Professor of Urban Design,
Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London
Peter is a Professor of Urban Design at The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London and a partner of Bishop & Williams consultants. For 25 years he was a planning director at four different Central London Boroughs, and has worked on major projects at large and complex sites in the UK, including Canary Wharf the BBC and King’s Cross. In 2006 he was appointed as the first Director of Design for London, the Mayor’s architecture and design studio, and in 2008 served as the Deputy Chief Executive at the London Development Agency. In 2011 he carried out a policy review on behalf of the Government, “The Bishop Review”, on ways in which the quality of design in the built environment might be improved. From 2011-2018 he was a director at the architecture firm Allies and Morrison. Recent projects include master planning frameworks for Old Oak Common (High Speed 2 interchange), the Palace of Westminster, and Ansan City Centre (Korea). In 2018 he was commissioned by the Government Architect of New South Wales to carry out a comprehensive review of their policies and programmes. Peter lectures and teaches extensively, has been a design advisor to the Mayors of London, Bucharest, Ansan and Zhuhai. He was on the jury for the Sochi Winter Olympics Legacy, the Jabal Omar development in Mecca and central Dallas regeneration project. He is an honorary fellow of University College London, an honorary fellow of the RIBA, holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Kingston and in 2017 was Distinguished Visiting Scholar at UTS Sydney. He is currently leading a significant research project on the ways to foster strong communities in housing regeneration. His book, “The Temporary City”, explores the origins of current thinking on temporary urbanism (Routledge 2012). He also examined the political processes behind major developments in “Planning, Politics and City Making - a case study of King’s Cross” (RIBA Publishing 2016).