Ben Derbyshire

Ben Derbyshire is Managing Director and co-owner of HTA, a design-based consultancy to the development industry, specialising in placemaking, providing project management, master planning, urban design, architecture, landscape design, planning, technical design, graphics and other disciplines.

A member of the practice since 1976 and a partner since 1986, Ben became a main board director when the practice incorporated in 2000 and was appointed Managing Director in 2005. He has built up broad-ranging expertise through involvement in much of HTA’s work in regeneration, master planning, housing and mixed use design.

As Practice Director he heads a team responsible for the quality and efficiency of HTA’s entire operational output.

Ben is also founder of the Sustainable Placemaking Forum, a learning network with over 300 senior representatives of the British development industry who have contributed their thinking towards a better understanding of the concept of placemaking.

HTA defines placemaking as the creation of animated, successful, sustainable environments, weaving together the inputs from local people and stakeholders with a wide range of professional disciplines.