The Bartlett School of Planning


BSP launches new CPD course in Civic Design

12 April 2019

From May 7th 2019 the School of Planning is running a new CPD programme in which you can learn how to run a co-design process, better enable civic engagement and involve communities in decision-making.

Civic Design

Dr. Pablo Sendra will coordinate this blended course for planners, urban designers and architects working in practice, consultancy, as freelancers, or in local authorities. 


  • 20% discount for UCL students and alumni (email anthony.grout@ucl.ac.uk to request a discount code).
  • 20% discount for organisations booking 5 or more places in the course (automatic discount when selecting more than 5 places).

The Programme

Civic engagement is now considered to be a key process in urban design and planning practice. For avoiding ‘box-ticking’ engagement processes that do not genuinely involve communities in decision making, it is essential to learn and experience how to work in collaboration with communities.

Delivered in collaboration with community groups across London, the UCL Civic Design course will:

  • Equip participants with methods and tools to run co-design processes, enable civic engagement and involve communities in decision-making.
  • Expose participants to the direct experience of working in collaboration with community groups.

The Civic Design course ran last year as a UCL Summer School. Students worked in collaboration with the campaigns Westway23, Friends of North Kensington Library and Save Wornington College. Download a summary of the course and of the coursework. A summary of the course and the coursework was included in the book Civic Design, published by the Civic Innovation School. See pages 298 – 311. Download full book in open access.

Discounts are offered to current students, alumni and for organisations booking groups of 5 or more.

Visit the programme page to read more about the programme and to apply.