many others to support and encourage good design in the capital. Esther has also been part of a wide range of Design Review panels, steering groups and advisory committees.  

In 2016 UDL ran a series of events exploring ‘What the Next London Plan Should Say about Design’ and submitted a report summarising ideas tabled at these to the GLA. The report can be found here.

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