The Bartlett School of Planning

Dr Juliana Martins

Dr Juliana Martins

Associate Professor (Teaching)

The Bartlett School of Planning

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
1st Oct 2009

Research summary

My research interests span across the following themes:

Urban creative clusters: relationship between economic activities and the spatial configuration of the city, and the use and production of space and place;

Spatiality of work: contemporary patterns of work and how these are mediated by the built environment at different scales;

Urban design: inter-disciplinary and cross-scale approaches (interface with the fields of human and economic geography, planning, and urban sociology); public space.

My PhD research examines the relationship between space and digital production in Shoreditch, East London (2009-2014). Drawing together approaches from urban design and economic and human geography, it examines and conceptualizes how space is used in digital work practices and which spatial conditions mediate, at multiple scales, the operation of digital economy firms in inner-city locations. The study develops a new approach in this field of enquiry by investigating these relationships through the spatiality of (digital) work.

Teaching summary

I have been teaching at the Bartlett School of Planning since 2010 in the field of urban design and planning. I lead or contribute to the following modules:

  • BENVGTC2 Urban Design: Layout, Density and Typology (coordinator)

  • BENVGID3 Urban Design Research Project (coordinator) 

  • BENVGPD2 Critical Debates in Urban Design and City Planning (contributor)

  • BENVGPLG International Planning Project (contributor)

  • ENVS1018 Introducing Urban Design: Design Skills (contributor up to 2016/17)

  • ENVS3016: Urban Design: Space and Place (coordinator)

Currently, I am acting Director of Education for the School of Planning.

I have also been a visiting lecturer at the Faculty of Science and Technology, New University of Lisbon (2005/2006), invited guest speaker at the Department of Architecture and Urbanism, University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL), and guest crit at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London, and the Faculty of Architecture (FAUTL), Lisbon. 


University College London
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2016
Architectural Association School of Architecture
Other higher degree, Master of Arts | 2005
Universidade Tecnica de Lisboa
Other qualifications at first-degree level (including professional), Licenciatura | 2001


Iam an Associate Professor (Teaching) in Urban Design at the Bartlett School of Planning, UniversityCollege London (UCL). I have a Degree in Architecture from the Faculty of Architecture of the Technical University of Lisbon, a Master of Arts in Housing and Urbanism from the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London, and a PhD in Planning Studies from the University College London, Bartlett School of Planning.

Priorto joining UCL, I worked as an architect, urban designer and policy adviser,both in the public and private sectors. For five years, I worked in the designof buildings and large scale urban projects in offices based in London andLisbon, and contributed to the development of several masterplans.