Vice President of INTA
Roy Adams is an urban planner. He was the joint author of the successful development plan for Laganside in Belfast and has worked as an adviser to the Government of Northern Ireland on community capacity-building, work for which he was awarded an OBE in 2005.
Roy spent most of his career with the international architect/engineering firm Building Design Partnership, leading the urban planning profession and various BDP offices before becoming Chief Executive for 10 years. He was recruited by the international construction group Laing O’Rourke as an Executive Director, responsible for “radical innovation”. He subsequently set up up his own consultancy, Entity Partnerships, to focus on urban regeneration projects internationally.
As a long-standing member of INTA (since 1970’s), Roy has led the urban advisory work of Expert Panels in Belfast, Bergen, Niigata, La Réunion, Lyon, Malmö, Rotterdam, Valence and Vaulx-en-Velin.
Roy is master-planning co-ordinator for a development project on the former Queen’s Quay ship-building site at Clydebank, Scotland, and is leading a team charged with producing a development strategy for the island of Mohéli in the Indian Ocean.
He is passionate about the importance of “enabling infrastructure” as the economic lever for sustainable community development. Interests include: civil society, family, rugby and cuisine.