Council officer shortlisted for architecture award

 

A rising star in the world of architecture is in the running for a prestigious award.

Chloe Phelps, who is deputy team leader of the council’s place-making team, has been shortlisted for the Architect Journal’s 2015 Emerging Woman Architect of the Year award.

The 33-year-old who has been at the council since January last year, is one of eight finalists for the category.

The council was identified as “exemplary” in the recent Farrell Review of Architecture and the Built Environment, and her role involves delivering a number of the review’s recommendations to other local authorities.

These include providing in-house design expertise, working closely with development management to provide design advice on major applications, brief writing and capacity studies for the council’s own capital projects.

She has played a role in a number of Croydon’s key developments, including residential schemes by PRP, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, Make and Darling Associates, alongside commercial projects by Hawkins\Brown and ShedKM.

Chloe will find out if she is successful at a ceremony on 27 February in London.

This year’s 14-strong jury includes Norman Foster, Patty Hopkins and 2013 Jane Drew Prize winner Eva Jiricna.

Chloe said: “It is a real honour to be recognised on this shortlist of talented architects.

“The awards are a great opportunity to celebrate and promote diversity in the design, planning and construction industry.”

“This is great news not only for Chloe personally but also for the recognition of women working within the public sector. We are all very proud of Chloe. It should also be noted that Chloe is the only local authority nominee to make it on to this year’s shortlist.”

Councillor Alison Butler, cabinet member for homes and regeneration

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