Riëtte is HTA Design LLP’s Partner responsible for Urban Planning. She has been leading HTA’s multi award winning planning team since 2007. She is an expert in residential development, design and planning policy with over 22 years of experience as an urban planning consultant. She is passionate about working with communities, research on what makes good places, innovative ways of solving the housing crisis, planning policy changes and its impact on people’s lives.
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 for new homes in London and the rest of the UK working collaboratively with a range of design teams from HTA and other architectural practices. Aside from providing clients with planning advice, Riëtte 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.
Before joining HTA, Riëtte worked at Knight Frank providing planning and development consultancy advice for housebuilders, developers, financial institutions and public sector clients.
Prior to that, Riëtte worked for OPM, a management consultancy, specialising in community engagement, policy research and strategy advice. At OPM Riëtte worked on a number of built environment and community cohesion projects for clients such as CABE, the Home Office and the Scottish Executive, including a toolkit for successful community cohesion in area based regeneration initiatives.
Riëtte has also worked with the Centre of Urban and Regional Studies (CURS), University of Birmingham, on a number of projects, including a European wide comparative research project assessing the impact of urban form on the experience of social exclusion across different built typologies published as Urbex Report 22 ‘The Spatial Dimensions of Urban Social Exclusion and Integration’.
Up to 1999, Riëtte lectured in planning theory and practice at the Department of Town and Regional Planning, University of Pretoria, South Africa, and worked with several planning consultancies on Integrated Development Plans for townships such as Mamelodi (Pretoria), and former homeland areas such as Ekangala.
Riëtte has provided planning advice on a number of residential led mixed use schemes, including:
Riëtte’s team has acted as planning advisors for George Street, Croydon, the tallest modular building in the world, which received Planning Permission of the Year in the Planning Awards 2019.
Riëtte is a Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and a member of the RIBA Planning Policy Group. She joined the NLA’s Planning Expert Group in 2020. She was listed as Women of Influence by The Planner Magazine in 2018 and 2020. Outside of the office she is often found on a bicycle.