The Bartlett School of Architecture

Dr Claire McAndrew

Dr Claire McAndrew

Director of Research and Senior Research Associate

Inst for Dig Innovation in the Built Env

The Bartlett Sch of Const & Proj Mgt

Joined UCL
14th Nov 2011

Research summary

Combining social science insight and design-led thinking, Claire's research focuses on the possibilities of design and digital innovation within the built environment for transformative social and cultural effect.

She has collaborated on projects funded by AHRC, RIBA, Dstl and joint RCUK initiatives in the contexts of human wellbeing, security and resilience, digital public space, the value and impact of design, and speculative digital futures in the global south. These have been in partnership with the UK Science and Innovation Network, British Council, BBC and Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure amongst others. Claire has delivered papers on digital innovation globally — from Berlin to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Amsterdam, Brussels, Delhi and Hong Kong. She has published internationally and was commissioned in 2012 to co-author a set of design guidelines for UK government on interactive communications in public spaces. Collaborative installations have been exhibited at FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) in Liverpool and London’s Southbank Centre, as well as internationally at Khōj International Artists’ Association and India Habitat Centre in Delhi and Gwangju Design Biennale 2015 in South Korea.

Claire curates the bi-monthly talk series Digital Matters and represents the Institute for Digital Innovation in the Built Environment on a number of Faculty-level boards, including the Research Advisory Group, Enterprise Advisory Group and The Bartlett Public Policy Board.

Teaching summary

Claire is a member of the working group for the MSc Digital Innovation in the Built Environment due to launch September 2017 (subject to confirmation) and other postgraduate taught programmes currently in development at The Bartlett. She has delivered guest lectures at The Bartlett on MSc Facility and Environment Management, MSc Environmental Design and Engineering and MSc Light and Lighting, alongside MA Communication Design at Central Saint Martins. Her supervision of dissertations and involvement of postgraduate students in research projects and workshops, makes possible learning through dialogue and critical enquiry, with students seen as co-producers of knowledge. Claire also contributes in an advisory capacity to The Bartlett Future Cities Doctoral Network, a series established in 2014 that aims to critically explore the uncertainty and complexity arising from our collective urban futures.


Claire is a Senior Research Associate and Director of Research at the Institute for Digital Innovation in the Built Environment. She has spent the last eight years collaborating on national and international digital innovation projects that traverse communication and interaction design, social science and the built environment. In 2014 she was awarded an AHRC UnBox LABS Fellowship on Future Cities. She joined The Bartlett in 2011, receiving her Chartered Psychologist status the same year. Prior to joining The Bartlett, Claire worked at University of the Arts London (2008/11) in the design research group Information Environments.