Dryden qualified as an Architect in 1997 and worked in this discipline predominantly in the residential, industrial and education sectors in private practice in Macclesfield, Liverpool and Stoke on Trent. In 2007 he gained a PG Dip in Urban Design and led this discipline at Hulme Upright Manning. He was lead designer for several community led estate renewal masterplans and mixed-use urban renewal and public realm proposals, notably for Keele University and Hanley city centre. Since 2011 Dryden has worked in an architectural and urban design advisor role for Local Authorities in Gloucestershire and Staffordshire on a very wide range of development typologies including many Paragraph 80 dwellings, but with a particular focus on strategic planning, residential masterplans, and urban extensions. Since 2017 he has been a member of the Project Delivery Team for Stafford Borough’s Garden Town programme at Meecebrook, several Future High Street funded regeneration projects and more recently on the preparatory work for the future delivery of Design Coding. Always a passionate advocate for design excellence, since 2005 Dryden was a panel member of the Urban Vision North Staffordshire, Gloucestershire and MADE Design Review Panels.