The Bartlett Development Planning Unit

Ms Rita Lambert

Ms Rita Lambert

Teaching Fellow

Development Planning Unit

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
1st Apr 2012


Rita Lambert is a Teaching Fellow at the Development Planning Unit, UCL. She is  engaged in the planning and delivery of the practice module of the MSc in Environment and Sustainable Development and is also a co-investigator is several research projects which include: 

  • cLIMA sin Riesgo - Disrupting urban ‘risk traps’: bridging finance and knowledge for climate resilient infrastructural planning in Lima; 
  • ReMap Lima; 
  • Urban Africa: Risk and Capacity; 
  • The Heuristics of Mapping Urban Environmental Change.

Originally from Ethiopia, she undertook her studies in Architecture at the University of Edinburgh, graduating also from the Architectural Association in London, where she later taught  in the final years of the Diploma in Architecture. Her main expertise are in conducting research and academic teaching on spatialising urban environmental trends and using mapping and maps as tools for analysis, organization, representation and negotiation. Her particular interest lies in mapping, as a tool which can be adopted by ordinary citizens to navigate institutional barriers and expand the room for manoeuvre towards environmentally just urbanisation. Her PhD looks at the relationship between planning and cartography with a focus on the implication of spatial knowledge production and circulation in marginalized areas in the centre and the periphery of Lima, Peru.

She has 10 years of professional experience as an architect and urban planner, 8 years of academic teaching between the Architectural Association (4 years) and the Development Planning Unit- UCL (4 years) in urban design, urban regeneration, building technologies, participatory research methodologies, mapping, environmental justice, spatializing risk, action-research. Her experience also includes consultations with community-based organization, NGO’s, and government organizations. She has fieldwork experience in the following countries:  Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Panama, Peru, Colombia, UK and United States. 

She speaks 6 languages fluently: English, Spanish, French, Italian, Amharic and Tigrigna