The Bartlett School of Planning

Ms Valentina Giordano

Ms Valentina Giordano

Lecturer (Teaching)

The Bartlett School of Planning

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
29th Sep 2014

Research summary

Valentina is a Lecturer at the Bartlett School of Planning where she also manages the Place Alliance, a cross-sector collaborative alliance for place quality, chaired by Professor Matthew Carmona. 

In her role as Researcher, she has been working to deliver a research programme focused on generating a baseline of knowledge about the quality of the built environment and its delivery. This ongoing study programme will monitor the capacity of the country to deliver high-quality urban environments, whilst tracking how this change over time.

🏆 In 2022, Prof Matthew Carmona and Valentina Giordano have been awarded the RTPI Sir Peter Hall Award for Excellence in Research and Engagement for their Place Alliance Research “Appealing Design”

🌟 In 2020, the Place Alliance has been selected by UN-Habitat as one of their ‘Inspiring Practices’ for the Compendium of Case Studies

🏆 In 2016, the Place Alliance was awarded the RTPI Sir Peter Hall Award for Wider Engagement for Research Excellence 

Teaching summary

Valentina has taught for several consecutive years on severalUrban Design modules on both Undergraduate and Postgraduate Programmes, as wellas acting as research supervisor on the LaidlawScholarship Programme

📌 BSc "Urban Lab I: GraphicSkills"

📌 BSc "Urban Design: Theory toPractice"

📌 MSc 'Urban Design: PlaceMaking"  

📌 MSc "Urban Design: Guidance,Incentive & Control"

From 2014 till 2020 Valentina curated and coordinated the BartlettSchool of Planning Expo, an exhibition which displays the work of all itsstudents across undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral programmes.


University College London
Other higher degree, Master of Science | 2003
University College London
Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), Diploma | 2002
University College London
First Degree, Bachelor of Science | 2001


I am an Urban Designer with over 15 years of UK experience in professional consultancy (urban design and streetscape intervention), academic research and teaching. I am a Chartered Member of RTPI and an Urban Design Group Recognised Practitioner.

Working extensively as a Research Fellow at the Bartlett School of Planning, I have been instrumental in a study programme to reflect on current practice in the design governance field whilst generating a base-line of knowledge about the quality of the built environment, and its delivery at the local and national level. I also serve as Project Manager and Research Coordinator of the Place Alliance, chaired by Professor Matthew Carmona.

The primary aim of Place Alliance campaign work is to advocate for changes in policy and practice. I have played a lead role within the Place Alliance to fulfil research and public engagement tasks, diligently ensuring that one always complements and supports the other.

During this time, I have established specific expertise in the planning, environmental assessment, and design of transport infrastructure and public realm projects in London and related public consultation processes.