Grant Associates’ Martin Knight appointed to new Design Council expert network

By Nick Batten on 29 April, 2021

Martin Knight, Associate at Bath-based landscape architecture practice Grant Associates, has been appointed to the Design Council’s new network of more than 400 built and natural environment experts, who collectively embody the organisation’s commitment to ‘making life better by design.’

The new Design Council network, officially announced this week, combines the expertise of active leaders and change-makers from a number of professions, backgrounds and regions.

The network is key to the role that the Design Council plays in delivering design advice and support services in the built and natural environment and beyond.

Martin, a Chartered Landscape Architect and Associate at Grant Associates, has joined the new network as a Design Council Expert Associate. His role will involve strategic design support and design reviews, contributing to a community of practice that will develop, co-create and partner on new projects, programmes and opportunities with the Design Council, sharing knowledge and expertise with fellow experts and wider society.

Since joining Grant Associates in 2015, Martin has been involved with a diverse portfolio across a variety of project scales and sectors, including higher education, residential, strategic small- and large-scale mixed-use master planning projects, parks and public realm design. His portfolio includes work on the University of Sussex West Slope Residences project and Mountbatten House, affectionately known as the Hanging Gardens of Basingstoke.

Martin said, “I’m absolutely delighted, very proud and honoured to have been appointed to the role of Design Council Expert Associate. I believe design is at its best when it is collaborative in nature; involving the viewpoints and talents of designers, thinkers and communities within the Design Council’s new network is a chance to help facilitate and encourage this approach, throughout the world of design. As a Landscape Architect, I believe that fundamentally our role is to make the world a better place for people and nature.”

Minnie Moll, Design Council Chief Executive, added, “The social, environmental and economic value of the built and natural environment is informed and enhanced by solutions that are inclusive and holistic. I am delighted to welcome back many of our existing experts as well as introduce new faces and bring them together with our highly acclaimed design associates to build a dynamic community of practice. In creating the new network we deliberately set out to increase the diversity in the group, reflecting under-represented groups and bringing a greater breadth of perspective and expertise.”

For more information about the work of the Design Council, visit www.designcouncil.org.uk

Pictured above: Martin Knight, Associate at Grant Associate