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UCL Built Environment Clubs

UCL Built Environment Clubs bring together a network of UCL alumni, as well as a wider community of professionals and those with an active interest in the Built Environment.

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Together, the UCL Built Environment Clubs (BECs) are able to foster a programme of sustainable change in the built environment across the world.

Join a Built Environment Club

UCL's BECs are always expanding. To join an existing club or find out more about a BEC near you, follow the links below to LinkedIn:


Hong Kong






+ Singapore





More about the BECs

Rapid urbanisation, for example in parts of East Asia, has established a demand for socially and environmentally responsible innovations. Programmes achieved through harnessing the academic knowledge and ‘local’ practitioner experience in BEC host cities will lead to the further development of the knowledge and skills necessary for influencing urbanisation and regeneration programmes. 

The key to the success of the BECs is the active leadership and support locally on the ground. As the BECs continue to grow in Asia, and are established elsewhere, UCL’s vision for this global network is that, together, its alumni and local built environment professionals will positively influence the development of urbanisation and regeneration programmes and government policy.

What are the benefits of joining a BEC?

Being part of a BEC means taking a place within a mutually beneficial network. With the support of local UCL alumni and associated built environment professionals, UCL can deliver training, lectures and workshops for a wide range of expertise – ranging from high-ranking city officials through to students of local universities. BEC members benefit from having strong ties with UCL – a world-leading institution.

BECs members have access to:

  • A local network of influential built environment professionals
  • Academic experts in a world-class education institution
  • Life-long learning opportunities for personal and organisational professional development
  • Multidisciplinary ‘critical design review panels’
  • Hosting intern short-term placements and employing graduate students

Professor Alan Penn, Dean of The Bartlett (2009-2019): 

The launch of the BECs will help to support work on strengthening host cities’ urbanisation knowledge bases and skills. We aim to achieve this through research collaboration, advisory and executive training programmes delivered both in the UK and bases in Asia, the Americas and, in time, other regions.

We also aim to build stronger connections between our current students and alumni, and work towards increasing the opportunities for them in the areas of employment, internships and mentoring. This is in addition to supporting British professional services companies working in host countries, thus creating a powerful ‘offer’ of the knowledge and practitioner bases.