Siân Moxon

Siân Moxon is Associate Professor of Sustainable Architecture at the School of Art, Architecture and Design. She leads London Met Lab’s environment challenge and the School of Art, Architecture, Design’s Education Declares initiative. She is an architect, author and founder of the award-winning Rewild My Street urban-rewilding campaign.

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Siân Moxon

Siân is an expert in sustainable design, who teaches at the School of Art, Architecture and Design, conducts design research on urban rewilding, and works with community partners on knowledge exchange around design for biodiversity through London Met Lab.

Siân is a qualified architect with a background of many years’ experience designing buildings for the conservation, housing and schools sectors. She was an Associate at award-winning architecture and interiors practice Jestico + Whiles - working on projects ranging from a foyer for vulnerable young people in Barking to an interior for London’s Royal Albert Hall and a prestigious restoration of Sir John Soane's country estate in Ealing.

Siân has been recognised as a role model for female architects, as a finalist in the Inspire awards for women in construction, and in the Architects’ Journal’s lists of influential women in architecture and women in sustainable architecture.
She studied Architecture at Cardiff University, where she was awarded student prizes for her entrance grades and degree work, and a Commendation for her diploma work.

Siân’s textbook, Sustainability in Interior Design (Laurence King, 2012) is a global success, published in 5 languages. Her research and knowledge exchange centres on her Rewild My Street project, which has won international design-ideas competitions and awards.

Siân is a Technology tutor at the School of Art, Architecture and Design, where she specialises in teaching sustainable design across the architecture and interior design courses, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. In addition she is the Environment tutor on the university-wide Empowering London work-based learning module. Her teaching is informed by her practice background, research on urban biodiversity and text book on sustainable interior design.

As an expert in sustainable design, Siân is leading the School's response to the climate and ecological emergency through its Art, Architecture and Design Education Declares initiative to ensure arts graduates are equipped to tackle the environmental crisis. This includes running an annual tree-planting event for staff and students, supported by the Woodland Trust, to create hedges for biodiversity at Mudchute City Farm.

Siân is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Authority, who has taught at the Royal College of Art, Kingston University, London South Bank University, University of the Creative Arts Canterbury and Oxford Brookes University as a visiting lecturer. She has also led classes for primary school children about urban rewilding and undertaken a guest professorship at Antwerp University.

Siân’s practice-centred design research explores urban biodiversity within the Centre for Urban and Built Ecologies (CUBE) and Centre for Applied Research in Empowering Society (CARES). It includes the interdisciplinary Wild Ways study on behaviour change to influence rewilding in London’s residential gardens, funded by the Kusuma Trust.

Siân’s research combines her expertise in sustainable design, architectural practice experience in urban regeneration and passion for wildlife conservation. Her research uses design-research methodologies to develop and communicate visions for biodiverse cities - and incite community action to effect change. It investigates urban rewilding as a means to address biodiversity and greenspace decline, while promoting sustainable redevelopment of cities. Themes include visual representation, generosity in architectural practice, perceptions of wildness and behaviour change.

Siân’s Rewild My Street campaign uses architectural drawings to inspire and empower residents to transform London’s streets for wildlife through knowledge exchange. The website and @rewildmystreet social-media accounts form a design toolkit, bringing new insights to conservation guidance, including street-scale thinking, sensitive integration within an urban context and elegant product specification. The project was a winner of the London National Park City and Massachusets Institute of Technology’s international design-ideas competitions, and finalist of the Sustainable Cities awards and the university’s Big Idea Challenge.


  • Kusuma Trust, Community and Environment grant: £58,232, Wild Ways Stages 2-4, 2022-25
  • The Woodland Trust, Trees for Schools & Communities: 1,680 trees, Mudchute City Farm, 2020-2023
  • Islington Greener Together: £60,000, Highbury Fields Play Street with Unite the Fields, 2022
  • MIT Center for Collective Intelligence, Post-Covid-19 City challenge Direct Action Fellowship: $1,000, Rewild My Street, 2021
  • London Metropolitan University, EEROC/Rescaling/Transformation Fund: Wild Ways/Rewild My Street, 2017-2024



  • London Metropolitan University staff/student research conference: winner, best 20-minute paper, Wild Ways, 2023
  • Corporation of the City of London Sustainable City Awardsm Healthier Places: finalist, Rewild My Street, 2019
  • Imagine London as a National Park City international design-ideas competition: winner, Rewild My Street, 2017
  • Association of Urban Farming design competition: winner, 2016

See Rewild My Street's news page for the latest awards.


Academic publications

Research and knowledge exchange

Siân has achieved international recognition as an expert on design for urban rewilding. She has accepted speaking invitations for numerous talks for public, industry and academic audiences, including Planted Cities: London, the global Nature of Cities Festival, London Day of Nature, Bielefeld University’s Behaviour conference and Poznan City Development Forum. She has participated in many other events and exhibitions, including the European Bioblitz research showcase, Sustainable High Road N2 and the Wildlife Trusts’ annual ‘30 Days Wild’ challenge.

Rewild My Street has thousands of subscribers to its website and social-media accounts, including conservation organisations, community groups, councillors, societies, schools, academics, designers, students and members of the public from London to the US and Australia.

See Rewild My Street’s news page for a full list of events and media coverage of the project.

Through her role as London Met Lab ‘Challenge Champion’, Siân collaborates with local community partners to improve the life of Londoners by addressing the capital’s environmental challenges. Roles include advising Islington Council, Hammersmith and Fulham Council, Liliesleaf Trust, the Natural History Museum and the BBC on rewilding projects; and working with businesses, including Eight Versa, MXN Architecture and PiM Studio. In addition, Siân is a member of the UK Universities Climate Change Network and sits on Islington Council’s Environment Steering Group.

Siân also instigated the ‘Ecological Dialogues’ knowledge-exchange talks to communicate the university’s environmental research to public and practice audiences.