Dr Deb Upadhyaya

Manager - Garden Towns and Villages, Homes England and Board Director, Academy of Urbanism , Homes England and Academy of Urbanism

Dr Deb is a professionally trained architect, urban designer and planner, leading delivery of exemplar large scale and complex housing, regeneration, and garden communities' projects both in the public and private sector, for over 20 years. A passionate advocate of sustainable urbanism, design, delivery of quality places and value creation through collaboration/ design led innovation, he champions inclusion and diversity as the fundamental building blocks of delivering resilient built environments for the future. He works as the Manager ‚Äì Garden Towns and Villages with a national remit at Homes England - the government's housing accelerator. In a voluntary capacity, he is also a Board Director at 

The Academy of Urbanism, Design Council's Built Environment Expert and an independent design panel member for Essex Quality Review Panel. He mentors young professionals, delivers invited lectures at Universities, international symposiums and pursues practice-led research on delivering 'quality' and 'at pace' in partnership with academia and the built environment sector on 'sustainable development goals, smart technologies and climate change'. A Fellow of the RSA, Chartered Town Planner, Chartered Manager, and a Recognised Practitioner in Urban Design, he has a Doctorate in Philosophy on 'Changing Paradigms of Evolving City Centres' and an Executive MBA from the University of Sheffield.