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Prof Matthew Carmona

Prof Matthew Carmona

Professor of Planning and Urban Design

The Bartlett School of Planning

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
1st Sep 1998

Research summary

Prof Matthew Carmona has undertaken a wide range of research projects including:

  • Urban Design Group, Urban Design Skills in Local Authorities, Jan 2017-April 2017 (£5,000)
  • Transport for London, The Value of Better Street Design, April 2016-Jan. 2017 
  • Norwegian Research Council, Governing private provision of public space: developing governance models and urban design that ensure inclusive, democratic public space (DEMOS), April 2016-April 2019 (with Norwegian Institute for Urban & Regional Research, Oslo)
  • Australian Research Council, Infill Developments: Project HOME (Housing Outcomes Metrics and Evaluation), April 2016-April 2019 (with RMIT Melbourne)
  • Department for Business Innovation and Skills, Foresight Futures Project: Sustainable Urban Place-shaping, Feb. 2013-June 2013
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council, Evaluating the Governance of Design in the Built Environment, the CABE Experiment and Beyond, Jan. 2013-Aug. 2014
  • London Development Agency, London’s High Street Agenda, Nov.2009-May 2010

  • European Union (URBACT), Housing Praxis for Urban Sustainability, Nov. 2008-March 2010

  • Economic & Social Research Council, Global Place, Contested Space, The case of the New London Squares, Aug. 2007- Dec. 2010

  • Department for Communities, Local Environmental Quality: Establishing Acceptable Standards, Jan. 2006-Sept. 2006 

  • Audit Commission, National Planning Study, April 2005-October 2005 

  • CABE, Design Policy and Local Development Frameworks, Nov. 2004-Jan. 2005 

  • Office for the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM), Design Code Pilot Programme Evaluation, June. 2004-Nov 2005 

  • CABE Space, Managing Public Urban Green Space: An International Comparative Study, Sept. 2003-March. 2004 

  • CABE Space, The Value of Public Space, Oct. 2003-Dec. 2003 

  • CABE, The Economic Value of Design in Commercial Office Developments, Jan 2004-June 2004 

  • CABE / Office for the Deputy Prime Minister, The Development and Use of Design Codes in the UK, Jan 2004-June 2004
  • Office for the Deputy Prime Minister, Managing External Public Space, April 2002-Dec.2002)
  • Economic and Social Research Council, Measuring Quality – Best Value in Planning and Urban Design, Oct. 2001-Dec. 2002

Teaching summary

Prof. Matthew Carmona teaches undergraduate, postgraduate and research students. His classes focus on urban design theory and practice and the governance of design. Much of his teaching utilises project work as a vehicle for learning and London as the laboratory for this.

He leads a group of international research students examining a wide range of subjects in the broad field of urban design, public space design and management, and the governance of design.

He founded the UCL Urban Skills Portal

Education

University of Nottingham
PhD, Urban Planning | 1998
University of Nottingham
MA, Planning studies | 1991
University of Nottingham
B.Arch, Architecture | 1990
University of Nottingham
BA Hons, Architecture | 1987

Biography

Matthew is a Registered Architect and a Chartered Planner and has previously lectured at the University of Nottingham and before that worked as a researcher at Strathclyde and Reading Universities and as an architect in both public and private practice.  His research has focused on processes of design governance and on the design and management of public space, having worked on a range of research projects examining:

 

•   design policies and guidance

•   design coding

•   residential design and development processes

•   the value of urban design

•   measuring quality in planning

•   public space design and management

•   London's streets and spaces

•   The governance of design


Matthew is Chair of the Place Alliance, a cross-sector collaborative alliance for place quality, see: https://www.bartlett.ucl.ac.uk/placealliance and was recently Specialist Advisor to the House of Lords Select Committee on the Built Environment.  In 2015 he won the RTPI Academic Award for Research Excellence and in 2016 the RTPI Sir Peter Hall Award for Wider Engagement

 

Matthew is European Associate Editor for the ‘Journal of Urban Design’.  He is a regular advisor to government and government agencies both in the UK and overseas and lectures internationally.  He writes a column for Town & Country Planning, the journal of the Town & Country Planning Association and writes a blog: https://matthew-carmona.com

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