The Bartlett School of Architecture

Prof Laura Vaughan

Prof Laura Vaughan

Professor of Urban Form and Society

The Bartlett School of Architecture

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
1st Oct 2003

Research summary

Laura’s research is anchored in the discipline of space syntax, which provides a scientific approach to studying buildings and cities as socio-spatial systems. Her expertise lies in applying space syntax methods to investigate the patterning of poverty, segregation, and economic and social exchange in cities – with a human-centred focus on data. Laura’s research spans across urban history, urban migration and settlement, and urban health. Through this she has collaborated variously with experts in history, geography, crime science, public health, anthropology, transport and planning.

Laura blogs at http://urbanformation.wordpress.com/.

Teaching summary

Laura Vaughan teaches on the MSc/MRes Space Syntax at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. She was director of the MSc (when it was called Advanced Architectural Studies) from 2001-2009, when she ran several urban-related modules. She is currently responsible for the Spatial Justice module, which examines the interface between urban form and social outcomes. To explore these issues, the module presents research into the relationship between urban design and crime, poverty, health, environmental justice and other issues of urban and "disurban" space. She also has an interest in teaching innovation, for which she has published several pieces on the subject.

Laura has been a visiting lecturer at a number of universities in the UK, as well as in the Netherlands, Sweden and Israel.

Laura welcomes approaches from prospective PhD students who are seeking to undertake research that explores the social and economic logic of urban settlement patterns using space syntax.


Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), ATQ01 - Successfully completed an institutional provision in teaching in the HE sector |
University of London
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 1999
University of London
Other higher degree, Master of Science | 1994
Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem
First Degree, Bachelor of Design | 1984


Laura Vaughan is Professor of Urban Form and Society and the Director of the Space Syntax Laboratory at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL.

She completed a Bachelor of Design at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem in 1989. From 1988 onwards she worked at Shlomo Aronson Landscape Architects and then for Yoram Fogel Architects, both in Jerusalem, Israel. She also worked as an illustrator for the David Kroyanker series of books on the architecture of Jerusalem.

Laura returned to London in 1992 to take an MSc in Advanced Architectural Studies at the Bartlett, UCL. She subsequently studied for an EPSRC funded PhD in Architecture (completed 1999) while working as a Research Associate and Company Secretary at Space Syntax Ltd.

Laura joined the Space Syntax Lab in 2001 as a lecturer and MSc programme director. She was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2007 and to Professor in 2011. She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society in 2005. She was also elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 2015.

In addition to her extensive research and teaching activities, Laura is regularly invited to disseminate knowledge to industry, policy-makers and the general public. She has worked with Museum of London on an exhibition on London's East End and has contributed to several programmes on BBC radio and television.