About us 

PeopleMatter is dedicated to rethinking cities to improve the quality of urban life.

Naomi Rubbra

Naomi has worked alongside architectural practitioners and researchers in Copenhagen, New York, Chicago and  Edinburgh - during this time she has developed a well-informed interest in what constitutes ethical architectural practice.

Pushing ideas of anthropological engagement by exploring the material and psychological implications of daily life for older residents on her housing estate, Naomi's MArch thesis Towards Effective Architectural Practice: Lessons from the Elthorne Housing Estate put people at the centre of her education.

Alongside all things PeopleMatter, Naomi is currently undertaking professional training to become an architect with a primary focus on delivering social housing for the London Borough of Newham. 

Leo Taylor

Leo has travelled extensively working with urbanists and architects from New York to Nairobi.


His core principles of social and environmental sustainability have been drawn-out from time as a Fellow at ETH Zurich working on slum upgrading with Urban Think Tank and with BuildX Studio in Kenya. He has also contributed to urban regeneration and resilience projects for SCAPE in New York, and in the Netherlands. 

Outside of collaborating on PeopleMatter projects, Leo has founded a start-up addressing issues of food sustainability through edible insects, called BUG.

Sacha Hickinbotham

Sacha has worked in many architectural practices ranging in both scale and scope, originating in Melbourne, Australia and travelling to Sydney, Tokyo, Rotterdam and London.

His studies at The Bartlett School of Architecture involved researching cultural integration of migrants and refugees, using architecture and urban design as a tool to provide housing and educational facilities. This is an ongoing exploration into the effective utilisation of public space in our urban environments, and how our city can best serve its inhabitants.

Additionally, Sacha is committed to his professional training with DSDHA, where he is involved in architecture, urban design and research projects that place people at the forefront of each venture.

Nick Salthouse

Growing up in Zimbabwe has forged a rather unique perspective of the world. Incredibly humbled by
the opportunities afforded to him, and the privilege of an education, Nick has since worked with some of the world’s most renowned architects and engineers in the UK, France, Barcelona, New York, Singapore, Toronto, and South Africa.


He is preoccupied with mechanisms that best serve egalitarian ideals, recurrently exploring extremes of social poverty, neoliberal disparity, and environmental ceilings in his architectural work. 

A qualified environmental engineer and avid technologist, Nick is also interested in psychology and behavioural economics when he is not taking everything apart.

PeopleMatter rethinks cities to improve quality of urban life