The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis


Polly Hudson

Thesis title: How can we measure analyse and visualise change within the building stock and why is this of relevance to the sustainability agenda?

Primary supervisor: Professor Andrew Hudson-Smith
Secondary supervisor: Dr Adam Dennett
Starting date: October, 2015
Projected completion date: October, 2018

Polly's research focuses on methods for developing and releasing citywide metadata relating to the morphology of the UK building stock. It also looks at the relationship of construction date to capital value, economic and social diversity, health and crime. Methods of calculating demolition rates and geolocating future demolition are also being explored.


Polly designed the Building of Bath Museum in 1992 (shortlisted for the European Museum of the Year 1992)  and founded The Building Exploratory charitable trust in 1996. She has worked in both the construction industry and the conservation sector, and over the past 18 years has designed many GIS related projects and exhibitions, most recently 'Almost Lost' for English heritage at Wellington Arch 2013. Since 2004 her work has focused on 4D GIS animation and energy/urban resource conservation. She was awarded a visiting fellowship at The Centre for the Historic Environment, Kellogg College, University of Oxford in 2010 and was an Honorary Research Associate at CASA from ( 2014-16). Public appointments include boards/committees for English Heritage, the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, The National Lottery and the Royal Institute of British Architects (current).