Anna Lowder is a co-founder and director of Hampstead, a New Urbanist community located in Montgomery, Alabama. Together with her husband, Harvi Sahota, Lowder moved to Montgomery from London, England, in 2005, where the couple set out to contribute to the revitalization of urban areas and historic city centers. After restoring a warehouse in Downtown Montgomery to lofts and commercial space, they redeveloped a former A&P Grocery site in Old Cloverdale. For their efforts on The A&P, the couple received an international design award, the 2008 CNU Charter Award – the first awarded in Alabama. They would go on to receive the 2011 CNU Charter Award for another innovative project called Hampstead.
Lowder and Sahota are the founders of Hampstead, a New Urbanist community designed
by DPZ, the town planners of Seaside, Rosemary Beach, and Alys Beach, where they work as Directors of Design & Development. In 2008, the couple founded Mercer Home, a development company focused on creating "forever homes" of long-term value in Hampstead, where residences vary from town homes and condominiums, to spacious courtyard plans and large estate homes. Lowder is a partner in Matter Design Co., a concept and design firm encompassing a multitude of disciplines from digital media, graphic design and publishing to architectural design and interiors. She contributes with copy writing, storytelling, and editing, drawing upon her experience as Editorial Assistant for London’s Sunday Times Magazine, where she wrote and developed story ideas for the weekly news magazine in The Sunday Times newspaper, covering a range of topics from politics, design, fashion, food, and current events.
Lowder graduated Summa Cum Laude from American University in London, England with a Bachelor of Arts in Design; and, Cum Laude from Boston University with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Print Journalism. She is a member of the National Town Builders Association, the Congress for the New Urbanism, and a TedX Dexter Avenue presenter.
In 2008, Lowder and Sahota founded The Hampstead Institute, based on exemplary models set by other New Urbanist communities, including The Seaside Institute. Through their non-profit organization, the couple has brought authors, speakers, community events, educational programs and created urban farms dedicated to children’s education and local food production to Hampstead. As a board member for The Seaside Institute, Lowder contributes her unique and varied background to the mission of furthering the goals and values of Seaside and the New Urbanism. Together with her husband and two children, Lowder resides in Hampstead and Alys Beach.