Stephanie is a London-based Architect-Urban Designer and Filmmaker with over three decades of experience in Europe, North America and Southern Africa (where she completed her undergraduate architectural degree).
After graduating with a Master of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard University in the early 1980s Mills lectured at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg before relocating to London. She assisted Arup Associates Director, Michael Lowe, with the establishment of Arup Urban Design, working on Master Plans for various business parks, a rail-freight terminal, a new settlement in Cambridgeshire and a new cultural and media complex on the outskirts of Budapest.
During the 1990s Mills co-founded Urban Arts, to continue urban design practice, and Lexington Films where she co-produced three independent British feature films and a design related documentary for BBC2.
Following a period in Toronto, Mills began working with DEGW (2007-9). There she helped with the formulation of client strategic / project briefs and their translation into Master Plan guidelines, frameworks, building and spatial typologies for various universities, and design development to RIBA Stage C for the Backstage Centre in Purfleet, Thurrock for Creative and Cultural Skills, and S-Park, a Bristol-based science park and innovation hub that is a collaboration between the Universities of Bristol, Bath and University of the West of England (UWE) on behalf of Quantum Property Partnership.
Mills’ experience across a range of creative disciplines has led to the evolution of her consultancy work towards a combination of research, client briefing, collaborative visioning and organisational strategy – all with place-based implications whether on a building or urban scale. Mills has a particular interest in emerging hybrid space typologies and practices for fostering (social) innovation and enterprise. Her action research has led to expertise in developing adaptive capacity, shared assets, collaborative networks and generating social capital using participatory learning and engagement methods across a variety of communities and organisations.
M.Arch. in Urban Design (MAUD) Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., USA.
B.Architecture University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa.
Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)
Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA)
Member of the Academy of Urbanism