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 in urban places, urban place-rhythms and place-rhythmanalysis, sensory urbanism, placemaking by design, and the interface between musical and urban aesthetics, and also, the interface between design, performance, affect and choreographies of place. She also researches in the area of society and culture in sustainable urban design, inclusive urban design, and is interested in the emergence of new urban place 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 a co-researcher on the ESRC-funded project "Global Place Contested Space? The case of the new London squares", with Professor Matthew Carmona, from which resulted various publications, including the 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. Recent research contributions include, "Place-temporality and rhythmicity: and new aesthetics and methodological foundation for urban design theory and practice", in Carmona (ed), for Ashgate, "Place-temporality and urban place-rhythms in Urban Analysis and Design" for the Journal and Urban Design, Taylor and Francis. Broadly, this research, looks at the importance of the sense of time and rhythmicity in urban space and how it is induced through sensorial and affective events. It proposes a conceptual and analytical framework for the study of the intersubjective time of places in the city. 

Filipa is a regular keynote at academic events (Future Cities Conference, 2013, in Porto, On Theory and Method Conference, Architecture in Effects Swedish research group, 2014, Lund). She is also an academic referee for International Journals (Journal of Urban Design, Urban Studies, Ambiances International Journal, and other), and book Publishers (Built Environment Routlegde, 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 the MSc Urban Design and City Planning. She has taught on a broad range of undergraduate and graduate modules. Currently she leads Critical Debates in urban Design and City Planning (BENVGPD2) dedicated to the interface between urban design theory and practice and the relationship to fields of Planning, Development and Sustainability. Filipa is also the coordinator for the final MSc Major Research Projects (BENVSU4) for both the MSc Urban Design and City Planning and MSc Sustainable Urbanism. 


University College London
PhD, Planning studies | 2010
ArtEZ Institute of the Arts
BMUS, Music Performance | 2001
Universidade do Porto
DipArch, Architecture | 2000


Filipa Matos Wunderlich is a Lecturer in Urban Design at the Bartlett School of Planning, University College London. Prior to becoming a Lecturer, Filipa worked as Research Associate at the Bartlett, where she also completed her PhD. Before engaging with academia she worked extensively as a chartered practitioner in architecture and urban design, namely at the internationally renowned firm KCAP, Kees Christiaanse Architects & Planners, in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Filipa is a registered Architect of the Order of Portuguese (OARSN). Filipa trained as an architect at Faculty of Architecture of University of Porto (FAUP), Portugal, and the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment of Technical University of Delft (TUDelft); and also as a musician in the Conservatorium of ArtEZ Institute of Arts, Zwolle,The Netherlands.