Barra Mac Ruairí is the chief operating officer at YTL Developments (UK) Ltd. He is an architect and city planner. His role is to grow YTL in the UK and deliver its first major scheme at Filton Airfield, on the Northern Fringe of Bristol. He was appointed to this position because of his expertise and track record of successful placemaking at a large scale. Prior to joining YTL, he spent a decade in leadership roles in two cities; Bristol and Bradford. He was instrumental in seeing and securing big shifts in both city’s trajectories such as the University of Bristol campus at Temple Meads and City Park in Bradford. Previously he led the urban programme at the Regional Development Agency in Leeds, worked for Urban Splash in Manchester and Liverpool, and was an architect in practice through the 1990s. He is a chartered member of the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Royal Town Planning Institute, a distinguished fellow of the Cabot Institute, a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Commerce and a past visiting professor at the University of Sheffield.
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