We are passionate about making places better


HERE+NOW has a network of collaborators who team up with Liz on a project-by-project basis to offer specialised, bespoke project responses.  Drawing from our range of tools and approaches, we aim to improve the way end-users are engaged in planning, designing and delivering placemaking projects.



Liz Thomas - Chartered Landscape Architect

Liz Thomas is a Chartered Landscape Architect with 12 years experience working for a wide range of public, private and third sector clients.  She specialises in design, community engagement and graphic communication. Liz is a PAS design associate, and enjoys working as part of inter-disciplinary teams to help deliver community planning events such as charrettes and hands on design and build projects.

From city-scale greenspace infrastructure to local-scale community parks and gardens, Liz works to make space for people and nature in placemaking projects.  She works to elevate the voice landscape architecture and value of place-making by design. Liz is a part-time tutor on the landscape architecture degree course at ESALA, and a Leader of the Edinburgh Shoreline ‘Wildlife Watch’ group.  


Jenny Elliott - Chartered Landscape Architect

Jenny Elliott CMLI is a co-founder and former director of HERE+NOW. Jenny combines design expertise with research skills, and is particularly interested in understanding user experience of the built environment. Jenny has experience in Australia, Denmark and the UK. She has led numerous evidence based studies of the built environment. Jenny often uses photography / film making to document projects.


Lisa Jeffrey is a Landscape Architect and a people person! Now working as an art teacher in a secondary school, she was one of the 3 co-founders of HERE+NOW. Lisa previously worked for OKRA in The Netherlands, where she developed a passion for place design that connects and stimulates.


Shaun Barton is a designer. He has a particular interest in community engagement and has specialised in the design of temporary spaces such as events, pop-ups, public space interventions and exhibition. Shaun has developed a capacity for creativity, strategic thinking, research, negotiation, communication, material solution development and project construction.


Akiko Kobayashi is an Architect facilitating community-led change in the build environment. Her practice spans community projects and engagement to building design and advice. Akiko and Liz are currently collaborating on overseeing the strategic design and implementation of Edinburgh Palette’s Stanley Street vision.

Ellie Clarke CMLI is a director at One A Studio, working on projects across the UK.  Ellie has developed skills in master planning, concept scheme design, detail design, graphic design, construction administration and LVIAs.  She takes pride in her ability to understand the needs of the end user, and her creativity, enthusiasm, and personable approach is contagious!


Selby Richardson is an architect, planner and urban designer with experience in urban design strategies, public realm design and environmental improvement. At Urban Design Futures, Selby has led a wide range of urban regeneration projects in Edinburgh and central Scotland for public and private sector clients. He has collaborated with HERE+NOW to develop masterplans for housing and urban regeneration projects.

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