The Bartlett School of Planning

Dr Michael Short

Dr Michael Short

Senior Teaching Fellow in Planning

The Bartlett School of Planning

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
14th Sep 2015

Research summary

An urbanist and conservator interested in issues of design quality in the historic environment, I undertake practice-based projects, teaching and research across the planning-urban design-architecture fields with my interests centred around:

- the management of change in complex urban areas;

- the role of planning in delivering high quality design;

- the conservation of buildings and townscapes of the recent past;

- tall building proposals and their impact on the character of cities;

- densification strategies and the impact upon character of cities; and 

- studio based teaching methods, and group work.

I would welcome research students in these broad areas.

Teaching summary

I am programme director for the new 2-year MPlan City Planning. Additionally, I coordinate the following modules:

BPLN0074 Introduction to Management 1 (UG)

BPLN0068 Planning Practices for Urban Development in Historic Areas (PG)

BPLN0005 Plan-Making Studio I (PG)

BPLN0007 Placement in City Planning (PG)

I also teach on the following modules:

BPLN0043 From Strategic Vision to Urban Plan (PG)

BPLN0033 Collaborative City Planning Strategies (PG)

BPLN0034 Sustainable Futures By Design (PG)


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University of West England
, | 2009
University of Manchester
, | 2007
Sheffield Hallam University
, | 2001
University of Dundee
, | 1994


I joined UCL in September 2015 having worked as a planner/urban designer/conservation officer across a range of public and private organisations; for Salford City Council as the lead officer negotiating the design integration of the Metrolink tram system extension to Eccles (1994-97), as Senior Planner with Barton Willmore Planning Partnership (1998-99) then Network Rail as their conservation officer dealing with historic environment issues within the company’s estate (1999-2001). I then ran a two year ESRC-funded research project at the University of Manchester looking at strategic environmental assessment in plan-making (2001-2003). I read for my PhD at the University of Manchester looking at the design, and impact, of skyscraper proposals on the character of place, co-funded by the ESRC and English Heritage (now Historic England), and supervised by Professor Michael Hebbert (now UCL) and Dr Aidan While (now University of Sheffield) from 2003 to 2007. I worked at UWE Bristol from 2008-15 as Senior Lecturer in Planning and Urban Conservation.

I am a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (MRTPI), the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC), and am an Academician of the Academy of Urbanism.