The Bartlett School of Architecture

Dr Brent Carnell

Dr Brent Carnell

Principal Teaching Fellow

UCL Arena Centre

VP: Education

Joined UCL
26th Sep 2011

Research summary

My research interests are diverse and multi-disciplinary. Most recently my work focuses on the intersection of research-based education and the holistic university physical environment. I lead a small research project looking at research-based education and learning spaces, both within and beyond traditional settings. My other research agenda measures the impact of Connected Curriculum (the institution's research-based education strategy). Former research has focused on the themes of improving the student experience, peer assessment, researcher development, social justice and equality, minorities and diversity in space.

My doctoral research (completed in 2013) was situated at the intersection of gender studies, queer theory, geographies of sexualities, and architectural history. The work focuses on the production of domestic space. It employed a feminist, queer theorised and political approach to architectural history, specifically by focusing on sexual minorities’ experiences of domesticity in London. Publications in this area are under my previous surname (Pilkey), while education-focused research is published under Carnell. 

Teaching summary

I currently coordinate BARC0098 Architectural Research III  a third year undergraduate module on the BSc Architectural and Interdisciplinary Studies programme. In this module students have nine months to conduct rigorous independent research on a subject relevant to the built environment and write a substantial book chapter, with plenty of peer and tutor support. In The Bartlett, I also play a role on the Part 3 programme (Module 1). Each year I supervise a small number of Masters of Architecture (MArch) fifth-year dissertation students. In 2016 my supervisee, Robin Farmer, received a dissertation medal commendation from The Royal Institute of British Architects, for his work, A flâneur’s guide to boystown: Performativity, pride and place. I am also a supervisor for two PhD projects, both on Learning Spaces - one in The Bartlett School of Architecture (second supervisor), and one starting soon at University College Cork (adjunct supervisor). 

I also teach and assess on all levels of UCL Arena, our Higher Education Academy accredited education development programme for educators and those who support teaching.


University College London
SFHEA, Education | 2017
University College London
FHEA, Education | 2015
Institute of Education
CLTHE_2, Teaching and Learning in Higher Education | 2015
University College London
AFHEA, Education | 2014
Institute of Education
CLTHE_1, Teaching and Learning in Higher Education | 2014
University College London
PhD, Architecture History and Theory | 2013
University of Toronto
MA, Art History | 2009
University of Toronto
BA Hons, Architecture | 2008
Fanshawe College
Dipl., Architectural Technology | 2005


I am a Principal Teaching Fellow, based in both The Arena Centre for Research-based Education, and The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. At the Arena Centre I lead on the UCL Connected Curriculum, UCL's distinct approach to research-based education. I support education development in The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment. I teach on UCL Arena Two, the staff development programme for educators. And I conduct education-focused research. At The Bartlett School of Architecture I coordinate a third-year undergraduate module, Architectural Research III, a full and final-year module on the BSc Architectural and Interdisciplinary Studies programme.