Dr Deb Upadhyaya
Areas of Expertise
Design advocacy – diversity and inclusion, Design governance – placemaking and value creation, Regeneration, garden communities and new settlements
Dr Deb is a professionally trained architect, urban designer and planner, leading delivery of exemplar large scale and complex housing, regeneration, and garden communities’ both in the public and private sector (UK and India), for over 20 years.
A passionate advocate of sustainable urbanism, delivery of quality places and value creation through collaboration/ design led innovation. He champions inclusion and diversity as the fundamental building blocks of delivering resilient built environments.
He works as Manager – Garden Towns and Villages with a national remit at Homes England – the government’s housing accelerator. In a voluntary capacity, he serves as a board director at The Academy of Urbanism, an external examiner at the Manchester School of Architecture and a panel member for Sheffield, Essex and Greater Cambridgeshire Design Panels.
He coaches-mentors built environment professionals and pursues practice-led research on delivering ‘quality’ and ‘at pace’ in partnership with the built environment sector on ‘sustainable development goals, smart technologies and climate change’.
A Chartered Town Planner, Chartered Manager, Recognised Practitioner in Urban Design, and a Fellow at the RSA, he has a Doctorate in Philosophy on ‘Changing Paradigms of Evolving City Centres’ and an Executive MBA from the University of Sheffield.