Guest Lecture Series

Levitt Bernstein

Housing Design Handbook: designing for mixed communities

Thursday 31st January 6.00pm
Budden Lecture Theatre

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Written by David Levitt and Jo McCafferty, with contributions from a wide range of experts across the industry, the new edition of the Housing Design Handbook provides a comprehensive guide to best practice. 

This special lecture will focus on how architects and commissioners can work together to create and support mixed communities through the regeneration process. Our expert panel will discuss how innovative approaches to co-design, tenure and placemaking can ensure the long-term success of both new and existing developments, as illustrated by exemplar schemes across the UK.

Speakers include: 

Jo McCafferty, Levitt Bernstein

Andy von Bradsky, Ministry of Housing, Community & Local Government

Vinita Dhume, Levitt Bernstein

Prof Mark Swenarton, University of Liverpool – chair

Discounted copies of the book will be available to purchase at the event. 


Jo McCafferty studied at the University of Liverpool and the University of Washington. She joined Levitt Bernstein in 1997 and now is a director leading the practice’s major housing studio. Her key role has been championing inventive solutions at both masterplanning and detailed-design scales, and to work with communities to empower residents through the design process. As co-author of the second edition of The Housing Design Handbook, she brings her experience on current projects and emerging policy.

Andy von Bradsky is an architect with more than 30 years’ experience in the design and delivery of housing and regeneration for the private and public sectors, drawing from extensive experience as former chairman of PRP, a practice specialising in housing. He is an architectural advisor at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government supporting planning, design, supply and regeneration programmes. He is also chairman of the Housing Forum, a cross-housing-industry organisation committed to more and better housing.

Vinita Dhume is an urban designer and associate director at Levitt Bernstein. Before joining the practice in 2007, Vinita worked on many regeneration and public realm projects in South Africa, including the 2030 Growth Plan of Cape Town. She has since developed several large scale, residential-led masterplanning schemes, playing a key role in consulting with stakeholders and local communities throughout.