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  • 1. Gareth JacksonMA (Hons) in Planning and Development from Aberdeen University PG Diploma in Urban Design from Strathclyde University Education Degree Accreditation Work Curriculum Vitae Page 2-3 Portfolio Page 4-15
  • 2. Curriculum Vitae Page 2Gareth J Jackson Curriculum Vitae350A Wandsworth Bridge Road Tel: 020 3518 4713London Mobile: 07850 338801SW6 2TZ Email: gareth.j.jackson@gmail.comSUMMARY OF UNIVERSITY QUALIFICATIONS Postgraduate Diploma in Urban Design from Strathclyde University Master of Arts Degree at Honours level in Planning & Development from Aberdeen University accredited by both the RTPI and the RICSRELEVANT EXPERIENCE Planning Consultant for a large prestigious London planning consultancy firm and involved in obtaining planning permission for large developments of varying use and scale and being involved in the construction process from design through to completion. Currently work on projects varying from large scale single dwelling development through to complex mixed use developments and visitor attractions that attract vast media interest. Post Graduate diploma in Urban Design resulting in competency in numerous computer design packages including AutoCAD, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator & In Design, and Google Sketchup (3D modelling package). This course has also included producing presentations and exhibitions attended by professionals and members of the public. Courses covered included Urban Theory, Urban Landscape Design, Real Estate Development, Urban Design Policy & Practice and Urban Design Representation. The management of a large residential portfolio including the responsibility for the day to day running of developments, co-ordinating repair work, liaising with residents and contractors and the carrying out regular inspections. Over a year and a half of residential surveying experience with J & E Shepherd surveyors. This has included client communication and business development, shadowing qualified surveyors and adapting skills and techniques to my own needs in order to better myself and adapt to an ever changing and at times, very challenging property market. Seminars and lectures involving: client care, management, networking skills, business development, APC and CPD training days (including the single survey process, damp/dry rot, lenders requirements & landlord and tenant). Supervision and training of young graduates and trainees and ensuring all office tasks are carried out to enable surveyors to carry out their jobs efficiently. Master of Arts degree in Planning & Development which also included all property courses. This degree covered all aspects such as commercial property practice & valuation, property & planning law, principles of design & development, sustainability & governance, professional conduct & ethics and various economics courses. Substantial computer skills including knowledge of all Microsoft Office applications, firm grasp of computer hardware, technical knowledge and the ability to adapt the use of computers to everyday tasks to provide a more efficient way of working and delivering a quality service. Staff supervision and weekend running of a fashion store including staff training, accounts, stock control, management & working as a team.
  • 3. Curriculum Vitae Page 3EMPLOYMENT October 2010 – Present: Planning Consultant with DP9, a large London based planning consultantcy – Involved in obtaining planning permission for developments of all sizes and uses throughout London. Our style of work and approach to planning means we are involved from the design stage (with world renowned architects) through to the completion of the development. I deal with all London Boroughs and liaise with planning officers, architects and developers while aiming to produce developments that are on schedule and meet the requirements of the local Councils and the Mayor’s visions. May 2009 – August 2009: Architectural and surveying assistant with a small independent development firm ROCK DCM – Work experience gained before starting university course involving the shadowing of a qualified architect and looking after the day to day running of a property portfolio (sales, leases, management, appraisals etc) and running a small coffee company. June 2008 – May 2009: Property Inspector with Speirs Gumley, a well established property firm – Carrying out regular inspections of all properties and arranging for maintenance programs to be put in place and liaising with residents and contractors. Responsible for over 1600 residential units. August 2006 – June 2008: Graduate surveyor with J & E Shepherd in Glasgow office – Mainly residential experience (shadowing surveyors and carrying out surveys while under supervision) with small exposure to commercial procedure and practice. In charge of the offices graduate surveyors ensuring that all work was carried out and the office ran smoothly. October 2004 – August 2006: D2 Jeans Aberdeen – Retail assistant and at various times acting deputy manager / shift supervisor. May 2000 – Sept 2004: Various part time and summer jobs while at school and university – Including working at Perth