The Bartlett Real Estate Institute


Academic staff

The Bartlett Real Estate Institute is directed by Professor Andrew Edkins.

Andrew Edkins – BREI Director

Andrew Edkins

Andrew has a background in real estate, from complex commercial refurbishments to being part of the team who built Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, the first 'fast-track' major teaching hospital project.

Research projects

Andrew's first research project led to the book The Constructors' Key Guide to PFI. The success of this led to an additional funded research project that generated a second book The Role of Cost Saving and Innovation in PFI Projects. In 2008/9, this interest in PFI procurement (and then PPPs) led to an extremely successful Knowledge Transfer Partnership project with KPMG.

Andrew's other research interest is projects and their management. Most recently, he was part of a team collaborating on a project commissioned by Infrastructure UK (part of HM Treasury) looking at potential interdependencies arising from proposed significant infrastructure projects in the UK.


Yolande Barnes – BREI Chair

Yolande Barnes

Yolande has been examining and analysing real estate markets since 1986. As Director of World Research at Savills, Yolande provided evidence-based advice to clients and thought-leadership in real estate.

She set up and ran the UK residential research department, pioneering and developing new techniques for measuring place potential, land values and sustainable urbanism.

In 2012, she applied these techniques globally and in 2014 took on all sectors worldwide, focusing on cities.

She is an advisor to a variety of different enterprises and organisations. She writes regularly for research publications, national and international newspapers on a variety of property-related topics, and regularly appears on television and radio.


Evangelia Chrysikou – Programme Director, MSc Healthcare Facilties

Lia Chrysikou

As well as being a Lecturer at the Bartlett Real Estate Institute (BREI), Evangelia is a registered architect (ARB) and medical planner. She is among the few architects globally holding a PhD in healthcare architecture.

Research projects

Evangelia has received a Marie Curie Individual Fellowship from the European Commission Horizon 2020 for PEMETH (Planning and Evaluation Methodologies for Mental Healthcare Buildings). She has recently won a Butterfield Award from the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation for UK-Japan collaboration in medical research and public health practice.

Evangelia's research interests include the study of mental health, architecture for health and welfare, medical planning and accessibility, welfare and wellness facilities, autism, healthcare, medical architecture innovation, medical tourism planning and the design of tourism facilities.


Alexi Marmot – Director, Global Centre for Learning Environments 

Alexi Marmot

Alexi is an internationally acknowledged expert in the design, management and use of places for work and for learning. Educated in architecture and town planning, Alexi has spent the last thirty years exploring how people use space, how buildings operate in practice, and how to create buildings that really work for the organisations that inhabit them.

During her time at UCL, Alexi has continued to draw on her applied professional knowledge to inform teaching and research.


Jos Boys – Senior Lecturer in MSc Learning Environments

Jos Boys

Jos has worked for over 10 years as an independent Learning Spaces consultant and researcher. Her background is in architecture and urban planning and she has written extensively about the complex and often contested inter-relationships between pedagogies, academic development, institutional policy and strategies, facilities planning and learning space design. 

Jos has also worked as a tutor in architecture and related disciplines; as an academic developer and instructional designer; and as a community-based design practitioner and activist. She is particularly interested in how to improve our understanding of everyday social, material and spatial practices, in support of the most disadvantaged in society. Her work explores how we can work across different perspectives and agendas to collaboratively discuss and improve learning environments both within and beyond the academy.


Larissa Lai - PhD Student/Teaching Assistant MSc Healthcare Facilities

Larissa Lai

Larissa is a PhD Student at Insitute for Global Prosperity and BREI, working closely with the Healthcare Facilities program. Previously, Larissa worked as a psychotherapist and is a licensed social worker of New York State. She also performed work in program evaluation and design for social services, and has a background in public health and social sciences research. Larissa obtained her Master in Social Work degree at New York University and MSc in City and Regional Planning at Pratt Institute. 

Larissa's recent work and research focuses on sustainable community development, a holistic approach in planning healthy communities, especially when it comes to social equity and environmental justice for vulnerable populations. She has participated in various trans-disciplinary projects including on transforming urban food systems through grassroot initiatives and affordable housing in New York City. Her PhD research strategizes the planning and implementation of closed-loop systems for health/care communities healthcare facilities, considering the interactions of physical infrastructure, operational processes, and health/care services provision in integrated live-work communities, with the long-term goal to optimize affordability and eco-psychosocial benefits for residents.