The Bartlett School of Planning

Prof Stephen Marshall

Prof Stephen Marshall

Professor of Urban Morphology and Urban Design

The Bartlett School of Planning

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
1st Dec 2000

Research summary

My research interests address interactions between the following areas:

  • Urban design theory, including relationships with science and art;
  • Urban form and morphology;
  • Street layout and network structure;
  • Urban design and planning codes;
  • Urban evolution; nature-inspired urbanism. 

My most recent ongoing research relates to:

  • Linking urban design interventions to online participative design (Incubators of Public Spaces project; https://www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/planning/incubators-public-spaces);
  • Biological analogies used in urbanism (Self-Organising Built Environment project; https://www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/planning/research-projects/2018/nov/self-organising-built-environment); 
  • Complexity science interpretations of urban morphology;
  • Street network studies (https://rdcu.be/bbNso).

Teaching summary

Academic year 2020-21

· BSc2 Urban Form and Formation (co-ordinator)

· BSc3 Transport Policy and Planning (co-ordinator)

· MSc Urban Design Specialism module (contributor)

· MRes Inter-disciplinary Urban Design (contributor)

In previous years

· Urban Design Specialism module (co-ordinator)

· Sustainable Urban Development Project (contributor)

· Advanced Research Methods (co-ordinator)

· Planning Project: Plan-Making (co-ordinator)

· Critical Debates in Planning (contributor) 


University College London
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2001
Edinburgh College of Art
Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), Postgraduate Diploma | 1995
University of Leeds
Other higher degree, Master of Science | 1989
University of Glasgow
First Degree, Bachelor of Engineering | 1988


Stephen Marshall is Professor in Urban Morphology and Urban Design at the Bartlett School of Planning, University College London. Dr Marshall has over twenty five years’ experience in the built environment fields, initially in consultancy and subsequently in academia. His principal research interests are in urban morphology and street layout, and their relationships with urban formative processes, including urban design, coding and planning. He has written or edited several books, including Streets and Patterns (2005), Land Use and Transport (with David Banister), Cities, Design and Evolution (2009) and Urban Coding and Planning (2011). He was Chair of the Editorial Board of Urban Design and Planning (Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers journal series) from its launch to 2012; and is now co-editor of Built Environment journal (https://www.alexandrinepress.co.uk/built-environment).