Forum for an alternative Belfast

Contact Forum For Alternative Belfast



11 Lombard Street 

Belfast BT1 1RB


  • Mark Hackett
  • Declan Hill
  • Karen Keavney
  • Ciaran Mackel
  • Ken Sterrett    (chairperson)


Mark Hackett architect and full time director in Forum. He is a former partner in Hackett Hall McKnight who in 2007 won the international competition to design the MAC arts centre recently completed in the Cathedral Quarter. In 2008 they won UK Young Architect of the Year award. Mark left the partnership in June 2010, working part–time there in 2011 until becoming a full time director in Forum. He has been an external examiner in University of Dundee and has taught in architecture courses extensively since 1999. He is a board member of PLACE.

Declan Hill is an architect and has been a full time director in the Forum since May 2011. He is a former associate in charge of housing in Todd Architects where he had worked since 1998, having won a number of national awards for housing. Previously Declan worked for six years in Hamburg, Dresden and Berlin where he completed a number of large housing and office projects. Declan is a founder and board member of the Black Box in Belfast and sits on the boards of Belfast Exposed Photography and Flax Arts studios.

Dr Karen Keaveney is a lecturer in planning at Queens University Belfast. She specialises in spatial literacy, regeneration and rural restructuring.

Ciaran Mackel is senior lecturer in architecture at the University of Ulster Belfast and an architect and runs his practice ARD in Belfast.

Dr Ken Sterrett is a senior planning lecturer in SPACE Queens University Belfast. He has worked as a senior planner and advisor to the Belfast Action Teams. Ken was a member of the Wales Spatial Plan Board and is currently a expert advisor to the Ministerial Advisory Group on Architecture and Built Environment for Northern Ireland and he is active in community–based regeneration groups. Ken is the current chairperson of Forum