Nick Wates CV

Personal details


Full name:
Nicholas Heron Wates

Date of birth:
6 January 1951

Address:  
29 Lower Park Road, Hastings TN34 2LA

Telephone:  
+44 (0)1424 712612

Mobile:  
+44 (0)7770 921824

email:
nick@nickwates.co.uk

website:

General skills:
Writing, photography, teaching, computer operating, building.


Current status:  
Managing Director of Nick Wates Associates. Publisher and Site Editor of Communityplanning.net.


 

Education and qualifications


2020
PhD by Publication, University of Brighton.


2009
The Dale Carnegie Course, Dale Carnegie Training, Effective communications and human relations, Special recognition


1974-75
Development Planning Unit, University College London: Diploma in Development Planning


1970-73
School of Environmental Studies, University College London: B.Sc with First Class Honours in Architecture, Planning, Building and Environmental Studies (includes RIBA Part 1).


1964-69
Bedales School, Hampshire: GCE ‘O’levels,10 subjects; GCE ‘A’ levels, 4 subjects (maths, physics, geography, woodwork); Associated Board, grade 8 French horn; played in school orchestra and the band Circulation. See video.


 

Full-time posts


1992-
Managing Director, Nick Wates Associates.


1989-91
Director, Hastings Urban Conservation Project and Hastings Trust, Sussex.


1986-87
Co-organiser, Building Communities; the first international conference on community architecture, planning and design, Astoria Theatre, London.


1976-83
Assistant News Editor, external editor and News Editor, Architects’ Journal, London.


1974
Coordinator, Tolmers Village Association, Euston, London.


1973
Assistant to the Director, City Poverty Committee, Covent Garden, London.


1970
Teacher of maths and carpentry, Shashe River School, Botswana, Africa. See photos


 

Part-time posts and responsibilities


2014- 
Chair, Hastings Trust.


2001- 
Site Editor, The Community Planning Website, www.communityplanning.net, Nick Wates Associates.


2018-2020

Doctoral researcher, School of Environment & Technology, University of Brighton


2017 
External Examiner, Doctoral College, University of Brighton


2011-17
Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts .


2008-16
Academician, Academy of Urbanism.


2007-16
Associate of the Community Development Foundation.


2012-16 
Member of the Design Review Panel of the South Downs National Park Authority.


2007-08
Steering Group member, Research study on ‘Wider social participation in the architectural design process’, Scottish Matrix for Architectural Research and Knowledge for the Arts & Humanities Research Council.


2003-06
Regeneration Advisor, The Castleford Project, Talkback/Channel 4.


2001-02
Project Manager, Community Planning Training & Development Programme, The Prince’s Foundation in association with The Civic Trust.


2000-02
Research Associate, The Prince’s Foundation.


1993-99
Senior Research Associate, The Prince of Wales’s Institute of Architecture.


1996-98
Project Manager, Urban Design Group Public Participation Programme.


1993-94
Editorial Board member,  Perspectives on Architecture.


1993-95
Assessor, Community Enterprise Awards.


1989-90
Chair, Hastings Environment Forum.


1988
UK Speaker, European Salaried Architects Congress, Poland.


1987-88
UK Coordinator & Plenary Speaker, Remaking Cities conference, Pittsburgh


1987-88
Managing Editor, Building Communities Bookshop, London.


1985-87
Columnist, Building Design, London


1979-86
Press Officer, Limehouse Development Group, London Docklands.


1975-89
Freelance journalist specialising on environmental politics, community architecture and urban regeneration.


 

Books


2011
Tolmers in Colour, Memories of a London squatter community,  (with Mae Dewsbery and Caroline Lwin). Bay Leaf Books.


2010
Concertation citoyenne en urbanisme: La méthode du Community Planning, (co-author with  Eléonore Hauptmann), Yves Michelle (French translation and adaptation of The Community Planning Event Manual)


2008
The Community Planning Event Manual; How to use Collaborative Planning and Urban Design Events to Improve your Environment, Earthscan.


2000
The Community Planning Handbookhow people can shape their cities, towns and villages in any part of the world, Earthscan.
(Earthscan China Project, Chinese translation, 2002; Misewoom Publishing Co., Korean translation, 2008)


1996
Action Planning; how to use planning weekends and urban design action teams to improve your environment, The Prince of Wales’s Institute of Architecture.
(Chuan Hsing Publishing Co.’ Chinese translation, 1996; MATCH (German translation), 1997; Miroslav Kundrata (Czech translation), 1999.


1987
Community Architecture; how people are creating their own environment,
(co-author with Charles Knevitt). Penguin Books Ltd.
(Toshi Bunka Sha, Japanese translation, 1992; Chuan Hsing Publishing Co., Chinese translation, 1993.)


1980
Squatting, the real story,
(compiler and co-editor with Christian Wolmar). Bay Leaf Books.


1976
The Battle for Tolmers Square, Routledge & Kegan Paul.


 

Reports and pamphlets


1999– 2012
see Reports & Brochures section on this website.


1998
Involving Local Communities in Urban Design;   promoting good practice, Urban Design Quarterly, July (compiler).


1992
A Multicultural Centre for Hastings:   St Mary-in-the-Castle Prospectus, St Mary-in-the-Castle Working Party (editor).


1991
Turning the Tide;  Hastings Trust prospectus and review 1991 , Hastings Trust (editor).


1986
The Limehouse Petition;  for a future inner city , Limehouse Development Group in association with the Town & Country Planning Association, (editor).


 

Articles


1975-99
Published in:  Architects’ Journal, Architectural Design, Architectural Review, Building Design, Bulletin of Environmental Education, Community Action, Daily Mirror, Designer, East End News, Environment Now, Guardian, London Architect, New Society, Observer, Perspectives, RIBA Journal, Times, Thames Mirror, Undercurrents, Urban Design Quarterly, Urbanisation, Vole.


 

Film and radio


1987
The Hackney Way, BBC2 Omnibus, (programme consultant)


1979
Down to Earth, BBC Radio 4, (scriptwriter and narrator)


1975
Tolmers: Beginning or end?, Thompson Productions for BBC2, (producer)


 

Awards


2009
Finalist in Royal Town Planning Institute Planning Awards  (communityplanning.net)

1993
China News ‘Best 10 books of the Year’ award, (Community Architecture).

1978
Architectural Writer of the Year, International Building Press.

 

Travel


1970 –
Africa, 1970; USA, 1973/75/86/96; Japan, 1995; South East Asia, 1978; Central & South America, 1975/83; Russia, 1978; Middle East, 1996; China 2012/13; Europe, frequent.


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