Forum for an alternative Belfast

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The Forum is now winding down, please contact us on for any legacy issues and see contact bios below.

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

Mark Hackett is an architect and 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 in Belfast. 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 is a board member of PLACE. He runs his practice Mark Hackett architect and is a director in City Reparo

Declan Hill is a director in the Forum. He was 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 now a lecturer in Rural development in UCD, she was 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 Ciaran Mackel in Belfast.

Dr Ken Sterrett is a senior planning lecturer in SPACE Queens University Belfast and is the chairperson of Forum. 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 now a director in City Reparo.