Riëtte is HTA Design LLP's Partner responsible for Urban Planning. Riëtte established and headed up HTA Design’s award winning planning team since 2007. She trained as a Town and Regional Planner in South Africa, and holds a PhD in Urban Policy and Social Exclusion from CURS, University of Birmingham.
Riëtte’s team of residential and residential led mixed use expert planners deliver bespoke planning advice and solutions to a wide range of clients from the public and private sector. HTA’s planning team have delivered a significant portfolio of successful planning applications, having secured planning permission for more than 10,000 new homes in London and the rest of the UK working collaboratively with HTA Design teams and other architectural practices. She is also closely involved in promoting HTA’s thinking on innovative solutions to solve the housing crisis, including a suburban intensification project ‘Supurbia’ and other untapped sources of housing provision in London, such as its rooftops. Riëtte is particularly interested in how design can deliver social value and have worked with the RIBA on the publication of its Social Value Toolkit for Architects.
Riëtte was included in the Planner’s Women of Influence list 2018 and 2020, and is member of the Planning Group of the RIBA.
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