Dr Michael Short
Senior Teaching Fellow in Planning
The Bartlett School of Planning
Faculty of the Built Environment
- Joined UCL
- 14th Sep 2015
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.
I am programme director for the new 2-year MPlan City Planning and coordinate the following modules:
BPLN0074 Introduction to Management 1 (with Dr Ben Clifford, 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:
BARC0092 Making Cities (UG)
BPLN0043 From Strategic Vision to Urban Plan (PG)
BPLN0033 Collaborative City Planning Strategies (PG)
BPLN0034 Sustainable Futures By Design (PG)
- University of Manchester
- PhD, Urban Design | 2007
- Sheffield Hallam University
- MA, Conservation | 2001
- University of Dundee
- BSc Hons, Town Planning | 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.