The Bartlett School of Architecture

Dr Claire Mcandrew

Dr Claire Mcandrew

Senior Research Associate

The Bartlett School of Architecture

Faculty of the Built Environment

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. Her work informs the delivery of public engagement activities through experimentation in architectural pedagogy and research at The Bartlett School of Architecture.

Claire 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. In 2014 she was awarded an AHRC Unbox LABS Fellowship on Future Cities. 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 Khoj International Artists’ Association and India Habitat Centre in Delhi and Gwangju Design Biennale 2015 in South Korea.

Teaching summary

Claire delivers ‘Digital Innovation: Collaborative Practice’ as a part of the MSc Digital Innovation in Built Asset Management. Her supervision of doctoral dissertations and involvement of postgraduate students in research projects, brings an ethos of learning through dialogue and critical enquiry with students seems as co-producers of knowledge. She has delivered guest lectures across The Bartlett Faculty, alongside MA Communication Design at Central Saint Martins. Claire 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.


University of Surrey
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2008
University of Surrey
Other higher degree, Master of Science | 2004
University of Surrey
First Degree, Bachelor of Science | 2003


Claire is a Senior Research Fellow in Public Engagement at The Bartlett School of Architecture. From 2016/18 she was Director of Research at UCL’s Institute for Digital Innovation in the Built Environment. 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.