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Noel is an architect living and working in Swansea. He has been a Chartered Architect since 1984 and is the principal of architectural practice Noel Isherwood Architects based in the Environment Centre in Swansea. He studied Architecture at Canterbury School of Architecture and won the Third Year RIBA Student Prize. Following this, he studied at the Architectural Association in London, including urbanism, where he received his AA Diploma.

Noel has worked on numerous architectural projects, particularly in the private residential, historic buildings and housing sectors. He has also worked in other sectors, and has contributed to many urban design projects and studies in collaboration with specialist consultants. He is currently working on a number of housing projects where growth is being targeted in the UK with an emphasis on sustainable urbanism. He has extensive experience in bringing together diverse stakeholder interests to produce realisable visions to create low carbon communities and sustainable buildings on brown field, green field and heritage sites and has led workshops with and for the Prince's Foundation and others to assist in the delivery of Neighbourhood Plans with local communities across England. More recently he has partnered on a high street regeneration project in Swansea. He was a founding member of the first large urban based community land trust in the UK known as the East London Community Land Trust (ELCLT). This grew out of a campaign led by London Citizens who lobbied for a CLT in London.

He has lectured extensively, internationally, on sustainable architectural and urban design and taught Urbanism at postgraduate level on a part time basis at the University of Cardiff, the University of South Wales and as a visiting tutor at Lincoln University. He has also co-authored the Strasbourg Report, Regaining the public realm.

He is also an artist, a proficient architectural and urban illustrator and watercolourist.

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