The Bartlett School of Planning

Dr Filipa Wunderlich

Dr Filipa Wunderlich


The Bartlett School of Planning

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
22nd Sep 2008

Research summary

Filipa's key research interests include temporality of urban places, urban rhythms and place-rhythmanalysischoreographies of places, temporal urban design, temporal heritage(s), music cultures and development, the interface between urban and musical aesthetics, sensory and performative urbanism, affect and the city, gender neutral urban design, and the design of hybrid typologies in the contemporary city. Core to Filipa research is the synergy between theory and practice; and both theory, methodological innovation in the field of urban design. 

Filipa was research associate for the ESRC-funded project "Global Place Contested Space? The case of the new London squares", from which derived the co-authored seminal book “Capital spaces: the Multi-complex Spaces of a Global City”. Filipa on-going research is on issues of place-temporality and rhythmicity in urban space. Key research contributions in the area of studies include Walking and Rhythmicity: sensing urban space, 2008, (for Journal of Urban Design), Place-temporality and urban place-rhythms in Urban Analysis and Design: an aesthetics akin to music,2013 (for Journal of Urban Design), and, Place-temporality and rhythmicity: a new aesthetics and methodological foundation for urban design theory and practice, in Carmona, M. 2014 (for Ashgate Publishers) and Temporal(ities): A New Perspective into the Design of Time, Rhythm, and Atmosphere in Urban Places, in Koch M, et all (eds.) New Urban Professions, 2018, for JOVIS Publishers. Filipa forthcoming publication Place Temporality: Time, Rhythm and Urban Design,2019, (for Routledge).

Filipa is a regular keynote at academic events (recent events include: 'Beirut Design Week', Beirut 2019, 'Crafting Sonic Urbanism' Colloquium, Paris 2018, 'Anxious City Festival', Rotterdam 2018, "Every Second In-between" Public Talk and Exhibition Opening, Royal College of Art, London 2018). She is also an academic referee for various well-known International Journals (Journal of Urban Design, Urban Design International, Urban Studies, Ambiances International Journal, and other), and book Publishers (Built Environment Routledge, and RIBA Publishers). Filipa sits on the FCT (Portuguese Sciences and Technology Research Council) Research Evaluation Panel, and A3ES (Portuguese Agency for Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education) Accreditation Panel.

Teaching summary

Filipa is the Programme Director of MRes Interdisciplinary Urban Design (IUD). She is the former Director of the MSc Urban Design and City Planning and co-designer at The Bartlett School of Planning. She has one the past years coordinated and taught a broad range of post-graduate modules and undergraduate modules. Currently she leads the MRes IUD main research module - BPLN0022 Urban Investigations, and coordinates the MSc Major Research Projects (Research by Design final major research projects) accross both the MSc Urban Design and City Planning and MSc Sustainable Urbanism.

She has in the past designed and led in the past other various other key postgraduate modules such as the BPLN0032 Critical Debates in Urban Design, dedicated to the interface between urban design theory and practice and the relationship to fields of planning, development and sustainability, also, BENVGTC2 Urban Design: Product, Process and Critique, dedicated to on the understanding and representation of urban design concepts from a literature perspective and through field experience, and the interpretation and critique of masterplans.



University College London
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2010
ArtEZ Institute of the Arts
Doctorate, Bachelor of Music | 2001
Universidade do Porto
Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), Diploma of Architecture | 2000


Filipa Matos Wunderlich is a Lecturer in Urban Design and Director of the cross-faculty research programme MRes in Interdisciplinary Urban Design, at the Bartlett School of Planning, UCL, UK. She is former designer and and Director of the MSc Urban Design and City Planning in the same institution. She coordinates the MSc Major Research Projects (Research by Design final projects). Prior to becoming a Lecturer in 2010, Filipa worked a research associate at the Bartlett. Filipa has an interdisciplinary background, she is an architect, urban designer and musician. Before engaging with academia she worked as a chartered practitioner in Architecture and Urban design in at KCAP, Kees Christiaanse Architects and Planners, in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Filipa trained as an architect at FAUP (Faculty of Architecture of University of Porto), and TUDelft, Faculty of Architecture (Technical University of Delft). She also trained as a performer classical musician in the Conservatorium of ArtEZ Institute of Arts, Zwolle, The Netherlands, before starting her PhD at the Bartlett.