Theatre as an usher and box office assistant, Perth and Kinross Council and J&E Shepherd as a junior surveyor.EDUCATION September 2009 – June 2010: University of Strathclyde: PG Dip in Urban Design September 2002 – June 2006: University of Aberdeen: MA (Hons) Planning & Development – Accredited by both RTPI and RICS. 1996 – 2002 : Perth Academy: Five Higher Grades and Seven Standard GradesOTHER SKILLS & INTERESTS Member of the Urban Design Group, RTPI Urban Design Network, Urban Design Scotland Street Team and student member of RTPI Currently play for a local 11-a-side football team as well as weekly 5 & 7 a-side games Avid golfer, playing most weekends and during the week when other commitments allow Rugby coaching and SRU level 1 coaching badge Play music regularly and have previously played with bands in local venues. Full UK driving licence.REFERENCES Available upon request
  • 4. Portfolio Page 4 The following pages are examples of work undertaken during my Post Graduate Diploma in Urban Design at Strathclyde University. The course website showing the years work in more detail can be found at The purpose for the year was to look at how we could improve the district of Govan, a well known area in Glasgow with a rich history of ship building although now suffers from high unemployment, crime rates and generally a much poorer standard of living.The above image is the starting point of my final individual presentation stating my main aims for the area. I want the reader to know from the start what my fundamental ideas for Govan are and to help explain some of the future images presented. The majority of the following images are from my own individual final presentation which is a result of months of research undertaken in groups. Some of this initial group research can be found at the end of the portfolio.
  • 5. FinalMasterplanImage PortfolioThis is my finalmasterplanimage for Govanthat has come asa result ofsubstantialresearchincluding blockanalysis,analysis into thehistory of thearea and thecurrent problemsGovan faces.This is also aresult of researchinto the use oftraffic calming,street hierarchyand the use ofpublic space aspositive placemaking. Page 5
  • 6. Portfolio Page 6 The above diagram looks some of the initial work into proposed block densities and the streethierarchies. This information along with research into block analysis and the Local Urban Code was used to produce our individual masterplans. The below image is something that I found very useful in the process and looks at how new proposals can improve permeability in a subject area. It looks at providing local and district centres and what areas can be reached in a 5 and 10 minute walk.
  • 7. Portfolio Page 7 These images were supporting diagrams and in particular I feel the use of figure ground images (as seen in the top two) can show instantly to a developer or client the difference a proposal can make. It immediately highlights wasted space and the impact of new grid like layouts.
  • 8. The diagramon the left Portfolioshows thereference to the block analysis and thelink to our Local Urban Code. The diagram on the right shows a realistic scheduleof phasingof the newdevelopm ent and I tried tomaximize future landvalues for higher end riverdevelopm ent. Page 8
  • 9. Portfolio Page 9This was a series of supporting images that quickly aimed to show some 3D images of thesite overall and smaller sections from important viewpoints. As well as these images I also feel it is vital to provide precedents to help convey ideas and how your proposals have worked in other areas.
  • 10. PortfolioThese are proposed examples of the main street types that would be used and the width in relation to the height of buildings etc. It also helps give a better idea of the scale in relation to objects such as cars, people and lamp posts.The cross section was used to help give an idea of how one of the main roads down to the Clyde would look and work in terms of street width and scale. Page 10
  • 11. Portfolio Page 11The first group piece of work and our group was responsible for drawing the existing city includingsecurity cameras, bins, lamp posts, bus stops etc. A painstaking process but one that helped tounderstand Govan better. This map was used throughout the year as it was so comprehensive.
  • 12. Portfolio Page 12 These are 4 out of the 6 boards that were presented as a group showing our ambitions for the area and proposed neighbourhood and district centres.
  • 13. Portfolio Page 13 Graphical extracts in more detail from the proposals put forward on the future of Govan. The strategic phase involved working in a group and using our different backgrounds to propose and remove ideas and ultimately producing an overall vision that we could all agree on as the best way forward. We were commended for our very well thought out and realistic proposals along with our graphical and verbal presentations.
  • 14. Portfolio Page 14 My individual block analysis that was added to the other 30 blocks analyzed and then collectively used to produce our Local Urban Code.
  • 15. Portfolio Page 15 Photos showing exhibitions and internal reviews in the Department of Architecture throughout the year.