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We are a collective of individuals trained in a wealth of disciplines including urban anthropology, data science, experience design, architecture and valuation.

The breadth and depth of this expertise makes us ideally qualified to advise you on the financial and social aspects of real estate innovation.

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Gemma John
URBAN ANTHROPOLOGIST
MANAGING DIRECTOR

An anthropologist, Gemma specialises in illuminating the changing ways in which people live and work in cities, and how social value in the built environment can be delivered at a time of technological disruption. Uniquely positioned to conduct academically rigorous research, she provides clients with strategic advice on spatial design across all sectors. More recently, she has worked on alternative housing ideas – and, in particular, the development of co-living spaces. In 2015, she was awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust and British Council Fellowship to research the design and use of public libraries.

Stewart Martin
CHARTERED SURVEYOR
associate

Stewart is a Chartered Surveyor who has advised lenders, investors, developers and occupiers for over 30 years. He has worked on complex restructuring projects, often involving multiple stakeholders with competing objectives. These include unviable schemes that had to be re-designed. Although most of his professional experience has related to adding value strictly in its financial sense, Stewart now focuses on measuring social value for projects that adapt and enhance the built environment to reflect people’s changing living and working practices – particularly the workplace as it is increasingly influenced and shaped by technology and wellbeing.

Simon Kinneir
DESIGN RESEARCHER
ASSOCIATE

Simon’s expertise is in the fields of graphic design and product design. He specialises in design research to inform the development of products that facilitate independence and control for people in their everyday lives. He is also skilled at investigating and understanding sensorial experiences in the built environment. Winner of the Design Council’s ‘One to Watch’ award, he has worked in the Age & Ability Lab at The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, and at Graphic Thought Facility. His clients include Wallpaper*, the Design Museum and Royal Free Hospital.

Luke Ward
EXPERIENCE DESIGNER
ASSOCIATE

Luke’s nine-year career spans a variety of design and strategic disciplines from architecture and the designing of retail and brand experiences to UX research, service and product design. His work is guided by close observation of the brand, environmental, behavioural and cultural contexts and nuances of a project. In all his work, his goal is to increase quality engagement for end-users while delivering positive social and commercial impact. His clients include a range of design agencies and industry-leading brands such as Cunard, Jaguar Land Rover, Virgin Group, Remy Martin and Samsung.

Ben Payne
Data analyst
ASSOCIATE

Ben's area of expertise is at the interface of research and spatial visualisation, applying ArcGIS tools and data analysis to inform commercial, social and sustainability outcomes. For Ben, social value and sustainability are integrally linked. As a multidisciplinary geographer, he advises on the importance of investing in air rights and helps real estate clients maximise carbon abatement and meet their sustainability targets. Ben uses his diverse experience in social and data science to deliver socially and environmentally responsible strategy and planning outcomes.

Elizabeth Martin
data visualisation
ASSOCIATE

Elizabeth began her career in commercial real estate, working in the investment team for a global bank then a specialist lender, including creating forecast models to scenario-test assets - which ranged from hotels to business parks. She moved to specialise in data analysis and visualisation, and expanded her focus to cover a range of industries. Her goal is to combine financial and other data to create a holistic view of progress, to convey clear insight or allow users to intuitively investigate. Elizabeth has interests in digital working initiatives, community fitness, and tiny homes.

Luke’s nine-year career spans a variety of design and strategic disciplines from architecture and the designing of retail and brand experiences to UX research, service and product design. His work is guided by close observation of the brand, environmental, behavioural and cultural contexts and nuances of a project. In all his work, his goal is to increase quality engagement for end-users while delivering positive social and commercial impact. His clients include a range of design agencies and industry-leading brands such as Cunard, Jaguar Land Rover, Virgin Group, Remy Martin and Samsung.

As a multidisciplinary geographer, Ben is experienced with using technology to explain social science. His area of expertise is at the interface of research and spatial visualisation, applyingArcGIS tools and data analysis to inform commercial, social and sustainability outcomes. For Ben, social value and sustainability are integrally linked. This has informed his recent work in air rights investing to maximise carbon abatement and sustainability outcomes for real estate clients. His diverse experience is synergistic with providing thorough data analysis to inform strategy and planning from a sustainability and social value perspective.

Elizabeth began her career in commercial real estate, working in the investment team for a global bank then a specialist lender, including creating forecast models to scenario-test assets ranging from hotels to business parks. She then moved to specialise in data analysis and visualisation, and expanded to cover a range of industries. Her goal is to combine financial and other data to create a holistic view of progress, to convey clear insight or allow users to intuitively investigate. Elizabeth has interests in digital working initiatives, community fitness, and tiny homes.

Gemma John
Managing Director
An anthropologist, Gemma specialises in illuminating the changing ways in which people live and work in cities, and how social value in the built environment can be delivered at a time of technological disruption. Uniquely positioned to conduct academically rigorous research, she provides clients with strategic advice on spatial design across all sectors. More recently, she has worked on alternative housing ideas – and, in particular, the development of co-living spaces. In 2015, she was awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust and British Council Fellowship to research the design and use of public libraries.
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Stewart Martin
Chartered Surveyor
Stewart is a Chartered Surveyor who has advised lenders, investors, developers and occupiers for over 30 years. He has worked on complex restructuring projects, often involving multiple stakeholders with competing objectives. These include unviable schemes that had to be re-designed. Although most of his professional experience has related to adding value strictly in its financial sense, Stewart now focuses on measuring social value for projects that adapt and enhance the built environment to reflect people’s changing living and working practices – particularly the workplace as it is increasingly influenced and shaped by technology, wellbeing, etc.
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Simon Kinneir
Associate Design Researcher
Simon’s expertise is in the fields of graphic design and product design. He specialises in design research to inform the development of products that facilitate independence and control for people in their everyday lives. He is also skilled at investigating and understanding sensorial experiences in the built environment. Winner of the Design Council’s ‘One to Watch’ award, he has worked in the Age & Ability Lab at The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, and at Graphic Thought Facility. His clients include Wallpaper*, the Design Museum and Royal Free Hospital.
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Luke Ward
Associate Experience Designer
Luke’s nine-year career spans a variety of design and strategic disciplines from architecture and the designing of retail and brand experiences to UX research, service and product design. His work is guided by close observation of the brand, environmental, behavioural and cultural contexts and nuances of a project. In all his work, his goal is to increase quality engagement for end-users while delivering positive social and commercial impact. His clients include a range of design agencies and industry-leading brands such as Cunard, Jaguar Land Rover, Virgin Group, Remy Martin and Samsung.
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