New appointments in UCL Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment

16 December 2009

The new Dean of UCL’s Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment, Professor Alan Penn, has announced three new appointments, with effect from 1 January 2010.

Iain Borden

After eight years as Head of the UCL Bartlett School of Architecture, Professor Iain Borden is now taking up a new role within the Bartlett Faculty as a whole as Vice-Dean for Communications. In this new role he will have overall responsibility for internal and external communications, including the Faculty's website, publications, exhibitions, alumni relations and digital outputs. Professor Borden is a world-leading architectural historian and theorist.

Professor Borden says: “The energy and creativity of the Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment lie at the heart of UCL. Through their world-class research, teaching and enterprise activities, all of our schools – Architecture, Construction and Project Management, Planning, Graduate Studies and the Development Planning Unit – make a massive multi- and inter-disciplinary contribution to the built environment. It is a privilege to be helping to promote and disseminate such a wealth of outstanding endeavours.”

David Cobb

Dr Marcos Cruz becomes Director of the UCL Bartlett School of Architecture. In this role he will be working with the Dean, the School's professors and other staff to enhance and extend the Bartlett's reputation as one of the world's leading centres of architectural higher education. Dr Cruz is a London-based architect and lecturer at UCL. As well as co-tutor of the School's renowned Diploma/MArch Unit 20, he is a co-founder of marcosandmarjan architects.

David Cobb joins the Bartlett from UCL Business following a period of three years managing UCL’s UrbanBuzz knowledge exchange programme in the field of building sustainable communities. He is a chartered civil engineer who once specialised in geotechnical engineering before completing an MBA at Cranfield in 1991. Since then he has worked mainly in the public sector on major projects. His broad understanding and exposure to diverse sectors in the built environment leaves him well-placed to take on his new position as Director of Business Development.

Professor Alan Penn, who took over the Deanship of the Bartlett in September of this year, says: “I am very pleased that Marcos Cruz is taking over to direct the Bartlett School of Architecture. He brings enthusiasm and a wealth of practice-based experience to the job. Along with Professor Borden and David Cobb’s new roles this year, we will be looking to appoint the Bartlett Professorship in Architecture, the oldest established Chair of Architecture in the country. Taken together, the Bartlett will be well placed to develop a radically new vision for architectural design, research and education in the UK.”

Images of Iain Borden and David Cobb.


UCL context

The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment at UCL incorporates the Schools of Architecture, Construction and Project Management, Planning, Graduate Studies and the Development Planning Unit.

British architectural education as a university-based subject began at UCL in 1841, and since then the UCL Bartlett School of Architecture has been at the forefront of the international architectural debate. Over the last decade it has consistently been voted by professional architects as the best School of Architecture, and is one of leading centres in the world for architectural research in design, history and theory and technology.

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