Rebecca Taylor
BA (Hons) MSc DipArch RIBA

An architect and Partner at JTP, Rebecca has over 25 years’ experience designing and delivering residential and mixed-use neighbourhoods, in the UK and internationally. Having worked confidently across a range of scales, from strategic masterplanning to detailed residential design, she focusses on the special and unique qualities of each project and uses these to create memorable and distinctive placemaking proposals.  With a portfolio of projects covering urban and rural locations, Rebecca has an inherent understanding of creating and delivering new, mixed-use urban quarters as well as lower-density neighbourhoods, garden communities and urban extensions.  


She is currently working on four garden community projects, which range from early visioning, masterplanning and design coding, through to detailed design stages.  Working for Guildford Borough Council, she has been leading the team on Weyside Urban Village since 2020 preparing first the Outline Planning Application then the Site Wide Design Code.  Selected as one of the 14 pilot projects by DLUHC for the NMDC, she oversaw the production of the community-led Design Code for Phase 1, followed by the preparation of two RMA submissions, both to Passivhaus standard.  This visionary project will radically transform a strategically important brownfield site into a thriving new neighbourhood alongside the River Wey.   


Rebecca also has extensive experience designing and delivering high-density projects in and around London.  Park East in Erith, and New Green and Avenue Rise in Havering are all recently completed estate regeneration projects across the capital delivering high proportions of new affordable homes.  Osterley Place in Osterley is a new mixed-use high-density neighbourhood of 1,700 new homes for St Edward and Brunel Street Works, for Galliford Try, is a new urban quarter in Canning Town, east London, consisting of 975 homes, designed in collaboration with two other architectural practices.  Outside of London, she co-led the design team on Albion Waterside, a new high-density quarter in Gravesend for Joseph Homes, and most recently the Friary Quarter in Guildford which was approved at committee in 2023. 


Rebecca has substantial experience working with and presenting proposals to a wide range of audiences and stakeholders with confidence and authority. Most recently, Rebecca led the co-design process on the landscape-led vision for Bailrigg Garden Community, delivering 5,000 mixed-tenure homes alongside green spaces and a mixed-use local centre. Working for Lancaster City Council, the co-design process involved multiple stakeholders and the wider community in creating a shared vision for the garden community. 


Her work within the practice includes several award-winning Victorian hospital regeneration projects. These projects typically include listed buildings, heritage assets and sensitive landscapes – all of which have driven the development of innovative new masterplans and sensitive architectural responses. Recently completed, St ClementsHospital in Bow, east London, is home to London’sfirst ever Community Land Trust –delivering affordable homes indexedagainst the local living wage, makingthem truly affordable for residents fromthis part of London. In December 2017 thisproject was selected by The Guardian asNo. 1 in their list of top ten architectureand design events in 2017. 


Rebecca is also responsible for driving forward the sustainability agenda within JTP and exploring how sustainable design principles can be embedded within projects. As part of this, she has been championing nature-led design that considers biodiversity net gain and urban greening from the very early design stages, to make sure that new development creates the right habitats for both people and wildlife.   As partner in charge of sustainability, she has been responsible for preparing and evolving the JTP practice route map to zero carbon, setting challenging targets across its projects as well as the practice. 

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