Karthaus leads on projects within the place team. An architect, educator and researcher with a wide breadth of experience, he has passionate belief in design as a collaborative endeavour capable of solving the biggest societal challenges. He brings experience and expertise in urban design, architecture and research from being a director of matter architecture and associate professor at the University of East London. He has delivered a wide range of types and scales of building and public realm projects and is a High Streets Task Force expert. In 2018, Karthaus led a team that won an RIBA president’s medal for research on prison design. He has worked both for and within local government on major regeneration projects and has published innovative research on how housing can improve health and wellbeing through intergenerational design. Working with Ealing Council, he led a strategy for the borough’s older adults accommodation that applied this research through an innovative health and care-led commissioning approach. He has also led and participated in urban design workshops around the world including Russia, China, India and Europe. As well as being a qualified architect, Karthaus also holds a master’s in cities, design and regeneration.