The Wordsearch Place team brings together unrivalled placemaking experience
Director and Founding Partner
William Murray is an owner of Wordsearch and co-founder of Wordsearch Place. William has worked at Wordsearch for 22 years and during that time has worked on some of the world’s most prestigious buildings and developments, including the Shard and Battersea Power Station in London, One World Trade Center, Central Park Tower and Hudson Yards in New York, The 78 in Chicago, Shipyard and Candlestick in San Francisco, East Harbour ,Toronto and Masdar City in Abi Dhabi.
He is an expert facilitator, speaker, and writer, and has unrivalled experience in the creation of Place Vision, in articulating the critical elements of a project’s success factors, and understanding how they can be employed in both placemaking and communication strategies.
Director and Founding Partner
As a property developer David worked on the largest planning application ever secured in London at the iconic Battersea Power Station. Working as both the Chief Development Officer and Head of Design and Placemaking, David was instrumental in developing the placemaking strategy, the masterplan, mix and architecture at the Power Station – running all aspects of design and placemaking on one of the biggest and fastest selling residential projects in UK history.
David’s experience of designing, curating and opening Phase 1 of Battersea Power Station without any paid advertising gives him a rare insight into how to activate and deliver a successful place experience.
Strategy & Research Consultant
Eric Holding is an architect, urban designer, management consultant and published author with over twenty five years of experience. He has led projects involving urban visioning, creation of strategic guidance, design of large-scale mixed- use developments, academic research and publication.
Since 2006 he has worked in a variety of roles at Battersea Power Station – one of Europe’s largest mixed-use developments – carrying out feasibility studies, executive masterplanning, devising and evaluating architectural competitions and providing strategic placemaking consultancy. Eric is an expert in combining management theory, development reality and place strategy to create successful and valuable place visions.
In addition to being a CABE Built Environment Expert (BEE) Eric is also a member of The Academy of Urbanism, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and has taught and lectured in the UK, United States, Australia and Japan. His book ‘Staged Architecture’ was The Sunday Times Architecture Book of the Year in 2000.
Jude Kelly is a creative director and a foremost commentator on gender, inclusion and the arts. She was Artistic Director of the Southbank Centre from 2006-2018, where she created Festivals including: Being A Man, Unlimited, The Rest is Noise, Changing Britain, the Festival of Death, (B)old, as well as WOW- Women of the World, a global festival movement. Southbank is Britain’s largest cultural institution and is the ultimate example of place-led regeneration, shifting London’s cultural and entertainment offer south of the river and forming a catalyst for widespread regeneration.
Jude has directed over 100 productions including at the Royal Shakespeare Company, English National Opera, National Theatre, and the Châtalet in Paris. She has advised governments, business, media and educational institutions and is one of the world’s foremost commentators on gender and inclusion in the arts. She led the cultural team for the successful London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic bid. In 2015 she was made a CBE for services to the Arts. She was a judge for the Stirling Prize for Architecture 2018.
Jennifer is an experienced researcher, urban planner and project manager. She has worked with public, private and community organisations to build consensus and collaboratively plan for major urban mixed-use redevelopment projects and masterplanned new communities.
Jennifer tracks industry trends and translates thought leadership into practice, and has helped teams understand and embrace concepts as far ranging as millennial customers, healthy cities, and transit-oriented development. She connects this with local research on place history, culture and experience to deepen understanding of a project’s context and build connections to vision and narrative.
Studio + Project Coordinator
Tess is a design-focused professional with a keen interest in place-making and urban development. Having a background in architectural design and construction management, she draws on her experiences in project coordination, business development and marketing.
Tess brings a unique balance of theoretical design knowledge and technical skills to all challenges with which she is faced. At Wordsearch Place, she provides support on projects across our portfolio of work, as well as coordinating business development initiatives.