Shira de Bourbon Parme

Co-Founder, Foregrounds

Shira is an urban designer and anthropologist with 15 years of experience coordinating urban development projects with social wellbeing. As co-founding director of ForeGrounds, she works alongside developers, planners and architects to support the delivery of targeted positive impacts in urban interventions, promoting wellbeing at every stage of the project life span from conception to occupancy. Having trained as an architect, Shira has worked on large master plans and smaller urban schemes, with a particular interest in social infrastructure, community care practices and healthy cities. She holds a doctorate from the Future of Cities programme at the University of Oxford. By combining her practical and academic knowledge, Shira is uniquely placed to help clients generate bespoke, integrated and inclusive placemaking strategies, create systemic design briefs and bring a rigorous evidence-base to the development process.