The Bartlett School of Architecture


About Space Syntax

The Bartlett’s Space Syntax Laboratory is an interdisciplinary research and teaching unit that has pioneered the study of the patterns of space contained in and between buildings – a vital factor in the function of communities and organisations.

The Space Syntax Laboratory was established in 1972 by Professor Bill Hillier and grew out of a realisation that one aspect of the built environment is key to its social function, and also to its failures, and this is the pattern of space contained within and between buildings.

It is space that we occupy and move through, in which we come into contact one with another, and this form of contact is prerequisite for social interaction and economic transaction.

The patterning of space – the result of architectural design – is therefore a crucial component in the social and economic functioning of organisations and communities. In other words, architectural design matters.